which wine for a recipe

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  1. my_psychosis

    my_psychosis

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    I found this recipe for Greek Hamburgers, it calls for wine but does not specify what kind. What should I use? Or can I substitute something else? Here is the recipe.

    Ingredients
    • 2 pounds ground beef
    • 1/2 cup diced onions
    • 2 slices bread, crumbled
    • 2 small tomatoes, chopped or 1 cup tomatoes, canned
    • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
    • 1 teaspoon oregano
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup wine
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    Instructions
    1. Mix all ingredients well in large bowl.  Use hands to thoroughly combine.
       
    2. Shape into 8 patties.
       
    3. Roll patties in flour and fry.
    Thank you
     
  2. boar_d_laze

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    Any ordinary, drinkable, fairly dry, not too-expensive, red.  Syrah, Shiraz, Pinot, Burgundy, Cabernet, Merlot, Rioja, etc. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, any of the Charles Shaw, "2 buck Chuck," reds would be great.

    BDL
     
  3. my_psychosis

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    Thank you! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
  4. chefedb

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    Maybe try a little Metaxa or Ousso
     
  5. pbarbalias

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    Hi there.

    Ousso better not. It usually accompanies fish & shellfish dishes.

    I agree with the red wine, although some Retsina would work.
     
  6. boar_d_laze

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    Ouzo (not ousso) is a sweet liqueur with an intense licorice taste.  It wouldn't go any better with a hamburger than chopping up black licorice jelly beans and mixing them in.  A better idea might be to pour a couple of ounces of ouzo over ice in a chimney, mix in 3 or 4 parts cold water to each part ouzo, and enjoy a heck of a nice, tall summer drink as a partner your grilled burger.

    Metaxa is a slightly sweet, grape brandy.  Could work, but it's nothing like wine.

    BDL
     
  7. petalsandcoco

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    Yes, I agree. but as an after dinner drink....."ouzo" , Sambuca style......OPA !!!
     
  8. boar_d_laze

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    Chef Petals,

    I agree about ouzo straight in a small class -- after dinner.  But mixed with cool water (ice optional but very American) in a tall glass -- pure refreshment any other time, and very good with mezze.  Same with arak and raki.  Ask Sis in Cyprus.  Also pretty much the same with Pernod, cheri.

    Yassou!

    BDL 
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010
  9. petalsandcoco

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    Chef BDL,

    Your right, with ice and tall glass on a hot day....so refreshing.

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