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Suggestions to use up Brandy?

soypower Dec 24, 2007 11:26 PM

Had a few friends over for drinks so i hit the liquor store and picked up too many bottles of everything...i'll eventually drink the vodkas and gin that i bought, but i'm not a huge lover of brandy...any suggestions for recipes with brandy? i was thinking along the lines of brandy cake, brandy cookies...but honestly, i'm not a big sweets eater, so any savory ideas would be much appreciated as well. Thanks!

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    Louise Mar 25, 2009 11:36 AM

    On the mushrooms theme, when I'm using them in risotto I deglaze with a little brandy after sauteeing and before adding rice.

    1. alkapal Mar 24, 2009 05:50 PM

      it's been over a year. are ya done with the brandy?

      1. scubadoo97 Mar 21, 2009 02:23 PM

        Unlike wine brandy will keep very well after opening so don't feel like you have to use it up quickly

        1. sarah galvin Mar 23, 2008 08:59 AM

          Soon you will be buying more brandy, soypower!

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            don515 Dec 27, 2007 02:36 AM

            I think peach is key canned will do in a pinch
            -1 sliced somewhat firm peach/nectarine
            -granny smith apple sliced
            -1 orange sliced (save thee ends)
            put above in your pitcher add
            -1 cup brandy
            -1/4 cup triple sec
            -2 tbs sugar (optional)
            mix and let stand for 30 min or so if you can
            add bottle wine red or white
            squezze orange ends into the mix and add an heathly splash of oz


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            1. re: don515
              LindaWhit Dec 27, 2007 04:56 AM

              Whereas I only use the oranges - to me, a peach or apple would get too soft soaking in the liquid. Here's the recipe I use, adapted from a local Spanish restaurant I frequent.

              * Exported from MasterCook *

              Dali's Sangria

              Recipe By :adapted by Linda
              Serving Size : 10 Preparation Time :0:00
              Categories : Drinks

              Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
              -------- ------------ --------------------------------
              2 bottles Spanish rioja wine
              1/4 cup sugar
              1/4 cup brandy
              1 oz Triple Sec
              2 cups orange juice
              2 oranges -- cut into eighths
              and each eighth cut in half
              1 liter club soda -- or less

              Make this in a big container and mix well to dissolve the sugar. (Wait until about an hour before serving to add the club soda.) You can refrigerate it probably up to a week, pouring over ice to serve. Dali usually tops the small and large pitchers off with another sploosh of red wine.
              From an interview with the owner of Dali Restaurant:

              The fruit and brandy are combined with sugar and orange juice and allowed to sit for at the least 24 hours for the flavors to mellow. ''It's important to let it stand,'' Iriarte says.

              His sangria has a fuller, sweeter flavor than red wine sangrias made without the orange brandy. And lacking citrus fruits, the drink is less tart than other variations. The intense sweetness is lightened with a splash of sparkling water, which should be added after the sangria has been poured over ice, immediately before serving. ''To bring alive the dormant juices,'' according to Iriarte.

              A few lessons learned during testing: when making the red wine sangria, use a bottle of red wine (as Dali's Iriarte does) but if the mixture seems excessively sweet, add another half bottle or so, and let it rest another 24 hours.

              1. re: LindaWhit
                pikawicca Dec 27, 2007 09:53 AM

                Buy a big glass jar of rock candy. Cram in as many sliced oranges and lemons as possible. Fill with brandy and stick it under the bed or in the back of a closet for a few months. You will end up with a lovely, syrupy cough medicine that works better than anything from the drugstore. Tastes a lot better, too!

                1. re: pikawicca
                  LindaWhit Dec 27, 2007 11:34 AM

                  I wanna be sick at your house, pikawicca. <vbg>

                  1. re: pikawicca
                    Ruth Lafler Dec 27, 2007 11:43 AM

                    Obviously we're on the same wavelength, pikawicca (see my post, above)! Your version of the brandy cough medicine sounds good, too.

