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I would have to say, that I was unfamiliar with cooking with wine, until just a few years ago. I never quite understood what role it played in seasoning the foods cooked in it, until I tasted this sauce! Wow! I just wanted to take a soup spoon to it and have it as a meal, ha,ha, ha... Cooking steak was not one of my strong points for most of my married life. I have practiced, and practiced different techniques this past year, and can proudly say, that I cook a pretty mean steak! My husband is very happy about this. I highly recommend this red wine sauce to anyone who likes steak. You will love it!
1 cup red wine, like Cabernet or Merlot
1 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
Here's a tip for when making the red wine sauce. After marinating your steak, take the excess marinade and add it to the sauce while it is reducing. My marinade included, garlic, oregano, peppercorns, chile serrano, and red wine vinegar... super tasty!
1. combine all of the ingredients in a heavy sauce pan. Heat to medium heat and when it comes to a boil, reduce heat and continue stirring periodically until the sauce reduces by half.
2. This sauce takes a little time, but is so worth it in the end. It becomes this most beautiful gravy and has this rich, wonderful flavor that compliments any steak! Yields about 1 cup.
I have to give credit to my friend Sue Michaels, who owns this great kitchen store and teaches cooking classes! It was there where I had my first taste of a red wine sauce. I brought that home and made it my own by adding a few flavors I like. I served my steak with a side of cheesy poblano risotto and a tomato cucumber salad.
Other recipes by Sonia:
Mexican Red Rice
Chile Relleno with Serrano Shrimp
Tacos al Pastor
Cheesy Chorizo Bread
Flank Steak Tacos
Frijoles Borrachos con Chorizo
Buffalo Chicken Flautas
Chile Garlic Shrimp Kabobs
Chicken Enchilada Soup with Chayotes
Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Chip Chimichangas
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