Port & Dried Cherry Sauce

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Port & Dried Cherry Sauce

Port & Dried Cherry Sauce

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.

Serves 16

Prep Time 50 min

Total Time 70 min.


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup white or cremini mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
  • 2 ounces Canadian-style bacon, diced (1/3 cup)
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 port
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 14-ounce c reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup dried sour cherries

Cooking Directions

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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