              2. NYCkaren Dec 26, 2007 08:11 AM

                All the suggestions sound good. I'm particularly a fan of sangria. And the other thing is, you have plenty of time to use it up. It's not going to go bad any time soon.

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                1. re: NYCkaren
                  Ruth Lafler Dec 26, 2007 09:56 AM

                  Exactly what I was thinking -- your brandy will keep for approximately forever, so don't worry about using it up. It is one of the ingredients often added to cream sauces, so you could probably use it to punch up a lot of recipes.

                  Since it's winter, I'll tell you that most of my brandy get consumed *cough* medicinally *cough* -- one part brandy, one part hot water, lemon juice and honey to taste makes an excellent cough remedy. Even my doctor approved it, pointing out that alcohol is a natural cough suppressant (most cough syrup has about the same percentage alcohol as brandy!), and that various components of that mixuture soothe the throat and/or help break up mucuous. And it's a lot better for you than commercial cough syrups (not to mention less expensive, especially if you already have brandy you're trying to use up). When I have a bad cold I keep a small glass of brandy by the bed, because a couple of sips will stop those midnight coughing fits dead in their tracks, not to mention help me sleep!

                2. mschow Dec 26, 2007 08:08 AM

                  Wild mushroom bisque with brandy.

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                  1. re: mschow
                    Kelli2006 Dec 27, 2007 03:49 PM

                    I degalze the pan with brandy when I make onion soup.

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                      coll Dec 28, 2007 12:24 AM

                      It's great to splash in clam chowder when serving, especially Manhattan.

                  2. LindaWhit Dec 26, 2007 04:44 AM

                    Red sangria will use it up a bit at a time. Or it can be used as a marinade ingredient for chicken - mix up the following and let chicken marinate for 4 hours or so, then grill.

                    1/4 cup brandy
                    1/4 cup soy sauce
                    2 Tbsp. molasses
                    1 tsp Dijon mustard
                    1 Tbsp. fresh ginger root -- grated
                    1/4 cup dry white wine

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                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      fern Dec 26, 2007 05:25 AM

                      oh boy, this sounds good. i'm hoping to cook on the grill before the kids go back to college and this looks like a great recipe for us to try.

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                      fern Dec 26, 2007 04:28 AM

                      brandy, cream,and tomato sauce for pasta and/or seafood.

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                        don515 Dec 25, 2007 06:36 AM

                        of course add brandy to the beans.....

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                          don515 Dec 25, 2007 06:35 AM

                          Drink a bottle of grolsch beer with the snap cap. Clean it out put in 6-8 split vanilla beans and put it in a dark place for 6 weeks shaking occasionally. Strain into another bottle. Now you have real extract.

                          Or you could just use the brandy in Sangria :)


                          1. geminigirl Dec 25, 2007 06:03 AM

                            not sure where you live but if there are really nice cherries or berries you could let them soak for a few months in the brandy?

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                            1. re: geminigirl
                              soypower Dec 25, 2007 10:33 PM

                              great idea..i live in seattle though so fruit is a little scary this time of year...but i think i've seen some nice cherries at whole foods...

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                                coll Dec 26, 2007 03:58 AM

                                I just put figs in brandy, figured the liquid would be good for cooking later too.

                                1. re: soypower
                                  Elaine08 Mar 23, 2008 03:52 AM

                                  I have a fig tree and am desperate to preserve what the parrots have left me. I really want a recipe for brandied figs, but am no cook so need fairly explicit instructions. Time is of the essence as the figs are ripe now and won't keep. Can you help?

                                  1. re: Elaine08
                                    geminigirl Mar 23, 2008 05:48 AM

                                    sorry, all I can suggest is sending me directions to your house so I can come and gorge myself on fresh figs, can you tell I am jealous....try checking out the spirits board or posting this over there, you might have better luck. I would think a gentle rinse and into the bottle with brandy poured over them would work. You could always just try a small bottle this year and see how you like them...

