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2 tbsp shallots, minced

50 mL white wine vinegar

50 mL dry white wine


White pepper

1 cup butter, chopped into small pieces

Herbs, optional


In a saucepan combine 2 tablespoons minced shallots, 50 mL white wine vinegar and 50 mL dry white wine

Season with salt and white pepper. Boil and reduce by about two-thirds or until syrupy. If you have too much liquid your sauce won’t thicken properly.

Add the butter a piece at a time either off the heat or on very low heat, not allowing the sauce to boil. Add the next piece of butter just before the previous piece has dissolved.

Slowly the sauce will become creamy and smooth. If it tastes too acidic add more butter. If it tastes a bit flat you can add a bit of lemon juice.

Strain the sauce at the end to remove shallots if you wish. You can add some herbs such as chives for extra flavour.

Serve immediately or keep warm by placing the pan in warm water. This should help the sauce hold for about 20 minutes.

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Sue Riedl worked for 12 years in the Toronto film industry where her culinary passion was ignited while consuming countless unhealthy snacks off the craft service table. More


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