Basic Sauce Recipes

Looking for a few easy and reliable sauce recipes?

Or, are you just looking to learn how to create that perfect sauce, but need to know the basics. Well, you've come to the right place.

Whether you're having a dinner party and looking to impress the guests, or just looking to jazz up that same 'ole, same 'ole grilled top sirloin, there is no occasion too informal to treat oneself to a simply delicious sauce.

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Now, I've included the word "basic" into the headline of this page, not to discount their importance (if so, I wouldn't have included them into my fine dining secrets page ), but more so to indicate that they have so much potential and are relatively easy to create.

"The sauce to meat is ceremony; Meeting were bare without it” - William Shakespeare

To begin, in the classic french repertoire of sauces there are what is called the "Mother Sauces". This term is derived from the fact that from each of these recipes, one can create variations, or offspring. Now, where typical humans have only one mother, those married, two, there are actually five mother sauces, and they are:

  • Béchamel

  • Velouté

  • Hollandaise

  • Espagnole

  • Tomato

Now, I don't want you to think that the french have a monopoly on the sauce market! :D

Here's another list of some very tasty and easy to execute sauce recipes:

  • Peppercorn Burgundy Sauce

  • Mushroom Bourbon Creme Sauce (great with steak!)

  • Whole Grain Mustard Creme with Shallots

  • Homemade Kansas City BBQ

  • Mexican Salsa Verde (aka Green Sauce!)

  • Italian Salsa Verde

  • Alfredo

  • Basil Pine Nut Pesto

  • Marinara Sauce (the real marinara)

  • Sweet Garlic Aioli

  • Cocktail Sauce

  • Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • Vietnamese Nước chấm Dipping Sauce (possibly my favorite!)

  • Thai Peanut Sauce

  • Chinese Szechuan

  • Traditional Sweet and Sour

  • Teriyaki Sauce

Okay, I think that should keep you busy for a little while. Check back soon, or even submit your own ideas and suggestions here.

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