Sauce Recipes

 

“It is the sauce that distinguishes a good chef. The Saucier is a soloist in the orchestra of a great kitchen.” – Fernand Point

So true! You can saute a chicken breast to perfection and make a great meal, but if you know how to make simple pan sauces, you can prepare a hundred different meals. Furthermore, you are going to find every cuisine has it’s own style of sauces, some similar, some completely different.

For example, Italian sauces for pasta like a Genovese sauce are much different from classic French sauces like a demi glace sauce. A simple soy ginger sauce for Chinese dumplings looks and tastes different from an Indian curry sauce. Even barbecue sauces can be different depending on where you live.

So here are some of my favorite sauces from various cuisines that you can enjoy with your favorite meals.

Pistou Recipe

July 23, 2012 0 Comments
Pistou Recipe

Pistou Sauce with a French Twist This is the French version of Italy’s pesto that is traditionally served with the the southern French classic Soupe au Pistou but makes a great sauce/condiment for pasta, fish, chicken, vegetable, and soup dishes. PrintPistou Recipe Prep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 10 minutes Yield: about 1 cup Ingredients2 tomatoes […]

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Pesto Sauce Recipe

July 22, 2012 9 Comments
Pesto Sauce Recipe

Have you ever noticed that every summer there is a new “hot” food or ingredient that is hyped by all the cooking magazines? I’m going to date myself here but I remember one year it was sun dried tomatoes, another year it was polenta, and yet another year it was anything Asian, then Mediterranean, then […]

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Turkey Gravy Recipe

July 22, 2012 0 Comments
Turkey Gravy Recipe

Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving or Anytime What better way to show off your Thanksgiving turkey, than with a rich and flavorful turkey gravy? I love gravy, but it isn’t part of our everyday meals at home. I am more likely to make a quick pan sauce or a reduction than I am to make a […]

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Fresh Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe

July 22, 2012 6 Comments
Fresh Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry Sauce with Orange I found this recipe in my wife’s 1978 cookbook called The Vegetarian Epicure Book Two. The cookbook is held together with some tape and lots of hope. This is a great recipe for cranberry sauce for turkey or chicken. We prepare this every year for Thanksgiving but with all thats going […]

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Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

July 22, 2012 1 Comment
Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

How to Make Restaurant Quality Hollandaise Sauce Hollandaise is one of the “mother” sauces of French cuisine. Master this sauce, and you can make any number of variations, including the Béarnaise sauce included in this book. Hollandaise is an emulsified sauce, which means it is a force combining of elements that don’t normally like to […]

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Veloute Sauce Recipe

July 22, 2012 12 Comments
Veloute Sauce Recipe

How to make a classic Velouté white sauce at home Don’t get nervous about the names of some of these classic sauces like velouté (veh-loo-TAY). It’s a fancy French name for a white sauce that is stock based and thickened with a white roux. The stock used is usually chicken, veal, or fish. Velouté is […]

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Red Wine Pan Sauce with Mustard and Thyme

July 22, 2012 5 Comments
Red Wine Pan Sauce with Mustard and Thyme

Mustard and Thyme Red Wine Pan Sauce This sauce is easy to make and don’t take that much time and the quick recipe cuts down the time even more. In a restaurant, they would have on hand demi-glace or a reduced brown sauce to make these sauces but most of us don’t have the time […]

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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms au Poivre

July 22, 2012 0 Comments
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms au Poivre

If you want a great recipe to serve your vegetarian friends, look no further. Creating a meal for some vegetarian friends allowed me the opportunity to try Veggie-Glace Gold (meatless Demi-Glace). I have written about some of their other products in the past and was excited about trying to create a tasty au poivre sauce […]

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Chicken Marsala Recipe

July 21, 2012 10 Comments
Chicken Marsala Recipe

A Classic Chicken Marsala Recipe Chicken Marsala is one of my all time favorite recipes. There is something about the sweetness of the Marsala wine that gives this dish a wonderful flavor. The cooking technique for making chicken Marsala is similar to chicken piccata, pan fry the chicken breasts, deglaze the pan with wine and […]

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Restaurant Quality Sauces at Home

June 18, 2012 5 Comments
Restaurant Quality Sauces at Home

How to Classic French Sauces at Home How many of you while dining out have been served an incredible sauce, only to wish you could duplicate it at home? I often want to ask the chef (and sometimes do) what’s in his sauce and how did he make it. This section of The Reluctant Gourmet […]

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