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. 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...
  2. LissaC

    Recipe Grilled chicken fillet with spicy lime sauce

    This recipe was originally made with grilled shrimp, but I made it into a lower cost version :D - 500g of chicken fillet - Juice and zest of 2 limes - 3 or 4 chili peppers, thinly sliced. You can leave or remove the seeds if you want the sauce to be more or less spicy - 1 tablespoon vodka...
  3. Matilda

    Leftover Swedish Meatball Sauce

    Hi all. Haven't been here for a while. Have something strange. I have 2 LARGE cans (56 oz each) of Swedish Meatball Sauce. Had 3 but one went into a crockpot with meatballs. Now we are meatballed out. Would like to come up with something, to use up some of the sauce. A pasta casserole...
  4. Meatless Spaghetti

    Meatless Spaghetti

    Meatless Spaghetti
  5. rascal

    Tomato sauce for the freezer

    We have lots of cherry Tom's here atm. So I decided to make a sauce for a fave dish here. Crumbled chicken with sauce on top and parmigiano on top of that. Just started it now, oregano and basil from the garden. Russ
  6. JAS_OH1

    Recipe Lemon-tarragon cream sauce

    This is a versatile sauce that goes especially well with fish, chicken, and eggs. It was quite simple to prepare and only took me about 20 minutes from start to finish. Ingredients: 2 tbsp butter 1/2 shallot, slivered The juice of 1/2 lemon, plus zest 1/4 cup white wine (I used sauvignon blanc)...
  7. Hemulen

    Recipe Peanut Sauce/Dressing

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  8. A

    When to add cheese and tomato sauce to pizza

    When making pizza with grated mozarella cheese and tomato sauce, is it best to add them before or after I've put the pizza in the oven at 250F for 12 minutes?
  9. flyinglentris

    Recipe Tomato Tomatillo Sauce Vierge

    Tomato Tomatillo Vierge Ingredients: 1) Tomato, Roma - 2 2) Tomatillo - 2 medium sized 3) Garlic - 4 to 6 cloves 4) Olives - 6 to 8 5) Scallion - 1 6) Lemon juice - 2 tblspns. 7) Olive oil, extra virgin - 3 tblspns. 8) Chives - 20 9) Taragon - 1 tspn. 10) Chervil - 1 tspn. 11) Mustard...
  10. Tomato Tomatillo Vierge

    Tomato Tomatillo Vierge

    Tomato Tomatillo Vierge
  11. Windigo

    Recipe Spicy Indonesian meatballs with satay sauce

    As the recipe challenge is still open, I thought I would share my husband's favorite meal with you. He loves my meatballs, and he loves my satay sauce. Maybe you will too! never hurts to try. I had to adapt it a little because I am unsure if all ingredients I have on hand are available...
  12. N

    What kind of canned tomatoes do you trust for sauce?

    In the recent spaghetti sauce thread, the topic of canned tomatoes came up, and I think that's worthy of its own discussion. I think everyone would agree that if you're able to use in-season tomatoes, you should. But tomatoes are only in season for a few months of the year, if you can get them...
  13. flyinglentris

    Recipe Naranja Agria

    Naranja Agria: Ingredients: 1) Orange juice - 1-1/4 cup 2) Grapefruit juice - 1/2 cup 3) Orange oil - 2 to 3 drops 4) Corn Starch - 1 tblspn. 5) Olive oil - 1 tblspn. 6) Garlic, crushed - 1 tspn. 7) Honey - 1/2 tspn. Procedure: 1) Mix all ingredients in a cooking pot. 2) Heat at 175F...
  14. Naranja Agria

    Naranja Agria

    Naranja Agria
  15. flyinglentris

    Making a Great Spaghetti Sauce

    We would all like to believe that our spaghetti sauce is excellent and fantastic tasting. But what is excellent and fantastic tasting? What are the qualities of a truly great spaghetti sauce, in the first place? And how does one achieve those qualities? If you don't know the flavor of a...
  16. Lemon Curd

    Lemon Curd

    Lemon Curd
  17. Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

    Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

    Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  18. Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

    Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

    Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  19. pocofan

    How to thicken a sauce with cream?

    I made crawfish Monica several times. The flavor is delicious. I sauté green onions and minced garlic. Add the crawfish. Add heavy cream. Bring the heat up. Sauce will bubble but does not thicken. Anybody got a solution ? Thanks
  20. Packaged Corn Starch

    Packaged Corn Starch

    Packaged Corn Starch
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