Sauces really do add that extra compliment to any dish or dessert, but it is those extra special ingredients that make any sauce go from ordinary to extraordinary! Here are some phenomenal sauce recipes that simply must be tried.
Spinach Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
This sauce would be that perfect touch to any pasta dish that needs that extra pop!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 2-3 chopped garlic cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 8 ounces heavy cream
- 8 ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauce pan. Saut? the chopped spinach, garlic, nutmeg, salt and pepper for approximately 2-3 minutes, until the spinach begins to wilt. Add the heavy cream stir until the sauce begins to thicken. Slowly mix in the crumbled gorgonzola cheese.
Do you enjoy eating Asian food? In most cases they use hoisin sauce to further bring out the flavors of beef, poultry and seafood. Add this sauce to spice up your dish.
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter or black bean paste
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- approximately 15 drops Chinese hot sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame seed oil
Mix all the ingredients together. Keep mixing until it becomes paste-like.
Crab Cake Dipping Sauce
Hosting a happy hour? Serve up this delicious crab cake dipping sauce, which pairs perfectly with those scrumptious crab cakes!
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 shallot, minced
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ˝ ounce white wine
- ź teaspoon kosher salt
Heat the oil on medium heat in a small sauce pan. Add shallots and garlic to the oil and cook the shallots for approximately 2-3 minutes. Add wine to the shallots and allow the base to slightly thicken. Add the mustard and salt and allow the mixture to come to a boil for about 30 seconds. Remove the sauce pan from the heat. Stir in the butter to complete the dipping sauce.
Basil Lime Sauce
This appetizing sauce is the ideal compliment to pasta and vegetables as well.
- 2 cups dry white wine
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into bits
In a small saucepan, saut? the garlic and shallot in with the wine, sugar and lime juice over medium to high heat. Bring the sauce to a slight simmer. Simmer until the sauce half of it reduces.
Adapted from: Vegetarian.about.com
Add this raspberry sauce to ice cream, cheesecake or any other dessert to make it extra decadent.
- 1 pint fresh raspberries
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup cold water
Add the raspberries, sugar, and orange juice together in a saucepan. Mix the cornstarch and cold water together, until the mixture is smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the mixture for approximately 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Blend the sauce together and press the mixture through a fine sieve. Keep refrigerated.
Ann Martin is a freelance writer for Dinnerware Center, which offers an extensive line of stunning dinnerware styles and flatware sets, such as the Reed and Barton brand. Dinnerware Center even carries beautiful Reed and Barton flatware sets, which can be enjoyed for many years to come. Ann is a contributing writer for cooking and garden websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys spending time entertaining in her home.
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