1 tablespoon red wine
5 tablespoons good-quality red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons black pepper finely ground but not turned into dust
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons shallots
Combine all the ingredients and let sit for at least a few hours. This is a good chance to use a very high-quality red wine vinegar, as it really makes a difference.
- from Chef Ryan Prewitt of Pêche Seafood Grill in New Orleans, LA