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. Morning Glory

    Recipe Microwave Hollandaise Sauce

    I’m not entirely happy with presenting this as a formal recipe. It took several attempts to get it right. As you might imagine its very time critical. A few seconds too long and the egg with scramble. Because microwaves, egg sizes etc. differ, I’ve written this as a guide rather than a precise...
  2. Hungry Man

    Recipe & Video Pan Seared Scallops with Creamy Shallot Sauce

    Seared scallops with creamy shallot sauce: View: Ingredients: 5-6 scallops 1/2 cup heavy cream ½ cup white wine 2 shallots (finely sliced) 2 tsp tarragon (finely chopped) - substitute: parsley 100 g butter (unsalted, cold), + 1 tbsp for the scallops ½ tsp...
  3. JAS_OH1

    Recipe Salmon Croquette Benedict with Turmeric Cream Sauce

    Instead of the traditional eggs benedict with Canadian bacon (or ham) and Hollandaise, I decided to give it a little twist and kick it up a notch! I used salmon croquettes seasoned with turmeric and a turmeric and tarragon cream sauce to go over the eggs. I am happy to say that all this use of...
  4. JAS_OH1

    Recipe Turmeric and Tarragon Cream Sauce

    Turmeric and Tarragon Cream Sauce This sauce is excellent on vegetables, eggs benedict, and many other dishes. Use in place of wherever you might use a Hollandaise or Bearnaise sauce. Prep and cooking time: 15-20 minutes Serves 2-4 people Ingredients: 1 tbsp butter 2 tbsp minced onion or...
  5. epicuric

    Mint sauce

    rascal, you and I share a love of lamb, but I reckon you eat more mint sauce than the rest of us put together. Could you possibly share your recipe please? My wife was making some earlier, trying to emulate a recipe from childhood memories, chopped mint scalded with boiling water, malt vinegar...
  6. rascal

    Hot chilly sauce home made

    We got cheap capsicums ATM so I made chilly sauce. About 300 frozen chillies seed in added along with other suspects. Lots of red chillies so It's a bit lighter this time. Russ
  7. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Stuffed Squid with Onion, Mushroom, Spinach - Topped with Tomato Sauce

    There’s definitely a surplus of sauce in this upcoming recipe. Not a bad thing, but just take note. I’ve reserved mine, but you can use it at the same meal by serving it over whatever you prefer to consume as noodles — gluten-free, Paleo, or regular... Are we Stuffed?? — Fill, but don’t...
  8. Hungry Man

    Recipe & Video Beef Shawarma with easy tahini sauce

    Beef Shawarma Recipe View: Ingredients 500g beef (round steak or similar fatty beef steak) 3 tbsp yogurt 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup vinegar 1 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp cinnamon powder 1 tsp paprika powder 1 tsp salt...
  9. The Velvet Curtain

    Recipes with XO sauce

    I have just invested (£11 for a small jar) in some quality XO sauce, has anybody got a favourite recipe to use it in?
  10. Hungry Man

    Recipe & Video Roasted Mango Jalapeno Green Sauce

    Mango Jalapeno Sauce View: Ingredients 1.5 cup chopped jalapenos (8 - 10 jalapenos) 1 cup diced mango (1 medium size mango) 2 tbsp lime juice (juice of 1 lime) 1 grilled onion 5 cloves of garlic 1 tbsp olive oil 1 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp...
  11. rascal

    Mint sauce easy as.

    So simple , we have s lot of mint ATM, we use a lot. Boil 1 litre of water with 1 litre of malt vinegar, add 1 cup of sugar and chopped mint. I clean 7x 350 ml bottles then heat in oven to dry. Pour sauce in. The house smells amazing ATM. Russ
  12. Burt Blank

    Recipe Wild Mushrooms in a mustard and cream sauce inside a puff pastry pillow.

    Slice mushrooms and fry in butter, add flour and cook through gently. Pour in enough single cream to make it gloopy. Add mustard and season to taste. Bake the puff pillows. Split and stuff. These pics were taken in the house in Dade Florida. I bought the mush from Wholefoods.
  13. Yorky

    Brown sauce

    I have always been a lover of brown sauce on certain foods. My favourite is "Hammond's Chop Sauce" which unfortunately is difficult to obtain (I need to import it from UK). I dislike HP sauce (I find it too sweet) so I am currently searching for a suitable alternative. Our local "up market"...
  14. Morning Glory

    Recipe Roasted Cauliflower with Romesco Sauce

    Spanish Romesco sauce is traditionally made with dried ñora chilli peppers. I substituted dried aji amarillo and habanero chillies but any dried smoky flavoured chillies could be used. In Spain romesco sauce is often served as a dipping sauce with grilled vegetables. It’s especially popular...
  15. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Eggplant / Aubergine Steaks with Farro and a Pomegranate Molasses Tahini Sauce

    I chose to serve this with farro - you could certainly use quinoa, rice, or whatever other grain or pseudo-grain fits your fancy. Just start with half a cup of whatever it is, and follow the instructions on the package for making it appropriately. Pasta would also work (although your timing...
  16. Burt Blank

    Recipe Istrian Fuži with Black Truffle Cream Sauce

    This is a classic dish from the Croatian region of Istria. Inspired by Marco Polo Some biographers claim that Marco Polo was born in the town of Korcula on the island Korcula, which was then part of the Venetian Republic. Source: Istrian Fuži with Black Truffle Cream Sauce Ingredients For...
  17. ElizabethB

    Recipe Tartar Sauce

    Tartar Sauce Super easy. You will never buy prepared Tartar Sauce again. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup real Mayonnaise - a good quality jarred Mayo or make your own 3 TBSP minced dill pickle Zest of one lemon Juice of 1 lemon (2 -3 TBSP) 1 TBSP capers, drained and chopped 1 TBSP chopped fresh dill or...
  18. Sticky Fingers

    Pasta Sauce

    My wife has challenged me to make a tomato pasta sauce (something I have never tried) so I need a recipe, yes I could go and buy a jar and hide the empty but that's not cricket is it. So I need you all to give me idea's for a sauce with a difference (no tinned Tomato's because I have so many...
  19. Hungry Man

    Recipe & Video Fried Calamari and Turkish style Tarator sauce

    Fried calamari is one of the most popular summer dishes in Turkey and I've tried fried calamari in many countries and I think the ones in Turkey were the best. (to my taste :) Here is how I do it and together with a quick recipe for Turkish Tarator sauce (contains walnuts, garlic, yoghurt and...
  20. R

    Stuffed Ravioli or spaghetti sauce

    Difficult question this so be gentle with me please ... I'm building myself up to make Ravioli, salmon and prawn, so I have to make the pasta, cut it into little squares, carefully fill them and seal edges, drop into heated water (when some of them split open) ie lots of 'stages' and messing...
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