A Meaty, Red Recipe For A Totally Bloody Halloween

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What’s a fun Halloween party without some blood?

Boo! It’s the spookiest time of year and no Halloween party is complete without a vat of blood. Our friends at ChefSteps wrote in this week with this recipe for a bloody good sauce that calls for actual pig’s blood. Don’t have a pig on hand? Head to your butcher. Blood’s often used to thicken up sauces and to add flavor and color in dishes like boudin noir and black pudding. Once you’ve got your blood bubbling and toiling, find some suckling pig, steak, game or other meat to dress it with. But please, don’t dump it on anyone. That’s bullying.

Blood Sauce

1 hour; makes enough to pour over 8 servings of meat


  • 500 grams pig’s blood
  • 400 grams red wine
  • 200 grams ruby port
  • 100 grams shallots
  • 30 grams garlic
  • 80 grams butter
  • 4 grams thyme, fresh leaves
  • 800 grams chicken stock
  • 180 grams bing cherries, about 30
  • 4 grams Medieval Sweet Spice


  • Sous vide
  • Ziplock-style bag (1 gallon)
  • Mandoline (optional)
  • Blender
  • Fine-mesh sieve



  1. Preheat sous video to 140°F/60°C
  2. Transfer blood to a Ziplock-style bag. Lower into heated water and cook for 45 minutes.
  3. Make a wine reduction. Combine the wine and port in a pan on the stove. Reduce over medium-high heat until the liquid is thick and coats the back of a spoon — you should wind up with about 50 grams of sauce.
  4. Thinly slice the shallots and garlic. We recommend using a mandoline, but a knife will do just fine.
  5. Melt the butter over medium heat and add the garlic, shallot, and thyme. Sweat them for about five minutes, or until the shallots are translucent.
  6. Add the wine reduction and chicken stock to the shallot mixture. Continue cooking over medium-high heat until the sauce is reduced by half.
  7. Transfer the contents of the pot to a blender, and add the cherries, spices, and blood. Blend the entire mixture on low for three minutes.
  8. Pass the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve for a smooth finish. NOTE: Blending on low should keep the cherry pits intact so that you can sieve them out easily, but you can pit the cherries first if you prefer. Up to you!
  9. Serve immediately.

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