There’s no need to let leftover red wine go to waste, writes Laura Fudim.
1. Delicious and decadent
Create a delicious dinnerparty dessert by combining 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup red wine and 500g frozen pitted cherries and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes. Use as a topping over low-fat vanilla icecream or on chocolate pudding.
2. Supreme spaghetti
Make an extra special bolognese tonight. Add 1/2 cup red wine (or more, depending on your tastes) to a basic bolognese recipe. Simmer for one hour over low heat – the wine will evaporate, leaving behind a beautiful, rich flavour.
3. Magnificent mushrooms
In a large frying pan, sauté 500g button mushrooms for 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer to a roasting pan and drizzle with 1/2 cup wine. Top with a mixture of 1 tablespoon melted reduced-fat table spread, 2 crushed garlic cloves and 3 sprigs fresh thyme. Bake for about 10 minutes, at 180°C. Serve over steak or pasta.
4. Spectacular Sunday
This marinade will accentuate any roast. Mix 3/4 cup red wine with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 crushed garlic cloves and 2 tablespoons rosemary. Refrigerate for 3 days for maximum flavour. Marinate meat for a few hours before cooking.
5. Poached pears
For the perfect winter treat, bring 1/3 cup sugar, 2 cups red wine, 2 whole star anise, 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 split vanilla beans to the boil in a saucepan. Add 4 ripe, peeled pears, reduce heat to low and simmer for an hour. Cool slightly before serving.
6. Red wine reduction
A red wine reduction sauce is heart-healthy and tasty with steak or lamb shanks. Simply simmer 1 cup red wine with 2 cloves crushed garlic over low heat, stirring. When volume has reduced by half, add 1 cup reduced-salt beef stock and simmer until reduced by half again. Remove the garlic before serving.
7. Caramelised onions
Fry 4–6 sliced red onions over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup red wine to onions, and stir until most of the wine has evaporated. Serve with baked chicken or sausages and mashed potato.
8. Wintery apple warmer
Add more depth to an apple crumble with red wine and spices. When cooking apples, add 1/2 cup of a heavy red wine (like shiraz), along with a cinnamon stick, a few cloves and a pinch of nutmeg or allspice, to the saucepan. Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes. Be sure to remove the cloves and cinnamon stick before baking.
9. Red wine dressing
Make a simple salad dressing by combining 1/2 cup red wine with 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon each chopped garlic and oregano and a sprig of rosemary in a jug. Stand for about an hour before using, to allow the flavours to mix.
10. Tasty tip
Only have a little bit of leftover wine but don’t want to let it go to waste? Pour what’s left into ice cube trays and freeze. Defrost exactly what you need for your next red wine recipe.
Did you know? Up to 75% of the alcohol in red wine evaporates during cooking.