Hi Mountain Seasonings recently introduced four new wine-based Finishing Sauces in Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. I was fortunate enough to score samples and tried one out last night.
I chose the Chardonnay Finishing Sauce, which “showcases the classic French pairing of chardonnay with the delicious flavor of Portobello mushrooms and beef stock,” according to the press release I received. I served it over sautéed chicken with onion and garlic over white rice and paired with Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Romanesco Basilic.
The sauce added a nice tang to the chicken, lifting the simple meal up a notch or two. In addition, it was quick and easy to prepare — simply mix with cold water, heat until it thickens, and then stir in some butter. If you need to keep it warming on the stove, like I did because the meal was finished before everyone was home to eat it, don’t worry. The sauce tasted just as good when it was “old” as when it was “fresh.”
I look forward to tasting the other three sauces, as well: Merlot Finishing Sauce, which blends merlot, beef stock, rosemary and garlic; Pinot Gris Finishing Sauce, which combines pinot gris with cranberries, citrus and herbs; and Pinot Noir Finishing Sauce, which blends pinot noir with beef stock, garlic and honey.
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