If dry sherry seems like an old fashioned or unnecessary addition to your pantry, it’s time to give this fortified wine another try.
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Sherry has a sweet, nutty depth that intensifies whatever it touches, from a pan sauce to fruit compote. Sherry is also relatively inexpensive compared to other fortified wines at around $8 for a 750-milliliter bottle (and one will last a very long time). You can even sip it as a dessert wine—just be sure to purchase dry sherry rather than cooking sherry.

5 Fantastic Ways to Use Dry Sherry

  1. Make a Vegan Gravy. Dry sherry and soy sauce add the depth you would otherwise get from meat drippings or stock. Spoon over seared tofu or roasted Portobello mushroom or cauliflower “steaks.”
  2. Add a splash to the pan as you sauté Sherried Green Beans and Mushrooms, and let it evaporate; the alcohol will disappear, but your beans will be ten times more delicious.
  3. Up your onion game with Caramelized Sherry Onions. Both the sherry and caramelized onions are sweet with caramel notes; sherry rounds out the mixture with a touch of savory depth.
  4. Dry sherry cuts through creamy sauces and earthy mushrooms, a magical addition to Green Beans with Sherried Mushroom Sauce. The sauce will make any green bean casserole outstanding, but you can also spoon over baked chicken or even filet mignon.
  5. Strong, sweet sherry is a natural fit for desserts. It also stands up well to a long, slow simmer, infusing ripe pears as they cook down to a silky smooth Sherry-Pear Butter. Spread over toast, dollop over quick breads, or gift to friends and family.