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If you are in the mood to have a boozy Christmas this time around, then you may surely want to check out the fabulous Christmas dinner recipes which use generous amounts of wine in them. Wine and Christmas are quite synonymous and while wine is served at most Christmas dinner tables around the world, cooking with wine is not as popular. However, some of the most delicious and flavoursome Christmas delicacies can actually be made all the more tasty and sinful by the simple addition of some heavenly wine. Read on to know more.
All of the kick, none of the harm
Now, a question that many of you may ask is how safe is it to cook a meal with wine when there are children in the house? Well, you would be happy to know that when you cook with wine, all the alcohol evaporates and only the flavours and the richness of the wine remain in the dish. So basically you get the best of both worlds – you get all the tastes and aromas of the beautiful wine and you cut out the harmful alcoholic effects of the drink and then you are left with dishes that neither the kids nor the adults can refuse!
Starters, mains and desserts
If you want to incorporate the maximum amount of wine in your Christmas dinner, you have to be a bit creative. Let us first talk about the starters. When we speak of a Christmas dinner starter, exquisite dishes such as mussels, creamy spinach fritters and roasted ribs come to mind. And while we all have our favourite recipes for each of these delicacies, we can also go ahead and pull out the bottle of our favourite wine and make the recipe wineliciously yummy! So rather than adding stock in your mussels, drizzle in some chardonnay. Toss in some Riesling over your spinach and then make fritters out of them or simply coat the ribs in some gorgeous merlot instead of the regular olive-oil based marinade and see the difference!
When it comes to the main course, you can indeed broaden the spectrum and use wine more generously in your cooking. So whether you want to serve meat, fish, poultry or veggies, you can find many wine infused recipes for each. Some of the most wonderful Christmas dinner main recipes include Turkey Roast in a Wine and Mushroom Sauce, Fish Baked with Wine and Garlic, Beef Stake served with a Red Wine Jus, Mixed Veggies on a bed of Wine and Shallots, and so on. Most of these recipes are available easily, but like mentioned above, you can be a little creative and incorporate the wine into your cooking at key moments. Your guests would love it and you would be known as a wine chef very soon!
And finally, coming to the desserts, you can do a lot with wine. The traditional Christmas cakes contain wine in them and so you can serve some large slices of these cakes to your guests. Also, you can add generous dollops of wine to your fruit salads, puddings and custards and make them taste extraordinary.
Pairing the food and the wine
Preparing a good Christmas dinner doesn’t end at cooking the dishes. You also need to serve them with the proper wines. So make sure you pair your wine and food properly. The thumb rule to remember here is that you need a wine that neutralises the flavours of the food. So if you are cooking a spicy Christmas dinner, just serve a soothing, fruity wine that will cleanse the palette and give a refreshed feeling in the mouth. Merlots and other rich red wines go very well with roasts and other meaty delights while lighter white wines like sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc go beautifully with fish and sea food dishes.
You can serve some crispy sparkling wine with your starters and some delectable sweet wines like the ice wines or moscatos that go very well with your sweet treats.
So go ahead and cook up a storm. Have the merry tipple accompany your merry recipes and make the Christmas a merry gastronomical journey! For a wine lover, there is no such thing as ‘too much wine’ and so you can never go wrong with your wine-laced Christmas dinner menu. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and pop that bottle and add more cheer to your Christmas dinner table. Ho ho ho!