Broiled Cod with Béchamel Sauce made with cod fish filets, Pinot Grigio white wine, parmesan cheese, milk, flour, butter, nutmeg, and salt & pepper.
With this recipe, I used cod fish filets instead of the halibut fish that the recipe calls for. I figured, a white fish is a white fish.
I’m also still new to cooking with wine. So I had never put an ENTIRE bottle of wine into a pan before to cook with. Even though it was mixed with 2 cups of water, I was concerned I would have fish that tasted totally like alcohol with me in a drunken stupor in the end.
NOT the case. I was totally surprised I didn’t taste any alcohol at all. I would never have guessed this was cooked in wine at all. I love when I learn something new all the time.
Scallion & Mozzarella Cornbread made with cornbread mix, scallions, smoked mozzarella cheese, plain mozzarella cheese, corn, sun-dried tomatoes, pimiento-stuffed green olives, buttermilk, butter, and eggs.
Well, with this cornbread, you might as well say I left out the olives. The recipe calls for 10 chopped green olives, but I could only bring myself to chop up 2. So what was the point? I hate olives. But I did give it a go the best I could.
I think this would have had a little more kick to it if only I had added some crispy turkey bacon in the mix. Just the thought!
So, if you have nothing else to do today, try boiling your favorite fish in a bottle of wine to see if you notice any subtle differences.
Take-Away Life Lesson: Cooking with wine doesn’t necessarily mean the food will taste just like wine does straight from a bottle. No need to think you’ll have a hangover the next day.