Published on December 23, 2016

We sometimes forget that red wine—the same drink we love to sip—is also a useful ingredient in the kitchen. You can add it to stews, sauces, and desserts for a sophisticated touch and major flavor. These 11 recipes will surely intensify your love for red wine.

Beef Wellington

What makes this meal wonderful is the buttery mushroom filling. If you can taste a hint of red wine, it’s the sign of a well-executed Wellington.

Steak and Eggs Benedict With Red Wine Hollandaise

It’s never too early for wine, especially when it’s infused into your brunch. Take your usual eggs benedict recipe to a whole new level with a red wine hollandaise sauce.

Chicken Cacciatore

The Italians know their red wine. They also know how to cook with it. Case in point: this zesty tomato chicken dish, perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Pavlova With Red Wine Cherry Compote

The best part of red wine is its versatility: It works in savory dishes as well as sweet desserts. Here, the cherry and wine drizzle on top of this Pavlova makes it pop with color and gives it a decadent, rich flavor.

Rustic One-Pot Lamb Stew

Add wine to a stew, and you instantly up the ante in flavor. Vegetables and meat absorb the wine’s richness and aroma to make an average stew extraordinary.

Fig Bars With Red Wine and Anise Seeds

This twist on a childhood favorite certainly doesn’t hold back in flavor. The grownup combination of wine, figs, and licorice will make these homemade bars your new go-to snack.

Red Wine Burgers With Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Some people drink wine with their burgers. Other people put wine in their burgers. If you’re a fancy burger lover looking to class up your usual routine, this one’s for you.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Combine two favorites—red wine and hot chocolate—for the perfect, boozy cold-weather drink.

Red Wine Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Here’s a game-changer: You can add red wine to boiling water when cooking pasta to get THIS. The subtle flavor really adds come excitement to otherwise bland noodles.

Red Wine Marshmallows With Red Wine Chocolate Ganache

If chocolate and wine is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Not only is the chocolate infused with red wine, but so are the marshmallows. Add one of these to your hot cocoa, and average marshmallows just won’t compare.

Crock Pot Boeuf Bourguignon

The ever popular red wine-infused dish, boeuf bourguignon, is a classic. When the French put red wine in a recipe, you know it will be good.

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