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Old 06-01-2007, 07:49 AM   #1
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Can I omit the alcohol from my recipe?

Hi. I have a recipe (steak dianne) that requires 1/2 cup red wine, and 2 tablespoons on brandy. I'd rather not add any alcohol, but what could I subsitute for the alcohol? Water? I am not sure.

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Old 06-01-2007, 07:52 AM   #2
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I would suggest a marinade, rather, like a honey teriyaki sauce.

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Old 06-01-2007, 08:05 AM   #3
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:07 AM   #4
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you are making a pan sauce with the drippings and the wines...I would use broth and a little cream...it will be different but very tasty nonetheless
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:20 AM   #5
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Not looking at your particular recipe I hesitate to say. However, you probably could omit the alcohol with out much adverse effects. You might try Google and see what other recipes you can find for Steak Diane and non-alcohoic sauces etc...Hope this helps

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Old 06-01-2007, 09:24 AM   #6
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In many recipes you can substitute broth, fruit juice (apple or cranberry or whatever is good with your particular meat) italian dressing sometimes, or even water. There are probably many others, but these come to mind.
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:30 AM   #7
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Here's a site with the information you need:

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Old 06-01-2007, 09:43 AM   #8
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You might be able to do it, but unfortunately wine - & especially brandy or cognac - are integral ingredients of "Steak Dianne". If I were you, I'd find a different recipe.
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Or you can try "Steak Dianne" without the alcohol and make a new trend in the history of the dish.
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:52 AM   #10
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What elevates a pan fried steak to the level of "Steak Diane" is the sauce ... and the brandy or cognac is as important as the Worcestershire sauce for the distinctive flavor that makes this dish what it is.

As Uncle Bob said, Google on the phrase "steak diane recipe" and you will find some that do not use alcohol. They are, however, totally different from the ones that do.

IMHO - without those distinctive flavors of brandy and Worcestershire sauce in the sauce it is just a pan fried steak with "a sauce" - not Steak Diane! It would be like chopping up some iceberg lettuce, throwing in a handful of croûtons and dousing it in Bacon flavored Ranch Dressing and calling it a Caesar Salad.

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