A question about a recipe: Chicken with Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce

I have a question about the ingredient "Cognac" on the recipe "Chicken with Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce" from Maria Teresa Jorge. What's a good substitute for Cognac in this recipe? I'm not a drinker, so I rarely have liquor available.

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Monita
Monita November 2, 2012

You could use brandy

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour November 2, 2012

I'd either scrap it or add a bit extra chicken broth or a couple of tablespoons apple juice if you're averse to buying some brandy for cooking.

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ChefOno
ChefOno November 2, 2012

Cognac is to brandy as Champagne is to sparkling wine. In some recipes, wine and spirits serve the purpose of dissolving or carrying alcohol-soluble flavors. Not here, however, so you're free to leave either out if you'd prefer (you can simply deglaze with stock). That said, not only would that change the dish considerably, a bottle of inexpensive brandy is a very versatile thing to have at hand, especially for times when the alcohol is synergistic (e.g. tomato sauces).

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Greenstuff
Greenstuff November 2, 2012

I agree that a bottle of brandy is a good thing to have in a kitchen. And I think it's a super addition to this recipe. But I also think it will be quite delicious if you just leave it out.

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Reiney
Reiney November 2, 2012

If you have the time, space and inclination, you can always buy a 125ml - 375ml bottle of brandy/cognac at a liquor store - as it is nice to have on hand as others have said. Alternatively, I second HLA's suggestion of apple juice or chicken stock - the main idea is getting the browned bits for the extra flavour.

Other suggestions: white wine, white vermouth or verjus (non-alcoholic pressings from white wine grapes).

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erin.horan.921
erin.horan.921 November 3, 2012

So thanks to everyone's helpful advice, I went and bought a bottle of brandy today. I'm really excited to try this recipe for dinner tomorrow night.

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pierino
pierino November 4, 2012

Another alternative to inexpensive brandy is to buy one of those airline size mini-bottles. I know you can buy Hennessey in that size it will probably cost you about $3.00. They're sold behind the counter at liquor stores. Bev Mo also carries them.

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