"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Sauces, Marinades, Rubs
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-25-2006, 08:02 PM   #1
Head Chef
 
Mylegsbig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,291
Vodka Sauce: Your Thoughts and Recipes.

Just looking for some discussion and info on Vodka Sauce. What is your recipe you use for it? What type of flavors does it go well with? Any general tips or random info on making this sauce that you can give me? I am planning on making one in the next couple days want to get all the info i can.

Thanks in advance.

__________________

__________________
3..2..1.. HUSTLE! HUSTLE!
Mylegsbig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2006, 08:37 PM   #2
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 4,357
I posted a recipe for Vodka Pie. I'll see if I can find my recipe for Penne in Vodka Cream Sauce... but if someone has a recipe to share, would be appreciated.

Just noticed your siggie. That's not a pic of you (avatar)? Thought I recognized you from the California Highway Patrol - lol j/k.
__________________

__________________
mish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2006, 09:03 PM   #3
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
This is my favorite. I think it is even better the next day.

PENNE ALA VODKA

One 35-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano) with their liquid
1 pound penne
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
10 cloves garlic, peeled
Crushed hot red pepper
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil for finishing the sauce, if you like
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for passing if you like

Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil in an 8-quart pot over high heat.

Pour the tomatoes and their liquid into the work bowl of a food processor. Using quick on/off pulses, process the tomatoes just until they are finely chopped. (Longer processing will aerate the tomatoes, turning them pink.)

Stir the penne into the boiling water. Bring the water back to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook the pasta, semi-covered, stirring occasionally, until done, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Whack the garlic cloves with the side of a knife and add them to the hot oil. Cook, shaking the skillet, until the garlic is lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Lower the work bowl with the tomatoes close to the skillet and carefully - they will splatter - slide the tomatoes into the pan. Bring to a boil, season lightly with salt and generously with crushed red pepper, and boil 2 minutes. Pour in the vodka, lower the heat so the sauce is at a lively simmer, and simmer until the pasta is ready.

Just before the pasta is done, fish the garlic cloves out of the sauce and pour in the cream. Add the 2 tablespoons butter or oil, if using, and swirl the skillet to incorporate into the sauce. If the skillet is large enough to accommodate the sauce and pasta, fish the pasta out of the boiling water with a large wire skimmer and drop it directly into the sauce in the skillet. If not, drain the pasta, return it to the pot, and pour in the sauce. Bring the sauce and pasta to a boil, stirring to coat the pasta with sauce. Check the seasoning, adding salt and red pepper if necessary. Sprinkle the parsley over the pasta and boil until the sauce is reduced enough to cling to the pasta.

Remove the pot from the heat, sprinkle 3/4 cup of the cheese over the pasta, and toss to mix. Serve immediately,
__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2006, 09:51 PM   #4
Head Chef
 
Mylegsbig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,291
Pour in the vodka, lower the heat so the sauce is at a lively simmer, and simmer until the pasta is ready.


Just before the pasta is done, fish the garlic cloves out of the sauce and pour in the cream. Add the 2 tablespoons butter or oil, if using, and swirl the skillet to incorporate into the sauce. If the skillet is large enough to accommodate the sauce and pasta, fish the pasta out of the boiling water with a large wire skimmer and drop it directly into the sauce in the skillet. If not, drain the pasta, return it to the pot, and pour in the sauce. Bring the sauce and pasta to a boil, stirring to coat the pasta with sauce. Check the seasoning, adding salt and red pepper if necessary. Sprinkle the parsley over the pasta and boil until the sauce is reduced enough to cling to the pasta.

