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I'm planing on making a roast leg of lamb tomorrow night: http://www.eatyourbooks....w-roast-shoulder-of-lamb
On clicking thru to the full recipe it calls for 1 x small glas sof white wine, but being red drinkers we don't have any on hand... do you think I would be OK to substitute red wine for the white?
Don't want to spoil a lovely leg of lamb!
I'm sure that red wine will be fine. Different, perhaps ... but fine!
There shouldn't be any problem substituting. In fact, you may get a more robust flavor in your lamb! You might not want to do this in a dish where the color of the sauce is important, but in a case like this it should be fine. You also might want to consider using a lighter red wine, like a Merlot or Beaujolais, if you have them on hand instead of the white wine. That should keep the flavors closer to the original recipe, if that's important to you.
I have substituted vermouth for white (or red) wine. The result was very good - but didn't do a side-by-side comparison to know if it was better or worse! Dry vermouth is inexpensive, and for non-white-wine drinkers, it can be very useful for cocktails. It also keeps for a long time in the refrigerator.