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Old 01-22-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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Can we talk sauces?

I'm always looking to make my meals more interesting and I've experimented with some sauces lately.

things like soy sauce, ginger, water, red pepper, and honey and letting it reduce and adding it to beef.

I'm looking for more things that I can add to my meals to make them moist and more flavorful. A lot of my meals are a meat, brown rice, and veggies.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
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do you own a wok?

i love using mine. can throw anything in there cook it and add some sauce and dump it over rice. mmmmm mmmmm

i have fish, oyster, hoisin, teriaki, soy and usually add those with other ingredients to make sauce. things like ginger or garlic. sounds like you sort of do this already.

go to the international isle of your grocery store and there are tons more sauces. india and thai will give you lots of options. curries from both are good, but there are a ton.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:15 PM   #3
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This is great for chicken, steak or shrimp.

-low sodium soy sauce
-ground, powdered ginger
-sesame seeds
-Sriracha

Add the 4 things together in whatever amounts you want. Add them to a bottle and shake the shite out of that bottle until they are all mixed up. This is good for a marinade, dip, or a sauce that goes over rice/veggies/meat.
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Also, this one is good for fish and vegetables.

-white wine vinegar
-garlic
-salt & pepper
-lemon

Add the WWV and S&P to a bowl and set aside. Peel the garlic and smash it to smithereens. You basically want it to be a smooth paste by the time you are finished with it. I'll mince it with a big knife, and then use the flat side of the knife to repeatedly smush the minced pieces. Once you turn it into paste, add it to the WWV/S&P mix. Now, zest some of the lemon rind into the mix and add juice of half of it in there. Add some EVOO, if you want. This will be good on salads, or as a marinade to veggies and fish, or as just a sauce to put on top of those things.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #5
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do you own a wok?

i love using mine. can throw anything in there cook it and add some sauce and dump it over rice. mmmmm mmmmm

i have fish, oyster, hoisin, teriaki, soy and usually add those with other ingredients to make sauce. things like ginger or garlic. sounds like you sort of do this already.

go to the international isle of your grocery store and there are tons more sauces. india and thai will give you lots of options. curries from both are good, but there are a ton.
I don't. I usually just use my largest pan which works well.

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This is great for chicken, steak or shrimp.

-low sodium soy sauce
-ground, powdered ginger
-sesame seeds
-Sriracha

Add the 4 things together in whatever amounts you want. Add them to a bottle and shake the shite out of that bottle until they are all mixed up. This is good for a marinade, dip, or a sauce that goes over rice/veggies/meat.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:36 PM   #6
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Coconut Curry Sauce I usually put on chicken and rice. I made a thread with the whole recipe awhile back:

2 big tablespoons of curry (I use yellow or yellow+red)
2 bay leaves crushed up
A few dashes of cinnamon, maybe 1-1.5tsp?
1 beef bouillon cube
1 can of coconut milk

---optional----add to taste----
crushed red pepper flakes
ground mustard
cayenne pepper


Mix it all together and simmer for awhile. Like I said, I normally add it to chicken that's been cooking and the juices mix in, so you might want to add 1/4 cup water or chicken broth. Reduce it to the desired thickness.

edit: Your house is going to smell like sh!t for about 12 hours after making this, and be careful at the gym if you eat a lot of it. I had it for dinner 3 nights in a row and I reeked of curry at the gym the next day.
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Coconut Curry Sauce I usually put on chicken and rice. I made a thread with the whole recipe awhile back:

2 big tablespoons of curry (I use yellow or yellow+red)
2 bay leaves crushed up
A few dashes of cinnamon, maybe 1-1.5tsp?
1 beef bouillon cube
1 can of coconut milk

---optional----add to taste----
crushed red pepper flakes
ground mustard
cayenne pepper


Mix it all together and simmer for awhile. Like I said, I normally add it to chicken that's been cooking and the juices mix in, so you might want to add 1/4 cup water or chicken broth. Reduce it to the desired thickness.

edit: Your house is going to smell like sh!t for about 12 hours after making this, and be careful at the gym if you eat a lot of it. I had it for dinner 3 nights in a row and I reeked of curry at the gym the next day.
dammit. It sounds so good. Where do I find the curry? It's in the regular or international spice section right?
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Where I shop it's with all the normal spices. Curry is the one spice I buy where I'm ok with getting the premium version instead of Mccormick or whatever regular brand the store carries because it's such a strong flavor and it's a mix of different spices.

edit: Here's the thread with the full recipe.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ighlight=curry
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Are you looking for marinades or finishing sauces, or both?
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:45 PM   #10
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I'm making an easy ragu right now...to have for the week.
1lb chanterelle mushrooms
1lb ground pork
Onion
Garlic
rosemary
chicken broth

Simmering to reduce after partially browning the pork.
When I reheat to serve over rice or pasta I will add it to a roux to thicken it up.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:45 PM   #12
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Probably one of my favorites:
Siracha
Real mayo
finely diced jalapeno
finely diced green onion
garlic
sesame seed oil
chili oil
s&p

I made paleo asian meatballs with this today and bacon wrapped sweet potato fries and on both it was absolutely perfect.

