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.

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

Hollandaise Sauce Recipe with a Video Demonstration Hollandaise Sauce is very easy to make at home and will be much better than any of the powder forms you can find in those little envelopes at the supermarket. Here’s a great article by contributing food writer, Chef Genevieve McGough. Video Demonstration For a very cool and […]

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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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Remoulade Recipes

June 9, 2012 0 Comments
Remoulade Recipes

Two Types of Remoulade Although remoulade was invented in France, I always think of it as Danish because when I was a kid, my Danish mom always had a tube of it from Denmark for making smørrebrød – a delicious open-faced sandwich made with a variety of ingredients.  It is also used for fish meatballs […]

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Tomatillo Sauce (Salsa) Recipe

May 9, 2012 9 Comments
Tomatillo Sauce (Salsa) Recipe

Tomatillo Salsa When I think of salsa, I think of fresh tomato salsa with chunks of red tomato and bell peppers. Salsa is Spanish for “sauce” so there are many different types of salsa to enjoy. Recently I showed you how I prepared a Chipotle salsa and now I want to teach you how to […]

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Chipotle Sauce Recipe

April 24, 2012 34 Comments
Chipotle Sauce Recipe

What the Heck Is A Chipotle? I just recently learned this but a chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeño pepper. It comes from the word chilpoctli which means smoked chili pepper. A very popular pepper in Mexico, jalapeños that have been left on their plants at the end of the growing season turn bright red and […]

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