Saltsa me Kokkino Krasi (Red Wine Sauce)
~ 1 cup of dry red wine
~ 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
~ 2 tbsp of olive oil
~ 4 tbsp of unsalted butter
~ 3 cups of beef broth (Preferably Homemade)
~ 2 tbsp tomato paste
~ 1 yellow onion roughly chopped
~ 1 med carrot roughly chopped
~ 2 stalks of celery roughly chopped
~ 5 garlic cloves minced
~ 1 tbsp of fresh rosemary finely chopped
~ 2 bay leaves
~ 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper to taste
~ Salt to taste
|~ In a large saucepan over med-high heat, warm the olive oil.
~ Add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the vegetables are browned.
~ Add the garlic and cook for about 2 more minutes stirring occasionally.
~ Reduce heat to medium; add the tomato paste, and cook for about 2 more minutes more, stirring often.
~ Add the beef broth, wine, vinegar, rosemary, bay leaves and pepper.
~ Simmer with the pot uncovered for 45 minutes.
~ Strain the sauce through a fine sieve into a medium saucepan pressing down on the solids with the back of a spoon.
~ Continue to simmer for about 45 more minutes more or until about 3/4 of a cup of liquid remains.
~ Add the butter 1 tbsp at a time whisking to melt completely before adding the next piece.
~ Season with salt and pepper to taste, stir and remove from the heat.
~ Pour into a Sauce Boat and serve with your favourite beef dish.
~ Homemade Red Wine Sauce to serve with your favourite Greek Beef dishes, over Mash Potatoes and many other dishes.
~ Good luck and enjoy.