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How to Make a Red Wine Sauce

We’ve posted on how to make a white wine sauce.  But we’d be remiss in our duties to provide you with wine know-how without teaching you how to make a red wine sauce as well.  A red wine sauce is a richer, more delectable counterpart to its buddy, the white wine sauce.  Just like a white wine sauce, though, it couldn’t be simpler to make.  And it is the perfect accompaniment to any pan-fried meats you might be cooking up.  A pan-cooked filet or flat-iron is elevated from good to great with this simple sauce.

Red Wine Sauce

When you’re done cooking your meat, remove it to a warm plate and tent it with foil to keep it warm.  While the meat rests and the juices re-distribute, you have the perfect amount of time to make a great sauce.

Pour off all but two tablespoons of fat from the pan.

Turn the heat to medium.  Add mined shallots or a combination of mined onions and garlic and a pinch of salt, and saute.

Add 2 cups of dry red wine.  Deglaze the pan: bring the sauce to a boil, and stir and scrape the bottom of the pan until all the delicious brown bits are loosened.  Turn the heat down a bit and let the sauce simmer until reduced by half.

Pour over a steak.  Serve with the same wine in the sauce.  Bliss!

  1. Karen
    January 12th, 2011 at 09:13 | #1

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I am going to give this a try Friday evening for my oldest daughters birthday dinner.

  2. Holly Snyder
    January 12th, 2011 at 11:26 | #2

    Fabulous! Let us know how it comes out.

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