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Red and White Wine Turkey Sauce

He prefers red wine, she prefers white, and their daughter likes some of both.  Now, they are coming over for Thanksgiving dinner.  You wanted to make a delicious wine sauce to accompany your turkey, but now you just don’t know which to make: red or white?  Never fear!  With this easy recipe, red lovers, white lovers, and those who enjoy both will all be delighted.

First of all, you’re going to make two different sauces–one with white wine, one with red.  These sauces can be served separately, or combined to form an intriguing red-white sauce!  (Excited yet?)

A Roast Thanksgiving Turkey

A Thanksgiving Turkey (photo by Gregory Kohs)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup red wine (on the drier side)
  • 1/2 cup white wine (dry or sweet)
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 4 ounces chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter

Put the red wine, butter, and chicken stock in a pan and simmer on low for 12-14 minutes.  Now, into another pan, put the white wine and chicken bouillon cube.  Heat over low for 6-7 minutes, then stir the heavy cream and chives into your white sauce.  Continue to heat 2-3 more minutes, stirring occasionally.  Voilà!  Once your turkey is ready, ask each guest’s preference before pouring the red or white sauce over it while serving.  And for guests looking for a real treat, pour both sauces over the bird.  Enjoy!

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