If you host a New Year’s Eve gathering, chances are you’re going to have a little Champagne left the following day. Whether it’s half an open bottle or a full bottle brought by a guest, instead of dumping it or storing and forgetting it, why not cook with it?


Here are five recipes that will make sure your leftover Champagne (or other sparkling wine) doesn’t go to waste.

Chicken Breasts in Champagne Sauce Recipe – Mushrooms, leaks and cream combine with 2/3 of a cup of champagne to make a sauce for chicken breasts. This simple, one-skillet dish that cooks in under 30 minutes would make a nice New Year’s Day dinner.

Scallops in Champagne – Mushrooms, shallots and Dijon mustard create a sauce for pan-fried scallops. This is another quick, flavorful leftover Champagne recipe that would make a great New Year’s Day dinner.

Poached Pears in Vanilla and Champagne – This recipe will use up your leftover Champagne and the pears you got as part of a gourmet food gift tower from your boss.

Champagne Vinegar – Turn your leftover champagne into vinegar that can be stored for six months. This link also contains a recipe for a Champagne Vinaigrette that uses the vinegar.

Three Cheese Fondue with Champagne – Gruyere, Emmenthal and Brie cheeses are melted with Champagne. Shallots and nutmeg round out the flavors of this fondue that would be great with French bread and fruit.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.