Making a mushroom barley soup and no dry sherry in the house... any good substitution ideas?

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pierino
pierino October 21, 2010

In the house? Well marsala would work, but then you would have to shop for that too.

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Sadassa_Ulna
Sadassa_Ulna October 21, 2010

My husband always uses a little balsamic vinegar when there is no sherry for his soup...

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rwheat
rwheat October 21, 2010

How about port? Brandy or dry red would probably work too.

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nutcakes
nutcakes October 21, 2010

I just omit it in that case. Sherry really adds a subtle interesting flavor. Trader Joe's has decent dry sherry at low price. But the vinegar sounds like a good little perk up.

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Jon Palmer
Jon Palmer October 21, 2010

If the problem is that there's no sherry in the house, I'm assuming you don't want to leave the house to get the substitute, because you could just get sherry then!

What kinds of booze do you have laying around?

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Jon Palmer
Jon Palmer October 21, 2010

Just think about the characteristics of a dry sherry and match it with whatever is closest in your home.

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Savour
Savour October 21, 2010

Hmm, vermouth, marsala, white wine, red wine, brandy, or balsamic vinegar. All of which I have in my house, but I don't know about yours!

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iuzzini
iuzzini October 21, 2010

Recently made mushroom barley soup and used white wine as a stand -in. I also tossed in a parmesan rind (as I do with most soups :) - ln the end the soup had all kinds of flavor and depth!

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Mr_Vittles
Mr_Vittles October 21, 2010

Any fortified wine should suffice. It won;t be exactly the same, but unless you are a supertaster there should not be any problems.

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mrslarkin
mrslarkin October 21, 2010

I'd go sub with dry vermouth or wine.

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AEC
AEC October 21, 2010

Port would be great. If you don't have any, get some to keep in the cabinet for cooking and apres dinner sipping. So much tastier than sherry, in my book.

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