and picture yourself concocting that very sauce.
No, don't let the last part of that sentence daunt you in turning that vision into a reality.
It's not only professional chefs who can deliver that quality of dish; you can do it too.
Make your family and friends wonder if you've attended professional cooking lessons lately by cooking up a simple yet amazing red wine sauce.
A red wine sauce is a savory accompaniment for your steaks.
The basic ingredients include dry red wine, chicken or beef stock, shallots, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, butter, thyme leaves and salt and pepper.
To make this sauce, first sauté whatever meat you'll be pairing it with.
Take note to use a pan that is NOT non-stick, as the flavors of this sauce depend on the bits of meat that stick to the pan after cooking, known as the fond.
So after sautéing, remove the meat from the pan but do not throw out the residue and juices that remain.
Over low heat, add shallots and stir frequently until they become translucent.
Then, raise the heat to high and deglaze the pan with dry red wine and stock.
Deglazing simply means adding a liquid to loosen the fond that has been cooked onto the bottom of the pan, drawing all the flavor possible.
Most of the alcohol in the wine boils off, while the small amount of alcohol left serves as a good flavor carrier.
Boil the liquid until the sauce is reduced by half, then bring the heat down to medium.
Add balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard, and cook until the desired thickness is reached.
You can use a regular spoon to test the thickness of the sauce; it's usually thick enough if it can coat the spoon.
Once it is achieved, add butter.
Divide the butter into smaller pieces to be more manageable.
Finally, add salt and pepper to taste, as well as thyme leaves.
Add this delicious sauce to meats such as beef tenderloin, beef tips and fillet mignon, serve, and watch the magic of this savory sauce put people in a satisfied trance! An easy way to use this delicious red wine sauce recipe is to grill seasoned chicken breasts with vegetables and then top with red wine sauce upon serving.