I'm making seared ahi, and my recipe (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...) calls for sherry. I don't have any, and I'm wondering if there is anything that substitutes well, so I don't have to buy a full bottle. If not, is there a cheap sherry you would recommend?
Most sherry is pretty cheap, and will keep reasonably well in the fridge after opening. I tend to use Savory & James fino or manzanilla at about $8 or $9 a bottle for most of my cooking.
I presume you are in USA. Don't know whether this idea would work there.
In UK if I want a small amount of stuff I wouldn't normally drink I take a small plastic bottle (or Tupperware jar) to a pub, ask for a glass of beer and the right amount of stuff (whatever it is).
Drink my beer, pour the 'stuff' into the container, tip my hat and say "Thank you, goodnight".
No left-over problem.
re: Bob Moffatt
Bob, what a brilliant solution!
Most of the US has laws against "open containers" which prohibits carrying out from a bar, however that's not to say you could perhaps put it in your flask and tuck it in your coat pocket (hehe)...
I found when going to the local liquor store that they had tiny little bottles (airplane size and some larger) of many cordials and spirits which are often just the right amt. for a recipe