In cooking, a sauce is a liquid, cream, or semi-solid food, served on or used in preparing other foods. Most sauces are not normally consumed by themselves; they add flavor, moisture, and visual appeal to a dish. Sauce is a French word taken from the Latin salsa, meaning salted. Possibly the oldest recorded European sauce is garum, the fish sauce used by the Ancient Greeks; while doubanjiang, the Chinese soy bean paste is mentioned in Rites of Zhou in the 3rd century BC.
Sauces need a liquid component. Sauces are an essential element in cuisines all over the world.
Sauces may be used for sweet or savory dishes. They may be prepared and served cold, like mayonnaise, prepared cold but served lukewarm like pesto, cooked and served warm like bechamel or cooked and served cold like apple sauce. They may be freshly prepared by the cook, especially in restaurants, but today many sauces are sold premade and packaged like Worcestershire sauce, HP Sauce, soy sauce or ketchup. Sauces for salad are called salad dressing. Sauces made by deglazing a pan are called pan sauces.
A chef who specializes in making sauces is called a saucier.

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  1. Windigo

    Recipe Beef & mushroom stirfry with stroganoff sauce

    This is not a classic Stroganoff but has those familar flavors and is easy to make. Serves two. Ingredients: 200 g flat Iron steak, halved then cut into strips 200 g mushrooms, sliced 100 g sliced Bell peppers 1 medium onion , chopped and diced 2 fat garlic cloves, grated 200 ml full fat...
  2. AgileMJOLNIR

    Recipe Ricotta and Vanilla Cream w/ Chocolate Sauce and Orange Zest

    This is a nice refreshing and not too sweet Italian inspired dessert. The Orange zest really lends itself nicely here and gives it a nice aftertaste. Ingredients 16oz/450g whole-milk Ricotta cheese 1cup/250ml heavy cream 1 Vanilla bean split lengthwise 5oz/150g dark chocolate (70% cacao)...
  3. Shadow

    Hot Red Sauce

    On my first and only visit to Louisiana, many years ago (30+?), I was initially surprised and then constantly amused that a bottle of Tabasco was always on the table, or counter in a diner, almost as a replacement for salt and pepper which is what my world was accustomed to. Of course I...
  4. B

    IMHO. the undisputed king of sauces. XO sauce!!

    you hear pro-chefs speak poetically of umami... yea. we all know now. I thought I knew it all. but this weekend I was at an Asian Grocery store. I needed XO sauce. I picked up some small oily jars...$6.99. they looked bleak. there were $27 dollar jars but they were hidden in cardboard...
  5. Morning Glory

    Recipe Mussels in garlic butter sauce with prosciutto and piquillo peppers

    Piquillo peppers* are a vibrant red and have a mild fruity taste which is a lovely combination with the slightly salty prosciutto and sweet mussels. The tarragon adds an aniseed flavour to this dish, but you could use basil instead if you prefer. I used prosciutto cotto but crudo would be fine...
  6. karadekoolaid

    Recipe Volcanic Hot Sauce

    Ingredients: 900 gms mixed chile peppers 675 gms onion 16 cloves garlic 900 mls vinegar 120 mls oil 15 gms ground black pepper 15 gms paprika powder 30 gms salt Method: Wash the chiles and remove the stalks. Cut into pieces. Cut the onion into chunks, and the cloves of garlic into 2-3...
  7. AgileMJOLNIR

    Recipe Brisket Braised in pepper sauce

    Brisket braised in homemade hot pepper sauce with onion, garlic and charred whole peppers. Served alongside Curried Carrot mash with Brown butter sauce, toasted Fennel, Nigella seeds and crispy Ginger. Topped with pickled peppers. The curried mash will be the only one in metric, you’ll need to...
  8. TastyReuben

