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

asked by hodgepodge260 about 6 years ago
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pierino

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added about 6 years ago

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

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added about 6 years ago

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

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added about 6 years ago

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

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added about 6 years ago

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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added about 6 years ago

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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added about 6 years ago

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

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added about 6 years ago

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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added about 6 years ago

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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added about 6 years ago

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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added about 6 years ago

I'd go sub with dry vermouth or wine.

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AEC
added about 6 years ago

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.