There are only a few times when I choose red wine over white wine. Even though red wine is much better for you, I usually go for the white because I feel like its tastes better when you are drinking it by itself. I try to find other ways to use red wine in my recipes so if I’m drinking a glass of red wine it will compliment my dish.
Studies show that 1-2 glasses of red wine a day lowers risk of heart attack for people up to 50 percent!! Red wine also has shown to help prevent blood clots and reduce the blood vessel damage caused by fat deposits. Plus it is rich source of antioxidants, which of course, is good for everything!
This decadent and rich dessert I have come up with can also be called healthy. A reduction of dry red wine paired with a floral, sweet honey and pouched fresh figs is paired beautifully with the same wine you cooked with. For the wine I would suggest the dry red, such as a Chianti. It is less sweet so that it doesn’t over power the honey.
POACHED FIGS IN RED WINE AND HONEY
1 cup dry, red wine, such as Chianti
1-1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
8 fresh figs
4 1oz pieces of dark chocolate (opt.)
Pour wine into a heavy saucepan. Dissolve flour in wine, off the heat, until fully dissolved. Transfer saucepan to stove top and cook over a medium flame.
Add honey (honey that has been warmed to a syrup-like consistency) and cinnamon sticks, and cook, until reduced by about half, approximately 8 minutes.
Reduce flame to low, and add figs so that they are standing up straight. let figs poach for about 10 minutes.
to plate, place fig on a plate, drizzle with red wine sauce and sprinkle with chocolate pieces. ENJOY!