Prune-y Balsamic Reduction Sauce
Prunes. Until now, I had honestly not ever even seen a real, live fresh prune. I have only ever been not-so-privileged to see the dehydrated kind at the store. And, well, those are for old people with digestive problems. Or, that’s what I thought …
These are beautiful. They look so harmless. Like little plums. Yummy even …
I don’t know why but I was surprised by their interior color and little pit. I was a little afraid to try them.
Totally good! The texture is a little different but not bad and the flavor was just lightly sweet.
OK — what the heck! Prunes for dinner! One quick Google search later and I found a nice Food Network recipe from Melissa D’Arabian for Pot Roast Carbonnade.
Then, life happened. I forgot to bring home the meat to cook in the crockpot. I was in a hurry, etc. Dinner still needed to happened but it was more of a bad episode of Chopped/Iron Chef/Rachel Ray than the friendly, cute (and organized) Melissa. Here’s my short cut recipe:
- One decent size chuck roast or similiar cut of beef
- Handful of fresh prunes, cleaned and pitted
- About a cup of balsamic vinegar
I seared the chuck roast on both sides to get a nice crust on the outside, seasoned heavily with salt and pepper, then, covered it to cook through while I made side dishes.
In another pan, I fried up some fresh, new potatoes. Nothing fancy, just get some seasoning on them and cook.
I also had some fresh green beans. Clean ’em and get in hot water to steam. Finish with seasonings and just a touch of butter for velvelty flavor.
Now, for the prunes. I chopped them up a little bit so they wouldn’t be all gigantic, dropped them in a sauce pot and covered them in balsamic vinegar. The whole mix just needs to boil down a bit to make a nice reduction sauce. Trust me, this is going to be good!
The sweet-tart of the balsamic vinegar and the prunes melted together and really made a nice sauce over the chuck roast (which was NOT the best cut of meat). I think the sauce saved dinner and I highly recommend trying it.
Prunes are good stuff! If you get a chance, try the fresh ones. They’re not just for old people.