Also one I just started doing is

honey
yellow mustard
frank's hot sauce

Good on grilled chicken wings (or fried, I'm sure) or as a marinade with some rosemary on chicken thighs overnight then grilled
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Are you looking for marinades or finishing sauces, or both?
Finishing mostly
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Stupid question but is a white/red wine vinegar just a reduction of a white/red wine? If so how many parts normally?
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Stupid question but is a white/red wine vinegar just a reduction of a white/red wine? If so how many parts normally?
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:06 AM   #16
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I made a chimchurri sauce/relish this weekend to serve with some nice NY strips. It was awesome, and is even better after a few days.

Here's how I made it (based on ingredients I had on hand):

4 tb olive oil
4 tb red wine vinegar
4 tb beef stock
1 cup parsley - chopped super fine
5 big cloves garlic - chopped super fine
1/2 large red onion - chopped super fine
a hefty dose of red chili flakes
salt to taste

You just mix it all up. No cooking. I put it in a mason jar in the fridge and we just use it as we need it. It was really good . . halfway between a pesto and a pico de gallo. Last night we were too tired to cook anything, so we just grilled up some hamburger patties to have with a garden salad . . the chimchurri on simple hamburger patties was pretty damn awesome.

I think authentic versions use scallion instead of onion and has a bunch of fresh oregano, too . . but I didn't have that on hand.
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I used to get some chicken breasts and while I was pan frying I'd reduce soy sauce, some sugar, ginger and a little garlic and glaze it over the chicken.
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When I made that Chimchurri above, I did buy new beef stock and wound up buying a little jar of concentrated beef stock paste/bullion paste/demi whatever. This stuff:

It was $6 bucks, but it makes 32 cups of beef broth. First ingredient is "roasted beef", which is awesome because most of the competing brands start with salt or msg/hydrolized soy protein.

I've used it a couple of times in the last month to make a simple dipping sauce for steak:

1.5 teaspoons beef concentrate
2 cloves of mashed garlic
6 ounces of water

Just simmer that for a few minutes or heat it in the microwave. Makes a truly awesome jus dipping sauce.

Last night I was pan cooking some sirloins and decided to make a brown sauce:

2 teaspoons beef concentrate
1.5 cup water
2 teaspoons flour
tons of cracked pepper
hot steak pan, all crusty and a bit greasy from cooking the steaks

I heated the concentrate and 1 cup of water in the microwave to get it nice and hot and mixed well.
I then poured about 4 ounces of stock into the hot steak pan to deglaze and quickly added the flour. I quickly whisked it all together until a thick roux formed and let that cook for about 30 seconds. I then added the rest of the stock and whisked over med high heat, getting it to proper gravy consistency. I then added the pepper and served over the steaks. Kinda tasted like the salsbury steak sauce in tv dinners, but much better.

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When I made that Chimchurri above, I did buy new beef stock and wound up buying a little jar of concentrated beef stock paste/bullion paste/demi whatever. This stuff:

It was $6 bucks, but it makes 32 cups of beef broth. First ingredient is "roasted beef", which is awesome because most of the competing brands start with salt or msg/hydrolized soy protein.

I've used it a couple of times in the last month to make a simple dipping sauce for steak:

1.5 teaspoons beef concentrate
2 cloves of mashed garlic
6 ounces of water

Just simmer that for a few minutes or heat it in the microwave. Makes a truly awesome jus dipping sauce.

Last night I was pan cooking some sirloins and decided to make a brown sauce:

2 teaspoons beef concentrate
1.5 cup water
2 teaspoons flour
tons of cracked pepper
hot steak pan, all crusty and a bit greasy from cooking the steaks

I heated the concentrate and 1 cup of water in the microwave to get it nice and hot and mixed well.
I then poured about 4 ounces of stock into the hot steak pan to deglaze and quickly added the flour. I quickly whisked it all together until a thick roux formed and let that cook for about 30 seconds. I then added the rest of the stock and whisked over med high heat, getting it to proper gravy consistency. I then added the pepper and served over the steaks. Kinda tasted like the salsbury steak sauce in tv dinners, but much better.
This stuff makes great seasoning on roasts and such. Just rub it all over and bake. It adds a nice flavor and makes things A LOT simpler for quick and easy home cooking.
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When I made that Chimchurri above, I did buy new beef stock and wound up buying a little jar of concentrated beef stock paste/bullion paste/demi whatever. This stuff:

It was $6 bucks, but it makes 32 cups of beef broth. First ingredient is "roasted beef", which is awesome because most of the competing brands start with salt or msg/hydrolized soy protein.

I've used it a couple of times in the last month to make a simple dipping sauce for steak:

1.5 teaspoons beef concentrate
2 cloves of mashed garlic
6 ounces of water

Just simmer that for a few minutes or heat it in the microwave. Makes a truly awesome jus dipping sauce.

Last night I was pan cooking some sirloins and decided to make a brown sauce:

2 teaspoons beef concentrate
1.5 cup water
2 teaspoons flour
tons of cracked pepper
hot steak pan, all crusty and a bit greasy from cooking the steaks

I heated the concentrate and 1 cup of water in the microwave to get it nice and hot and mixed well.
I then poured about 4 ounces of stock into the hot steak pan to deglaze and quickly added the flour. I quickly whisked it all together until a thick roux formed and let that cook for about 30 seconds. I then added the rest of the stock and whisked over med high heat, getting it to proper gravy consistency. I then added the pepper and served over the steaks. Kinda tasted like the salsbury steak sauce in tv dinners, but much better.
I must find this...or a equivalent.
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