**** im not understanding this part.... the exact order you stir the pasta into the sauce....

thanks for the recipe btw that is the one i will try in the next couple of days if i can get to understand it better....
__________________
3..2..1.. HUSTLE! HUSTLE!
Mylegsbig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2006, 08:19 AM   #5
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mylegsbig
**** im not understanding this part.... the exact order you stir the pasta into the sauce....
You basically just want to do this as your last step. Once the sauce and past are both done cooking then you add the pasta to the sauce (or vice versa) just to combine.
__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2006, 08:48 AM   #6
Executive Chef
 
Michelemarie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Suburb of Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,614
Send a message via Yahoo to Michelemarie
GB's sauce is mouthwatering, I have a similar one - I get complimented and asked for the recipe every time i make it:

saute a red onion in some butter and olive oil til opaque -
add a can of diced tomatoes-undrained (fresh didn't seem to work as well)
simmer for 20 minutes
add 1/4 cup of vodka and a tsp of red pepper flakes
add 2 cup of heavy whipping cream
combine with pasta, top with fresh parm

again, GB is much more professional than me - maybe he can doctor mine up - it is good though, i promise you that. i am gonna try GB's next time, though.
__________________
Michele Marie
Michelemarie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2006, 08:51 AM   #7
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
LOL you give me too much credit Michelemarie I think your sauce sounds delicious!
__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2006, 10:54 AM   #8
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 4,357
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mylegsbig
Just looking for some discussion and info on Vodka Sauce. What is your recipe you use for it? What type of flavors does it go well with?
I would use the sauce in any dish/recipe calling for a tomato-based sauce. Try making the sauce first, to see if you like the taste/flavor, and you can put it in a jar in the fridge to use whenever you like. Some thoughts/ideas - pizza, pasta (lasagna, penne/ziti, ravioli, manicotti, etc), linguine and clams, seafood - maybe jazz up a shrimp cocktail or a chicken cacciatore (sp?).

This is one recipe I would like to try without a jarred sauce.

Penne in Vodka Cream Sauce

1 pkg 500 g Penne Rigate
4 - 5 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup vodka
1 jar (700 mL) Five Cheese Pasta Sauce
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh Flat Leaf/Italian parsley

Cook penne rigate according to package directions. Sauté bacon 2-3 minutes. Add onion and sauté until tender. Add vodka; cook 1 minute or until most of the vodka has reduced. Stir pasta sauce and cream; simmer 4-5 minutes. Toss penne rigate with sauce and serve topped with parsley.

Here is the recipe for Vodka Pie:

Vodka Pie

1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms of choice
3 slices prosciutto, chopped
4 ounces vodka
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce

Melt butter in skillet. Add red onion, mushrooms, & prosciutto. Saute for 2-4 minutes. Add vodka and continue to saute until vodka is reduced. Add tomato sauce & heavy cream. Saute for additional 4-5 minutes. Cool down for about 5 minutes. Ladel over pizza dough and bake.

Use your favorite pizza dough recipe or a prepared pizza shell and adjust cooking time and temperature.
__________________
mish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2006, 11:06 AM   #9
Master Chef
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,272
You really should add the vodka to the tomatoes and not vice versa. In other words, add tomatoes to the pan first.

I posted something from Shirley Corriher on another of Big's threads but the basic food science is that the only purpose for using vodka in these type of sauces is for what the alcohol does to the other ingredients, most specifically tomatoes. Note that vodka is used rather than wine. That's because it has very little taste on its own (as opposed to wine). It's only purpose is to add alcohol which releases flavor componenets in the tomatoes.

If you add the vodka first and simmer some of the alcohol off to temper the harshness, you are working against yourself.

Adding the vodka to the tomatoes and then simmering them together both cooks off some of the alcohol to smooth it out while also allowing it to do its magic on the tomatoes.

Here's my other post

This is from it: ""Remember that some flavors dissolve in water and some in fat. Alcohol dissolves both fat and water and some things that don't dissolve in either fat or water. Patricia Wells, the famous Paris restaurant critic, once asked me why a little vodka makes such a difference in the taste of a tomato sauce. Vodka doesn't have much taste, and the sauce was boiled for 20 minutes after the vodka was added, so a lot of it boiled off. There must be a flavor component in tomatoes that dissolves in alcohol . Once the alcohol has dissolved the flavor and pulled it out into the sauce, it doesn't matter what happens to the alcohol ; it has done its job."
__________________

__________________
jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
None

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.