If dry sherry seems like an old fashioned or unnecessary addition to your pantry, it’s time to give this fortified wine another try.
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
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.