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Substitute For Sherry For Linguine With Mussels

Asked by SueJennex. Answered on 8th February 2019

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Can I use white wine instead of sherry for the Linguine With Mussels?

Linguine With Mussels
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Linguine With Mussels
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Nigella's Linguine With Mussels (from NIGELLA SUMMER) cooks mussels in a spicy, garlicky sauce made with amontillado sherry. Amontillado sherry is a dry, medium sherry that has an oaky, nutty flavour. It gives the dish a slightly Spanish tilt.

A dry Marsala is usually the closest substitute for amontillado sherry as it is aged in a similar way. It also keeps well after opening so is useful to have as a kitchen staple, to splash into sauces and stews. However for this particular dish it would be possible to use a dry white wine as an alternative, as this goes well with shellfish and is usually paired with mussels for Moules Marineres. You may also like to try Nigella's Linguine With Clams.

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