Friday, December 15, 2017

Juniper Shallots in Red Wine

Here's a Christmas side dish with sexy flavors that takes just a half hour to make. It's vegetarian to boot.

Shallots are pan fried in oil and butter then simmered in sweet red wine with crushed juniper berries. That's it. Season with salt and pepper and bring it to the table.

I like this dish not only because it has beautiful festive sweet and spicy flavors, but because it's not too filling. A perfect companion to potatoes and other carb rich side dishes for a holiday meal.

You can also make this dish up to three days ahead of time. Heat and serve. 

Juniper Shallots in Red Wine
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 lb. shallots
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sweet red wine
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon juniper berries, crushed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Peel the shallots and cut into quarters
  • Add the sugar to a skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring until the sugar caramelizes.
  • Add the butter and melt it into the sugar.
  • Add the shallot quarters and cook, stirring until soft.
  • Deglaze the pan with the wine and the broth.
  • Add the juniper berries to the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately.

Looking for more vegetarian side dishes for the holidays? 
Try these:
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Pumpkin with Chestnuts and Shallots

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