Star Anise Cherry Reduction

This recipe was seen in the New York Daily News, May 10, 2005 in a piece featuring Star Anise.

"This sauce is delicious served with boneless pork loin, says Paul Sale, executive chef at Blue Fin. It was created by Dirk Flanigan, who's at Blue Water Grill in Chicago."

Yield: Serves 4

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Star Anise Cherry Reduction Recipe

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 small onions, peeled and diced
  • 4 sprigs thyme, crushed
  • 10 peppercorns, cracked
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 14 pieces star anise, toasted and ground (reserve 4 pieces for garnish)
  • 1 liter red wine
  • 2 cups port wine
  • 2 cups dried cherries
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste
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Preparation Instructions

In a large saute pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add celery, carrot and onion and saute until soft. Add thyme, peppercorns, garlic and star anise and saute for 2 or 3 minutes. Add wine and port and stir well. Reduce by half. Add dried cherries and stock and reduce by three-quarters, until it reaches a syrupy consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Yield: Serves 4

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