Three tasty home-cooked meals incorporating your favourite wine
Don’t pour the leftover wine from last night’s dinner party down the kitchen sink. Save that precious (and expensive) bottle of ruby red or zesty white to add flavour to these delicious family dinners. Why not spoil your loved ones and try one of these recipes this weekend?
White mussels steamed in white wine
Mussels steamed in wine is a tasty and filling dish, especially for those watching their weight.
- 1/4 cup flour
- 4 cups water
- 1kg mussels, cleaned and de-bearded
- 1 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
- 1/4 cup finely chopped leeks
- 4 parsley sprigs, as well as a bit of roughly chopped parsley for garnishing
- 1/2 a bay leaf
- A pinch of dried thyme
- A pinch of black pepper
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 baguette, cut in slices, drizzled with olive oil
- Mix the flour and four cups of water together in a bowl.
- Add the cleaned mussels to the flour mixture and soak them in it for at least half an hour before moving on to step 3.
- Pour the wine into a large pot, then add the chopped leeks, parsley sprigs, bay leaf, thyme, pepper and butter, and allow to simmer for a while.
- In the meantime, drain the mussels from the flour and water mixture and rinse them in cold running water.
- Add the rinsed mussels to the large pot. Remember to shake the mussels around from time to time to ensure they cook evenly.
- Simmer the mussels for about five minutes or until they have opened.
- Serve the mussels in a soup bowl and spoon some of the wine broth on top.
- Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with baguette slices.
Chicken Cacciatore is a favourite go-to dish for us because it’s quick to prepare and cook on a weekday night.
- 10 chicken drumsticks
- 3 red peppers, sliced
- 8 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tin of pureed tomatoes (not tomato paste)
- Some olive oil
- 1/2 cup Pinot Grigio
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of pepper
- Cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
- Fry the chicken drumsticks in a pan until they’re cooked. Make sure to turn them often to ensure even cooking.
- Add the tin of tomatoes, wine, herbs, spices and garlic to a large slow cooker.
- Add the cooked drumsticks, plum tomatoes and peppers last.
- Slow cook for about six to eight hours.
- Serve with bread.
Green beans and beef stew
Who doesn’t love a big hearty meal with added wine?
- 500g green beans, cleaned and chopped
- 1 kg stewing beef cut into cubes
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1 stalk chopped celery with leaves
- 1 tin mealies (corn)
- 1 tin peas
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1 sachet tomato paste
- 1 cup Pinot Noir
- 3 marrows, sliced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- ½ a punnet of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- A bit of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sauté meat in a bit of olive oil in a saucepan for a few minutes, making sure to move the meat around to prevent burning.
- Add the garlic and peppers and sauté for another minute or so.
- Next, add the vegetables, wine, tomatoes and tomato paste, salt, pepper and spices.
- Simmer over low heat for approximately two hours or until the meat is tender.
- Serve with Italian crusty bread.
Now for dessert! Take a look here for some scrumptious dessert ideas with a red wine twist.