Francis' Vodka Cream Sauce

Posted by francis keyser Thursday, March 19, 2009
Taste Level: TF
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 10-15 min.
Cook Time: 1-1 hour 30 min.
Difficulty: 1

I promise you that Francis' Vodka Cream Sauce is one of the best vodka sauces you will ever have!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup premium potato vodka
28 oz can crushed San Marzano tomatoes
14.5 oz crushed fire roasted tomatoes (depending on desired thickness)
1 cup heavy cream
4-5 slices picante prosciutto (diced)
1/4 cup 2 tbsp Parmesan Reggiano (freshly grated)
3/4 cup sweet onion
3 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp Fresh crack pepper medley
Kosher salt (to taste)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sweet European butter

In a small bowl, combine vodka and red pepper flakes and crack pepper. Set aside for 1 hour.

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Saute prosciutto for 5-7 minutes or until beginning to crisp.  Remove from pan, dice and sit to side for now.

Add butter, garlic and onions to the saucepan, sauté for 7-10 minutes.  Turn heat to medium, add crushed tomatoes, fire roasted tomatoes, salt and vodka mixture to the saucepan and cook 30 minutes (or until all alcohol has burned off.)  Fold in cream, basil, parsley, prosciutto bits and Parmesan and simmer for 30 minutes or until it has cooked down to your desired thickness (make sure you do not let the sauce boil.)  Enjoy!

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