For the busy cook, there is nothing better than a slow cooker when approaching the cooler times of the year. And cooking with red wine? It’s easier than you think and this recipe of red wine and herb casserole in the slow cooker is the perfect way to find out!
A very popular ingredient in our household when it comes to cooking richly-flavored casseroles, is a bottle of Tasmanian Pinot Noir.
Between the Pinot Noir and the slow cooker you are almost guaranteed a full-flavored casserole. My meat of choice for such a casserole is beef, but lamb, venison and chicken pieces are all good alternatives.
Add a few winter vegetables and herbs and you are all set for cooking a rich casserole that fills your house with wonderful cooking aromas and provides an immediate meal after a busy day at work.
Or maybe after a great hike, such as the Bay of Fires, a pristine beach walk in Tasmania guaranteed to leave you in awe as well as a little hungry for a hearty dish.
Tasmanian Wine – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine
Although not connected to the Australian mainland anymore (it was until 12,000 years ago when rising sea waters made an island out of what we now call Tasmania), Tasmania wants for nothing when it comes to food, wine, scenery and hiking.
If you are a keen hiker, there is no better place to go in Australia to experience world-class hiking, where you can totally connect with nature in some of the most pristine and undisturbed forests and beaches that you will ever see anywhere. And no people and no over-development!
And afterwards you can relax with a world-class Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Like sparkling? Tasmania is home to many great vineyards producing some fine sparkling wine, try a sparkling from Jansz, you won’t be disappointed.
As in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia, there are many wineries in Tasmania. In the north of Tasmania around Launceston in the Tamar Valley and in the south of the state, near Hobart around the Coal River and Huon River valleys, are a number of good wineries, all open for tasting. It is generally free and an enjoyable experience to stop at the cellar door for a tasting..
For Tasmania, wine is all about the quality. The volume of wine produced in Tasmania is lower than other Australian states but Tasmanian wine is generally of a very high quality and more expensive than wine from other states because of this fabulous quality. You are never far from good quality wine in Tasmania. And if you like Pinot Noir then you will just be in heaven. Along with Victoria, Tasmania produces magnificent Pinot Noir.
And it is a delight to cook with. If you want a richly-flavored beef stew as per our recipe below then cook with a good wine. Don’t buy the cheapest wine for cooking. It might seem like a great sacrifice to cook with good wine and not drink it – but trust me, you will end up with a superior taste when you cook with an excellent wine.
Easy Red Wine and Herb Casserole in the Slow Cooker
Slow cooker users know making a great tasting stew in your favorite cooking implement means you will come home to wonderful cooking aromas filling your house.
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If you like this slow cooker recipe you might also enjoy Coq Au Vin, a classic french dish of chicken and red wine which is also easy to make in the slow cooker.
For some Greek fare, try this Drunken Pork, a Greek classic using red wine and pork and easy to make. Beef Stifado found everywhere throughout Greece, is another easy, Greek casserole, just full of flavor.
Finally, a dish you may not have heard of Sultan’s Delight is a Turkish classic which pairs lamb with smoky eggplant. It is the perfect dish for a special occasion.