While the idea of leftover wine sounds totally theoretical (why wouldn't you just finish it?!) there are plenty of delicious incentives to leave just a little bit in the bottle. And not just so you can use it to make all kinds of sauces and stews or deglaze your pans—leftover wine can do so much more, from amping up your hot cocoa to helping you turn out easy desserts and even unforgettable poached eggs. Here, 6 ideas to keep in your back pocket:
1. Red wine chocolate truffles
You can make these easy truffles from Taylor Made It Paleo by just mixing dark chocolate, butter and cocoa powder with a half cup of red wine. You already know chocolate tastes better with a glass of wine, and here's proof that the two belong together.
2. Poached eggs in red wine
Replace the water with red wine when you're poaching eggs, and take the dish to the next level. This video by Katie Quinn for Tastemade has you bring red wine to a near boil in a pot, and then add the egg and poach for about three minutes. Make sure you use a red wine you really love for this dish, since the eggs will take on the flavor. When you're done, you can use the same wine with flour, butter, herbs, garlic, onions, shallots and lardons to make a sauce to go over the eggs. Best morning-after-Thanksgiving brunch ever?
3. Red wine brownies
Chocolate and wine, united again. This recipe by A Cookie Named Desire adds ¾ cup of a full-bodied red wine, along with cranberries and walnuts, to the fudgy brownie mix. The ingredients spell fall, but you'll want these all year.
4. Wine ice cubes
Preserving wine in ice-cube form is a no-brainer: Just pour the leftover liquid into an ice tray and freeze, and use the cubes in any recipe that calls for wine.
5. Wine jelly
Wine jelly is a classy addition to your seasonal cheese plate, and America’s Test Kitchen shows how surprisingly simple it is to make: Reduce the wine in a pan (it takes about 20 minutes) to intensify the flavor, sweeten with sugar, and then add in pectin, lemon juice and a touch of butter to thicken the mixture. Once it cools to room temperature, just move it to the fridge to set.
To make this wine granita from Honestly Yum, all you need is half a bottle of red wine mixed with sugar water. Freeze the mixture, and after an hour you'll start to see ice crystals. Scrape them as they form, and boom: wine granita. Holiday dessert? Done.
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