2nd recipe for Mogen David week was Xavier’s Samba Sauce.  Surprise, surprise, this was good too!  I used button chestnut mushrooms and the sauce looked cute, and tasted lovely.  I think the Worcestershire sauce was the key ingredient in smoothing out the Mogen David.  I used sweet paprika, but I’m guessing Xavier would have used hot paprika.
 
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Xavier is best know as a bandleader, he popularised the rhumba in America, and I do love a fruity rhumba don’t you?!  He also has 32 credits as an actor on the IMDB and I plan to track down a copy of Luxury Liner for a start.  I love films that are set on board ocean liners…  Oh the GLAMOUR.
 
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Here’s Xavier’s recipe. 
 
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I would say there is enough sauce here for two dishes.  I used the half on a nice juicy sirloin.
 
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And the rest beside my massive slice of Theodore Bikel’s Glorified Meatloaf, it was the perfect accompaniment.
 
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I think Xavier’s Samba Sauce would be lovely with any red wine, but of course, it is MOGEN DAVID WEEK!
 
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Mogen David Week is dedicated to the lovely Caroline Frick who kindly brought two bottles of this legendary beverage from Texas to London just so I could make these 3 movie star recipes.
 
Xavier Cugat’s Samba Sauce
 

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