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Substitute for Marsala

Asked by jsfshepherd. Answered on 8th February 2016

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I'd like to make the Toad In The Hole recipe (from "Kitchen") with the onion gravy, but haven't any Marsala to hand. What could I use instead? She suggests only a quick glug so not very much needed. Thank you!

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Nigella suggests serving the Toad In the Hole (from Kitchen)with an Onion Gravy recipe that is made from caramelised onions and meat stock. Nigella adds a little Marsala wine to the gravy at the end of the recipe, though it can be optional.

Marsala is a fortified wine and can be sweet or dry, though most usually the dry version would be used for cooking. Possible substitutes would be a dry Madeira wine or a darker sherry such as Oloroso. If you don't have these then you could also use port or red vermouth.

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