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Dry Madeira

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What is it?

Madeira is a Portuguese white wine fortified with brandy. Madeira is unique in that it’s heated during the wine-making process, which makes it especially good for cooking since exposure to heat doesn’t affect its rich, nuanced toffee-like flavor. It also means that an open bottle can be kept for a long time without changes to its taste, which varies from off-dry (Sercial) to sweet (Malmsey). It’s great in sauces like gravy or for rich game or beef.

How to prep:

Next time you sear a steak, or even a turkey cutlet, try deglazing the pan with a little Madeira instead of wine.

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