    Recipe Pub-Style Burger Sauce

    Pub-Style Burger Sauce Makes about 1 cup, enough to top 4 burgers Ingredients 3/4 cup mayonnaise 2 TB soy sauce 1 TB dark brown sugar 1 TB Worcestershire sauce 1 TB minced chives 1 medium garlic clove, minced or crushed (about 1 tsp) 3/4 tsp ground black pepper Directions Whisk all ingredients...
  9. TastyReuben

    Recipe Classic Burger Sauce

    Classic Burger Sauce Makes about 1/4 cup Ingredients 2 TB mayonnaise 1 TB ketchup 1/2 tsp sweet pickle relish 1/2 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp white vinegar 1/4 tsp ground black pepper Directions Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Recipe courtesy of America's Test Kitchen
  10. The Velvet Curtain

    Your Favourite Burger Sauce

    Following my post about actually liking the sauce they put on Big Macs and caseydog's reply, do you have a favourite recipe for a sauce or relish to go on your burger/hotdog/bean burger/chicken fillet in a bun?
  11. medtran49

    Recipe Green Goddess sauce or dressing

    I used this as a sauce for a Greek mezze meal. It went great with the potato pancakes. Makes about 1-1/4 cups. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt 1/2 cup sour cream 2 cups mixed soft leafy herbs, flat leaf parsley, dill, basil and/or cilantro, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp chopped...
  12. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe My Vegan Cheese Sauce

    This recipe takes longer to get everything out or even read, than it actually does to make, if you are not needing to soak your cashew nuts. If you use blanched almonds you will very definitely need to soak your nuts. It is also good with macadamia nuts as well. I've adapted this from Julie...
  13. murphyscreek

    Recipe & Video Crispy Skin Duck with a Berries And Chocolate Sauce

    Recipe Ingredients 2 duck breasts 1 tsp butter 4 dry juniper berries cracked with spoon 1/2 cup raspberry jam 120gms fresh whole blackberries 1 finely chopped shallot 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup chicken stock 15 gms (1 large square) dark 90% chocolate grated Salt and pepper Method...
  14. Puggles

    Recipe Mushroom cream sauce with caramelized onions and a hint of lemon

    Ingredients Fresh pasta 50/50 bread flour and whole wheat 2 big portobello mushrooms caramelized onions, a few tablespoons (optional, I had some leftover). as much garlic as you like (I did 2 fresh pressed cloves and about a tablespoon of roasted garlic I had on hand) 4 tablespoons butter...
  15. B

    Eggs are like sauce!

    I love chopping up leftovers for a hash. no rules hash. the egg yolk is the perfect soft, hot, rich sauce for a hash. mmm..
  16. Frizz1974

    Recipe Pork meatballs & sweet n sour sauce

    Meatballs 500gm pork mince 3cm ginger - minced 3 garlic cloves - minced 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp msg (optional) 1/2 tsp ground white pepper 2 tsp sesame oil Stir Fry 1 Tbls neutral oil 1 onion 1 stick celery 1 capsicum (any colour) 1 carrot *any extra greens - beans, zucchini, broccoli 1...
  17. Pizza Sauce

    Pizza Sauce

    Pizza Sauce
  18. Garden Tri-color Rotini with Four Cheese Sauce

    Garden Tri-color Rotini with Four Cheese Sauce

    Garden Tri-color Rotini with Four Cheese Sauce
  19. TastyReuben

    Recipe Lime-Yogurt Sauce

    Lime-Yogurt Sauce Makes 1-1/2 cups Ingredients 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt 3 TB tahini 3 TB lime juice 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper Directions In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt, tahini, lime juice, salt and cayenne until smooth. Goes well with beef/lamb dishes, chicken, or as...
  20. flyinglentris

    Zabaione / Zabaglione / Sabayon (Sauce)

    Zabaione (Zabaglione) is most often a dessert made from whipped egg yolks, sugar and a sweet wine, Marsala or Madiera. Other sweet liiqueurs like cognac might also be used. I say most often, because zabaione can be a sauce. I might try using zabaione as a substitute for Hollandaise sauce on...
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