Friday, April 24, 2009

Two Classic Sauces

Let's see .... The kitchen remodel is done, the concrete is poured, the IWC is over (except for medal deliveries). What to do? Jerri Nelson (Idaho Hotel, Silver City, ID) asked me a while ago for a wine reduction sauce. Here are two of them and they are slightly different from each other, but will both work well with pork tenderloin or center cut chops or with beef. If you do not have The Sauce Bible: Guide to the Saucier's Craft, help the economy and purchase it. Amazon (dot) com is an excellent source. The Sauce Bible: Guide to the Saucier's Craft, David Paul Larousse, 1993. ISBN: 13: 978-0-471-57228-2.

Wine Merchant Butter (Beurre Marchand de Vin)

1 Shallot, minced
1 T Parsley, Minced
1 c dry Red Wine
½ lbs Butter, unsalted and soft
1 c Beef Stock
pinch White Pepper

1. Simmer the shallot and wine until reduced by half. Add the stock and continue to reduce until 2 Tablespoons of liquid remain.
2. Whip the reduction along with the remaining ingredients until thoroughly blended.
3. Wrap the butter and store in a refrigerator.

Marchand de Vin indicates a dish seasoned with red wine and shallot reduction. Any grilled or broiled meat can be garnished with this rich butter.

Mango-Port Sauce

1 ripe Mango
2 c Heavy Cream
1 Shallot, Minced
4 T Unsalted Butter, ¼ inch chunks
½ c Port Wine
Salt and Pepper to taste
¼ t Sugar

1. Peel, pit and purée the mango in a food processor.
2. Simmer the shallot and port wine until about 2 Tablespoons remain. Add the mango purée and sugar and continue cooking until the sugar is dissolved.
3. Add the cream and blend well, and simmer until reduced by one-third or until the sauce reaches the desired thickness.
4. Add the butter and blend continuously, until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside in a warm place until ready to use.

Hint: When making butter based sauces and reducing with wine, Do Not exceed 130ºF to guard against the sauce breaking. Mango-Port Sauce is good with any grilled or broiled beef or pork, especially a tenderloin or Rib-Eye.

If you would like hard copies from the web, here are the links:
1. Wine Merchant Butter (Beurre Marchand de Vin)
2. Mango-Port Sauce

Good Luck with the sauces and Cheers!

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