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  • on January 11, 2014


    Great sauce! Thanks for the tip for substituting meaty beef bones because the only time I have those handy is after we've made prime rib, which is about once a year. Just a couple of gripes, though. I made this sauce along with the Italian Braised Beef several months after watching the actual episode on TV, so I followed the recipe for the sauce exactly as it was written. But when I happened to catch the episode again, I realized that the online recipe left out a parmesan cheese rind, as well as skipped a few key steps such as browning the beef bones first, and later using the wine to deglaze the pot. I kind of thought I should've done those things, but since it was the first time making the sauce I wanted to follow the recipe exactly.

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  • on August 26, 2013


    This is an awesome sauce! I'll use it for Michael's Italian Braised Beef w/ Root Vegs (Symon's Suppers > Mom's Recipes. Here's the only things I did different:
    -I added more garlic because we are garlic freaks.
    -I also added 1c. of beef broth to make more sauce & add more beef flavor when concentrated. It turned out awesome!
    1- Used diced tomatoes, not whole. That's what he used on the show. HUGE time saver!
    2- Taste half-way through to make sure it's seasoned right. I had to add more salt.
    I can see using a cup or so to enhance many dishes. I'll be freezing in 1c. portions in zippy bags.
    **One thing I'll do different (there will be many next times: I used beef neck bones. Some split while cooking and there are sm pieces in the sauce. Next time I'll make a bag with cheese cloth to put them in. I do this for stocks as well putting all veggies and meat in. Very easy cleanup!

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  • on February 15, 2013


    OMG!! The best!! I used oxtails instead of the bones, and I've had rave reviews.....everyone thinks there's meat in this sauce, but........not - just the flavor of the oxtails!! This is a really great recipe!!

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  • on January 12, 2013


    This Sauce is so good you will want to take a bath in it! Made it with the braised beef and root vegtables for New Years Day dinner. I had 8 people and everyone had 2 servings and loved it. I added extra carrot and celery. Fabulous! Also made the Baklava for desert, not enough stars in the heaven to rate this whole meal. Thanks Michael!

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  • on December 01, 2012


    I never write reviews but since this took so long to make I thought I would. I followed the recipe exactly even to the point of crushing the whole tomatoes by hand. I now know why on the show he used diced tomatoes. The mess of crushing them by hand is too much. It went everywhere! Great flavor but not incredible. I used this to make his other recipe Italian Braised Beef with Root Vegetables which had no taste. Anyhow back to Yia Yia's Sunday Sauce...worth the while if the flaws are worked out. The tomatoes when crushed by hand remain pretty chunky and though I thought 3 hours would cook them down it didn't. Way too chunky for me. I don't enjoy biting on a canned tomato, I don't know about you. Also this dish is very very sour. I like a slight tang but this was overpowering.
    I gave it 3 stars which is pretty generous considering the labor and time this took.

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