Easy Recipes with Port Wine

Posted by: Marisa Leitão

Post Date 24-Dec-2019 14:00:00

This is the time of the year where family and friends get together, usually gathered around food and wine. Tasty, delicious, easy recipes to dazle the guests and don't take too much of your attention, so you can still entertain while cooking.

So much to do in between the christmas decor, christmas shopping, and time for work, family and yourself, that is it important to have at hand easy recipes. Easy Recipes with Port Wine.


What is Port Wine?  

Port wine is born in one of the oldest wine regions in the world, the Douro region in Portugal, and is one of the most famous fortified wines in the world. This famous wine is fortified for a historical reason. The first producers needed to ship it to England and because of the long journey, they had to come up with a way to longer preserve it. They found out that by adding brandy it would stop the fermentation process making it last longer and, eventually, it made the wine taste even better, giving birth to that flavor we all so well know today.
Due to its fortification, Port wine provides a warming alcoholic feeling, making it an excellent suggestion to keep you warm during the colder seasons and, definitely, a great wine for the holidays.


Why cooking with Port Wine?

Port is a fortified wine, high ABV and sweet. Depending on the Port Wine, there are diverse flavors you can add to your recipe. Despite your Port Wine of choice Port will always add sweetness and balance to the dish.

A quick tip on cooking with Port Wine:

The two types of Port most often used in cooking are ruby Port—a fruity, young wine—and tawny Port, aged in wood casks and takes on a tawny, brown color and more complex flavors of toffee, chocolate and caramel. Vintage Port, is a premium wine meant for aging and drinking on its own.  

Here is the place to taste the most emblematic Port Wine. 



Easy Recipes with Port Wine

3 simple to make recipes using Port Wine. In fact it might as well considered a menu.


Beef Stew


3 pounds beef chuck roast, fat trimmed, meat cut into 1-inch pieces

2 large onions, coarsely chopped

4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

4 thyme sprigs, plus 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme leaves

2 bay leaves 1 cup pure olive oil

1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms (1/2 cup)

1 cup ruby port

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 celery ribs, finely chopped

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 large shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, caps thinly sliced

2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth

2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley


How to cook It

Step 1   

In a large bowl, toss the beef chuck with the onions, garlic, thyme sprigs, bay leaves, pure olive oil and 1 cup of the red wine; season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Step 2   

Drain the meat. Transfer the meat to a paper towel–lined plate and pat dry; reserve the onion mixture separately.

Step 3   

In a medium heatproof bowl, cover the dried porcini with the port. Microwave at high power for 1 minute, until the porcini are softened; let cool. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the porcini to a food processor. Add the tomato paste and half of the porcini soaking liquid and process until smooth. Reserve the remaining porcini soaking liquid.

Step 4   

In a large, heavy casserole, heat 2 tablespoons of the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderately high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the reserved onion mixture and the celery and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the onion-bacon mixture to a bowl.

Step 5   

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the casserole. Dust the meat with flour, shaking off any excess. Add half of the meat to the casserole and cook over moderately high heat until browned all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer the meat to the bowl with the onion-bacon mixture. Lower the heat to moderate and brown the remaining meat.

Step 6   

Return all of the meat and the onion mixture to the casserole and stir until sizzling. Add the porcini paste and stir for 1 minute. Stir in the carrots and sliced shiitake caps. Add the stock, the remaining red wine and the remaining porcini soaking liquid and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer over low heat until the meat is tender, about 2 hours. Discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaves.

Step 7   

Uncover the stew and cook over moderate heat until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Add the parsley and 2 teaspoons of chopped thyme, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Credits and original recipe to Food and Wine. 


Pêras Bebedas – In other words Pouched Pears

This classic French dessert is so popular in Portugal. In Portuguese Pêras Bebedas, translate literally as “Drunk pears”  and if you know already how to make Poach pears, you might understand why right ahead.

This is one of the most simple to make desserts, and one of the most consensual too.

Poaching is a simple culinary technique, and it enhances the natural sugars and flavor of the fruit using spices and wine. The scent of the wine and spices together are inebriating and the color of the pears is just incredible.



1 Cup of Port Wine

34 cup sugar (optional)

3 (2") strips citrus peel

2 sticks of cinnamon

2 cardamom seeds

Nutmeg to sprinkle the boiling wine

Firm ripe Bosc or Portuguese Rocha Pear (as many as your guests)

Optional: Ice cream, whipped cream or marcarpone for serving


How to cook it

Add wine, sugar, the citrus peel, I recomend orange peel, cinnamon and other spices and 2 cups water in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, about 5 minutes, until sugar dissolves. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

Peel the pears and cut 1⁄4" from pear bottoms to make a flat surface, nestle them into bottom of pan containing the Port wine mixture.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, until a knife slides into pears with ease, about 50 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool. Drink a glass of Port Wine while waiting the Poach pears to cool down.

Serve in a beautiful plate, place one pear per plate and drizzle the sauce from the pan over pears. Serve with a scoop of the prefered cream.

Croft Pink, Everyone's favorite color

Yes, Pink is the color of the season! Pink Port is light, fresh, and well... way too instagramable! 

Roses are red, skies are .. Pink, Pink Sky Cocktail? Isn't it just perfect all year round? Here is the recipe:


  • 60ml croft pink
  • 25ml apple vodka
  • 50ml camomile infusion
  • 1 spring of rosemary
  • 20ml simple syrup

Simple syrup: add 500ml of water and 500g of sugar into a medium hot pan, stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Turn off the heat as soon as it starts to boil.

Shake all ingredients and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. add the rosemary sprig.

If you just happen to be in Portugal, The Yeatman will be the place for a luxurious stay, spa and for tasting a Croft Pink Cocktail at the end of the day, watching the sun go down over the Atlantic Ocean.

A tip: Have a sneak peek on this tour; it might be of your highest interest... 

3-Day Luxury Tour in Porto

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Marisa Leitão

Written by: Marisa Leitão

Marisa has been working on Digital Marketing and Advertising for the past years. Born in Lisbon and hopelessly in love with Porto, she knows the trendy places and the hidden-gems of both. Ask her about Portuguese heritage and curiosities, she knows some funny facts that you will enjoy to uncover.

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