A question about a recipe: Crispy Delicata Rings with Currant, Fennel & Apple Relish

What would you think of substituting plain brandy for the Calvados? Or would it be better to just omit it? I'm planning on making this for Christmas. Thanks!

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Greenstuff December 20, 2011
And thanks pamelalee, for asking the question and reminding me of this great recipe. We have some delicatas from a friend's garden, and I've just added this to the holiday line up.
 
ChefJune December 20, 2011
Or, if you needed to make it alcohol-free, you could sub apple cider vinegar.
 
TheWimpyVegetarian December 20, 2011
Hi! We just got home from Atlanta last night and am now catching on email - sorry for the delay! Thanks SKK and Greenstuff for stepping in. Yes, brandy will work great. If you have a little apple cider hanging around, I'd add a swig of it to bring up the apple flavor, or apple juice as SKK wisely suggests!! I hope you enjoy it. Happy Holidays everyone.
 
Greenstuff December 20, 2011
I'd also go with the brandy.
 
SKK December 19, 2011
Here is a great article on Calvados http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/dining/calvados-a-taste-of-apples-and-fall-the-pour.html Has a wonderful history and tastes of apple.

I have substituted brand in this recipe because I was too busy to run to the liquor store. I did add a little pure apple juice.

I wouldn't recommend leaving out the 1 tbsp. of alcohol - it will add depth.

ChezSuzanne will be checking in on this, I am sure, and give her brilliant, definitive recommendations.

I do love this recipe!
 
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