Most serious cooks use Sherry as a versatile ingredient in all sorts of dishes. A wide range of recipes call for a splash of Sherry here or there. Sherry, the common name for the fortified wines of Spain’s Jerez region, comes in a variety of styles from very dry to very sweet. It’s important to note that most recipes, when calling for Sherry, are referring to dry Sherry. Most, but not all. Sweeter styles, such as Bristol Cream Sherry and Pedro Ximénez, also have their place in cooking.
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Cooking with Bristol Cream Sherry: 6 recipes
Most recipes that call for dry Sherry are for savoury dishes. Using a sweet wine like Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry in such instances is usually not advisable, as the sugar levels would most likely detract from the food itself. More traditionally, Bristol Cream Sherry is used in making desserts. We have scoured the foodie web in order to come up with the best recipes, including mains and desserts, that make use of delicious sweet Sherry.
1. Rosemary mushroom soup
From Cooking on the Weekends, this rosemary mushroom soup recipe is a vegetarian-friendly winter warmer. Here, Bristol Cream Sherry is used to great effect to impart a deliciously sweet flavour into the golden brown mushrooms. The addition of a small amount of sweetness to an otherwise savoury dish makes this soup a real standout.
2. Spanish tapas peppers
Another vegetarian dish, this recipe for Spanish tapas peppers comes from food author Ina Garten and is available in full at The Kitchn. It’s an alternate take on stuffed peppers, utilising Bristol Cream Sherry to make a sweetened dish most appropriate as an appetiser or party food than as part of a main course.
3. Quick pork chops with sherried mushrooms
Cooksister has this recipe for pork chops and sherried mushrooms, which again illustrates the potential of using sweet Cream Sherry to really bring earthy mushrooms to life. The succulent, luscious mushrooms are perfect with pork chops, though could also be certainly served alongside a tasty steak too.
4. 4th of July Teriyaki chicken
A gluten-free barbeque delight, this Teriyaki chicken recipe is from The Whole Kitchen. Here, sweet Bristol Cream Sherry is combined with ginger, tamari, honey, garlic, sriracha and green onion to produce a marinade that strikes a truly harmonious balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy.
5. Bristol cream sherry pasta sauce
Again from Cooksister (who call this “the best pasta sauce in the world, ever”, no less!), this sauce combines bacon, liver and sweet Sherry to great effect. The savoury meatiness of the chicken liver and bacon pieces is offset by the smooth, sweet creaminess of the Sherry. Whip up a batch of this and you’ll never want to have plain pasta again.
6. Bristol Cream Sherry trifle
No article on cooking with sweet Sherry would be complete without the old English classic that is Sherry trifle! This recipe from top chef Antony Worrall Thompson at BBC Food is quick, easy and authentic, and doesn’t even involve any actual cooking or baking! Pour yourself a tasty glass of the sweet stuff to celebrate that time saved and tuck in!
Time to grab a bottle of Sherry and get cracking. Do you have any recipes using Bristol Cream Sherry or any other sweet wines? We’d like to hear about them, and the more unusual the better! Happy cooking!