Cherry-Balsamic Sauce


 Many cuts of steak benefit from the tenderizing effects of a marinade. This does its job and then doubles as a sauce when simmered with some shallots.


1/3 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons cherry preserves
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
2 teaspoons butter


Whisk wine, vinegar, cherry preserves, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place meat in a shallow glass dish. Pour the marinade over the meat and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator, turning several times, for at least 20 minutes or up to 8 hours.

Remove the meat from the marinade. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan; add shallot and set aside. While the meat is cooking, bring the marinade to a boil; cook over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, or until it is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Remove from the heat; add butter and whisk until melted.