Was your first thought, “What leftover white wine?”
I knew you were going to say that!
While we are not big white wine drinkers, we always keep a bottle or two on hand for family and friends who are looking for something refreshingly light or sweet. During particularly busy entertaining seasons, we find ourselves with several half-used bottles of white wine in the fridge. Last weekend we had a total of three, count ‘em three, half-used bottles of white wine. Chardonnay, Muscato, and a super sweet peach flavored Arbor Mist. My sister-in-law finished off the Arbor Mist, thankfully. That left me with the chardonnay and the Muscato.
What to do.
What to do.
I had it!
I used it in a marinade for a beef stew that called for white wine and Brandy. The Muscato was sweet enough to replace the brandy. Which worked out smashingly since I did not have any brandy. Everybody wins.
I got to thinking.
Where else could those white wine leftovers have ended up? So, I did what anyone normal person would do… I searched for ideas on Pinterest, the world’s largest cookbook.
I could have made braised chicken with kale and paprika and a cup of the chardonnay.
How about sparkling fruit sangria? That would be a crowd-pleaser, right?
Risotto, definitely risotto. All I need is half a cup. I could’ve made enough for an army.
I could’ve done what Jacques Pépin does with his leftover wine and leftover cheese.
Rats, I had a turkey breast and this would’ve been so easy to make a juicy roast turkey breast.
Two words – wine salt. Next time, leftovers, next time.
What about you?
What is your favorite way to utilize leftover white wine?
We’ll chat about red wine another day.
For now, I’ll pour myself another glass.
Eat well, my friend. Eat well.