This no sugar wine jelly makes a great addition to your cheeseboard. Combine the flavour pairing of cheese and wine in a jelly form.
You could also serve this wine jelly with turkey as an alternative to cranberry sauce (for adults only I hesitate to add) but we always enjoy it with slices of cheese as an appetiser or snack.
I first came across a wine jelly when we lived in Aruba. The Dutch love their cheese and one of the supermarkets sold a platter of cheese with a wine jelly as a dip for the cheese sticks. Once we tried this delectable combination we were hooked, and it featured in our evenings enjoying a sunset. The only downside was that this wine jelly had sugar in it, so I needed to make a version without sugar.
I can tell you from personal experience that chia seeds and wine do not work. It was a waste of both ingredients and my plan for a wine chia jam failed. For my next attempt, I reached for a packet of Vege-gel. Well, I had to order a packet online and pay 3 times the cost in shipping charges as it’s not available in here. For the non-vegetarians, use gelatin.
Adults Only Appetiser
This recipe is as simple as follow the instructions on the vege-gel or gelatin using wine for the liquid element. I do not use any sweetener as I used a strong Cabernet Sauvignon wine. You should taste the wine jelly and adjust for your own tastes. Other red wines you could use for a wine jelly are Merlot, Malbec and a Bordeaux.
If you wanted a more festive wine jelly, add a dash of cinnamon and cloves for a mulled wine jam. Cut up some cheese, reach for those low carb crackers and enjoy!
- 1 sachet Gelatin or Vege-Gel
- 570 ml Red Wine
- Add the vege-gel or gelatine to the wine and stir.
- Pour into a saucepan and gently heat, stirring for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly and then pour into moulds or dishes.
- Place in the fridge to set.
- Serve with cheese