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Grilled Steak with Red Wine Sauce

I’ve made this wine sauce many times over the years and it is wonderful. I’ve used Zinfandel, and Shiraz/Cabernet blend for the wine. Make sure you give it the right amount of time to reduce adequately.  Don’t rush it- it will pay off!

Serve with: Baby Greens, Roasted Pear, Caramelized Onions, Toasted Walnuts and Goat Cheese Salad
and Crispy Skillet-Roasted Potatoes

The Recipe:
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Rib-Eye, T-Bone, Sirloin or London Broil Steak
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Sprinkle both sides of steak evenly with salt; wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.
Heat grill until very hot.
Unwrap steak; brush both sides with oil and sprinkle evenly with pepper.  Place steak on the hottest part of the grill and grill until desired doneness.  If cooking a London broil transfer to a cutting board and let it sit for 5-10 minutes under a foil cover then slice.

Red Wine Sauce:
1 ½ cups red wine (Zinfandel or Shiraz)
1 can (13 ⅔oz) beef broth
2 tsp tomato paste
3 Tbsp water
2 tsp arrowroot
Salt and Pepper to taste

Bring the wine to a boil in a small saucepan.  Boil until the wine is reduced to ½ cup.  Add broth and tomato paste; boil 10 minutes or until reduced to 1 ½  cups.  In small cup mix the water and the arrowroot; stir into the wine mixture.  Heat to boiling.  Stir in salt and pepper.  Add any juices from the meat if you can. 

The Wines:
The barbequed, blackened, flame-broiled, crusted, smoky, sizzling fare we Americans love in the summer pair great with big, bold reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, French Rhone wines, and Italians such as Barolo, Barbera d’Asti, etc. These protein and fat rich preparations coat your tongue and shield it from the tannins drying sensation letting the full fruit flavors shine.

  • RED  St. Francis Winery  2002 Sonoma County  ($10.99) A  blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Grenache, and Sangiovese.
  • VACQUEYRAS  Les Christins  Perrin & Fils  2004  ($19.99)  A Rhone wine..80% Grenache and 20% Syrah
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW  Napa Valley-Spring Mountain  2002 ($19.99) Cabernet Sauvignon
  • KIMBERLY RIVER 2004 Zinfandel ($11.99)

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