This richly flavored sauce is a lighter, faster spin on a classic sauce espagnole. It is great with pork tenderloin and roasted turkey breast as well as duck. To obtain a beautiful mahogany-colored sauce, make sure that the vegetables are well browned before adding the liquid.

Patsy Jamieson
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1998
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, mushrooms and bacon; cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add 3/4 cup port and vinegar and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat until reduced by half, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth, tomato paste, garlic, thyme and crushed peppercorns and return to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the sauce from heat and let stand for 20 to 30 minutes.

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  • Pass the sauce through a fine sieve into a small saucepan, pressing hard on solids to extract juices. Bring to a simmer.

  • Mix cornstarch with remaining 2 tablespoons port in a small bowl. Add to the sauce and whisk until thickened slightly.

  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, cover cherries with boiling water. Let plump for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and stir into sauce.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3; cover and chill for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 6 months. Bring to a simmer before continuing with Step 4.

To obtain a beautiful mahogany-colored sauce, make sure that the vegetables are well browned before adding the liquid.

Nutrition Facts

48 calories; protein 1.5g 3% DV; carbohydrates 5.8g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.3g 1% DV; sugars 3.7g; fat 0.7g 1% DV; saturated fat 0.1g; cholesterol 1.7mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 629IU 13% DV; vitamin c 1mg 2% DV; folate 3.3mcg 1% DV; calcium 6.9mg 1% DV; iron 0.3mg 1% DV; magnesium 3.7mg 1% DV; potassium 132.6mg 4% DV; sodium 97.8mg 4% DV; thiaminmg 3% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This sauce took a little time to prepare yet was a wonderful complement to a pork roast. It was rich in flavor with just a little touch of sweetness from the port wine and cherries. Will definitely repeat this one. Read More