Ancho Bourbon Sauce and Yellow Pepper Pesto

This sauce takes a little time to make, but it is worth it!  It needs to reduce to a thick sauce, which can take up to 2 hours because you start with so much liquid.  But, oh what an incredibly rich and tasty sauce you will have to put on any grilled meat, vegetables!  

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Main ingredients

Bourbon-Chile Sauce:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1 cup tablespoons bourbon plus 1 tablespoon
3 ancho chiles, soaked, seeded, stems removed and pureed
4 cups homemade chicken stock
1 cup apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup light brown sugar or honey
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Method:

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until soft. Add 1 cup of bourbon and cook until reduced to a syrup, about 1/4 cup. 

Add the remaining ingredients except salt and pepper, and cook until reduced by half. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, return mixture to the pan, and cook to sauce consistency, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of bourbon and cook for 2 minutes. 

Season with salt and pepper.  


Yellow Pepper Pesto

This is absolutely my favorite sauce recipe!  The roasted yellow peppers add a sweetness that blends perfectly with the cilantro and Parmesan.  You can spoon this sauce on eggs, grilled meats or vegetables, or my favorite…..poured over corn chips and eaten like chips and salsa!

Main ingredients
Yellow Pepper Pesto

2 large yellow bell peppers, grilled, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Method

Place peppers, garlic, pine nuts, cilantro and cheese in a food processor and process until combined.  With the motor running, add the oil and process until emulsified and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

This sauce takes a little time to make, but it is worth it!  It needs to reduce to a thick sauce, which can take up to 2 hours because you start with so much liquid.  But, oh what an incredibly rich and tasty sauce you will have to put on any grilled meat, vegetables!  

MainsIzza Wei-Haas