                                    1. re: Elaine08
                                      pamplemousse Mar 23, 2008 06:54 PM

                                      Is it possible to brandy dried figs, or only fresh? I, too, have a surfeit of brandy that I've got to get rid of before moving. I love brandied figs, but all the recipes I've managed to find use fresh fruit. Any ideas?

                                      1. re: pamplemousse
                                        Elaine08 Mar 23, 2008 10:55 PM

                                        Want to send me a recipe for brandied FRESH figs? I've been searching but no luck so far. Is brandy enough or should one include sugar?

                                      2. re: Elaine08
                                        MobyRichard Mar 23, 2008 11:17 PM


                                        1. re: Elaine08
                                          Johnnyquest Mar 21, 2009 01:58 PM

                                          Hi Elaine, I would just use Google. This is what I found, sounds easy enough but time consuming! There were more....

                                          Make heavy syrup - 1 pound sugar, 1 pint water

                                          1. Leave small stalk on figs and wipe fruit.

                                          2. Place in syrup and boil for 1 hour on FIRST day.

                                          3. Leave overnight, covered with a plate to submerge fruit.

                                          4. SECOND and THIRD days, boil for one half to three quarters of an hour. Submerge with plate again after SECOND day's cooking.

                                          5. After THIRD day's cooking place fruit into sterilized jars three quarters filled with syrup. Top up with brandy, cover tightly and turn upside down once to mix syrup and brandy. (This can be tricky if the lid doesn't fit well. Just ask me!)

                                          6. Stand for 2-3 weeks before eating. Delicious served over ice cream. Keeps for ages unopened. Gets eaten quickly once opened.

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                                      abe stein Dec 24, 2007 11:57 PM

                                      a nice thick steak pan seared in olive oil is what I would do. when steak is done deglaze the pan with a big dose of the brandy and throw in a handful of your favorite
                                      mushrooms and let them meld together. once they're done the steak will be rested well enough to be smothered in your hearty brandy-mushroom gravy. happy holidays
                                      and don't forget the cayenne and black pepper.

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                                      1. re: abe stein
                                        soypower Dec 25, 2007 05:12 AM

                                        wow. sounds amazing! i don't usually like any kind of sauce on my steak, but you just mentioned of my favorite things -- mushrooms...now i know what to do w/ the ribeyes i have in the fridge! thanks~

                                        1. re: abe stein
                                          BobB Dec 27, 2007 08:54 AM

                                          Add a little heavy cream to that and it's perfection!

                                          1. re: abe stein
                                            MikeG Dec 27, 2007 03:43 PM

                                            Even if you don't feel like dealing with mushrooms (or onions are good too), just deglazing with brandy and letting it reduce is very nice too. If you happen to have over-bought Irish whiskey, that's really good too (but not Scotch, reduced "peat" is pretty gross.)

                                            1. re: MikeG
                                              alkapal Mar 24, 2008 07:27 AM

                                              i am ALL OVER this 'shrooms subthread!!!!! must use at least some of that brandy with beef and the mushroom sauce. comfort food, de luxe!

                                              http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_29207,00.html (filet with brandy mushroom sauce


                                              http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art49223.asp (steak diane


                                              http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Brandy-Flamed-Peppercorn-Steak/Detail.aspx brandy flamed peppercorn steak

                                              http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1627,149166-228201,00.html mignonettes of veal with creamy peppercorn sauce --- use brandy instead of madeira.

                                              to finish: bread pudding with brandy sauce. http://www.virtualcities.com/ons/tx/s...

                                              now, get cookin'!

                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                Plano Rose Mar 25, 2009 07:32 AM

                                                The brandy mushroom sauce from your first link makes wonderful hamburgers. Charcoal burgers. Toast buns. Smear mayonnaise on bun. Add meat. Top with warm sauce. Delicious.

                                                1. re: Plano Rose
                                                  alkapal Mar 25, 2009 07:49 AM

                                                  piano rose, how bizarre that my latest post was exactly one year after my initial post. (i'd even forgotten i was in on the thread ;-). this reminds me that i need to make some sauce for a couple of filets mignon i have to cook.

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