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Jul 24, 2013 01:15 PM

Substitution ideas for white wine in a dish

I want to make this dish for a friend.

The friend is pregnant and has been advised by her doctor to avoid all alcohol for the first trimester - even in long cooked dishes. I could cook something else but she loves olives and lamb and is very excited at the thought of this dish.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I could use as a substitute for the 300ml of white wine in the recipe?

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  1. Maybe some of the brine from the nicoise olives and juice from the tomatoes. Both are flavorful liquids.

    1. white grape juice, or chicken broth

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      1. re: greygarious

        I vote for the chicken broth as well but would also add some grated lemon rind to the dish which is quite common in this regional cuisine.

      2. I think a light broth or stock would work. Simmer a stalk of celery, a carrot, and half an onion in some water for 30 minutes. You could also add any Provencal-y herbs you have handy (savory, fennel, basil, thyme)

        Probably water would even be fine. The white wine in this recipe is combined with onions, garlic, olives, and anchovies - I don't think that the taste of the wine is going to really shine through anyways.

        1. For that small amount chicken broth is a good substitute; i often use chicken broth in beef or pork braises (and no wine) to good effect.

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          1. re: janniecooks

            Might also want to add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice because white wine adds some acidity.

          2. A good non-alcoholic white wine? If there is such a thing?

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            1. re: miss_belle

              I have never tried it but i have heard good things about Fre wine

              1. re: suzigirl

                The white Fre is okay...the red, no, but I would go with miss_belle's suggestion because it's a pretty good amount of wine...what is that, a cup and a half, a little under? So to get the whiff of wine flavor, I'd use it.

                1. re: pinehurst

                  That's what I was thinking too. 1 1/4 c of white wine amounts to a goodly bunch of flavor.

                  Also, her friend can always have a glass of n/a wine with dinner while everyone else is drinking the good stuff. That way the rest of the bottle won't go to waste:-)

                  Thank you to you too suzigirl.

                  1. re: miss_belle

                    except the flavor of most n/a wines is pretty terrible, so why add something that doesn't taste good to a lovely dish?

                    just use a light broth or stock and add some lemon juice as others have already mentioned.

                    it's nice of you to cook for a pregnant lady!

                    1. re: miss_belle

                      I am a drinker of wine, not a cooker of it so I am not one to know if Fre tastes good when cooked, or any n/a wine for that matter but i think the winey smell and taste would be important to the finished flavors.
                      And feeling like you are participating with a n/a glass of wine sounds like a win and a way to use up the wine

                      1. re: suzigirl

                        Ok, I've found a stockist of Fre so I will pick some up and taste it. If it tastes horrendous I'll choose one of the other suggestions.

                        Thanks to all who have helped with advice.

                        1. re: Frizzle

                          Good. Sounds like the way to start. Maybe you can ask at the liquor store if they like one n/a over another. While I think the other posters are right on with adding acid to broth, it just won't taste like wine. It will be a fine substitute if the n/a wine is a bust. Happy hunting Frizzle

                  2. re: suzigirl

                    I quite like a brand called Vino Zero.

                  3. re: miss_belle

                    A replacement or a substitute is more like it. I have tried a number of them and most are mediocre.