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{Salsa de ciruelas} Holiday prune sauce for turkey & pork

Prune sauce recipe

Salsa de ciruelas pasas or prune sauce is a must have for Christmas Eve dinner and other holidays in many Latin American countries. This sweet sauce pairs great with turkey, but also with pork, chicken and duck, making it a very versatile sauce. The prunes are soaked overnight in red wine and port and then cooked into a sauce with shallots and balsamic vinegar.

There are many version of this sauce; some also add mustard, tomato sauce, and other dried fruits, as well as spices. I like to keep my prune sauce recipe very simple, the shallots and port helps bring out the sweetness of the prunes, while the balsamic vinegar provides a tart contrast. I tried making this sauce only using port and found that it was too sweet, so also adding dry red wine creates a nice balance. 
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Salsa de ciruelas pasas or prune sauce

Holiday prune sauce {Salsa de ciruelas}

Salsa de ciruelas or prune sauce made with prunes, red wine, port, shallots, and balsamic vinegar. This sauce goes great with turkey, pork, chicken, duck and other meats.
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Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: Ecuadorian, Latin, Latin fusion, South American
Keyword: Holiday sauces, Pruce sauce, Sauce for pork, Turkey sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 cups


  • 1 lb prunes pitted
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 ½ cups port
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 3-4 shallots finely chopped
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • A pinch of salt


  • Cover the prunes with red wine and port, let soak overnight.
  • Heat the butter in a pan and add the chopped shallots, cook until the shallots are softs, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the soaked prunes and their liquid, the balsamic vinegar and pinch of salt.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low, cook for 25-30 minutes. Stir occasionally, but gently so that the prunes keep their shape. Remove from heat and serve warm.

If you need a replacement for the wine and port, you can use a rich beef broth, but will also need to add some sugar and maybe a little bit more of the balsamic vinegar. This sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until the meal is ready. Re-heat before serving.

Prune sauce

Step by step preparation photos for salsa de ciruelas or Latin syle prune sauce

1- Soak the prunes in red wine and port overnight 2- Cook the shallots in butter

3- Add the soaked prunes, the soaking liquid, balsamic vinegar and a dash of salt 4- Cook for about 30 minutes

5- Salsa de ciruelas pasas or prune sauce 6- Christmas prune sauce with turkey

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