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Pinot Noir Butter Sauce

  • Yield: 1 cup


  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallots
  • 1/2 cup pinot noir, or other dry red wine
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Salt


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the shallots, wine and peppercorns and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced in volume by half, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, adding each piece before the previous one has been completely incorporated. Continue until all the butter is incorporated and the sauce coats the back of a spoon, removing the pan from the heat periodically to prevent the sauce from getting too hot and breaking.
  • Strain into a clean container and use immediately.

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