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Sensational Sloppy Joes Sauce

Are you looking for a quick and easy dinner that you can whip up really fast for the kids? Try my amazing sloppy joes recipe today because you and your family will love it! Discover how to make this easy sloppy joes dinner and you will never be stuck for meal ideas again because you can rustle this up with easy anytime you are in the mood for some wholesome comfort food to put a smile on everyone’s face.

This recipe is based on ground beef, which is an ingredient well worth stocking up on if you see some discounted at the grocery store. You can freeze it until needed then just thaw it overnight the day before using it to make a tasty dish. Ground beef is an ingredient many home cooks are never without. The beef is browned in a pan, then you will be adding tomato soup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and a little vinegar to taste. This mixture is sauce-like with plenty of liquid, and after thickening it a little and letting the flavors blend, it is time to ladle this delicious sauce over hamburger buns.

Sloppy joes are especially popular with the youngest members of the family and your kids’ eyes will light up if you put a serving of this in front of them at dinner time, but this is also a dish the grownups love, making it a winner in everyone’s eyes. If you wish to make any tweaks to the recipe, then go ahead. You might wish to add some onions to the recipe, or a little garlic. Serve this sloppy joes sauce over your hamburger buns, perhaps adding some corn on the cob to the plate or even some asparagus or broccoli for additional nutrients. A small salad served on the side would also work here. Continue reading

Crockpot Tomato Ketchup

Making ketchup can be a time-consuming, labor-intensive process, but swap your pot on the stove for a slow cooker and you will find it very simple indeed. We all know ketchup comes in a bottle and can be found in every grocery store, but if you are not so keen in the sugar, chemicals and preservatives in the bottled kind, consider making your own ketchup and you will be able to enjoy a richer, fresher flavor.

The ingredients for making this are easy to find. Gather canned, pureed tomatoes, vinegar, and various spices and seasonings, and get ready to make this lovely recipe. Since you will be cooking it in the crockpot with the lid off, this is a recipe to make during the day, and not overnight, because you need to give it a quick stir every hour or so to ensure all the ingredients are mixed together properly and nothing is sticking to the bottom of the crockpot.

You might still be wondering why bother making your own ketchup when you can buy a bottle of it, but make it, sample the result, and the flavor will really impress you. You can make a large quantity too, and just keep it refrigerated or can it if you prefer. Everyone uses ketchup, so this would also make a very economical and unusual gift, especially if you decorate the jar attractively. Ketchup is so versatile and can be served with all kinds of dishes, although it is probably most closely associated with comfort food like burgers, hot dogs and fried fish. Kids love ketchup and so do the grownups if you are serving a nice brand or enticing homemade version. The flavor is incredible fresh and tasty, and you will find all kids of dishes to serve the homemade ketchup with. Continue reading

Best Smoky Barbeque Sauce

A nice, smoky barbeque sauce has so many uses. You can serve it with grilled chicken, steak or pork, or use it as a glaze on ribs. It is delicious with burgers, and can also be used to baste meat on the barbeque. There are a few tweaks you can make because this is your sauce and the resulting flavor is going to depend on the ingredients you use, so perhaps you would like to swap the water for red wine to add a different flavor, or swap the smoked paprika for mild paprika. Another option is to use chili sauce instead of the ketchup, for a spicier barbeque sauce, or swap half the ketchup for chili sauce.

Make Ahead or Make Extra

This sauce can be made ahead. If you wish to do that, let it cool and then refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. The recipe makes 1¼ cups of sauce so if you plan to use a lot of it, and knowing it can be stored for a couple of weeks, you might like to double or triple the recipe. Once you taste it, you will definitely want to enjoy it often with your favorite dishes.

This sauce needs to be cooked. It includes onion and garlic, which need to be sautéed until tender with some of the seasonings. The remaining ingredients then go into the mixture, and it is allowed to simmer, to coax the fullest flavors out of the ingredients and allow their flavors to combine perfectly. The finished sauce is then pureed in a blender or food processor to offer a smooth, lovely finish. The aroma and flavor of this smoky barbeque sauce make it something really special, and you will be so pleased you made it. Continue reading

Vine-Ripened Tomato Sauce with Herbs

Using fresh tomatoes to make a sauce always gives a fresh, tasty result, but swap regular tomatoes for vine-ripened tomatoes, and you can expect a spectacular result. The following sauce includes not only vine-ripened tomatoes but also garlic, onion, basil, parsley, and a little salt and sugar to balance out the flavor. You will need peeled tomatoes to make this sauce. The easiest way to peel this is cut an X into the flowering end of each tomato, then put them in boiling water for 20 seconds. Immediately plunge them into cold water and the skins will come right off.

What are Vine Tomatoes Exactly?

All tomatoes grow on a vine, don’t they? While that is true, non-vine tomatoes are picked while green and then sprayed with gas in order to stop them rotting on their way to the market. A vine-ripened tomato is allowed to ripen on the vine, and they are more tender and tasty than the ‘regular’ tomatoes. Next time you are in the grocery store pick up a package of regular tomatoes and one of vine-ripened tomatoes, and you will be able to smell the difference.

The ones which were allowed to ripen on the vine will have a stronger, richer aroma. They usually cost a few more cents but it is worth paying the extra for a superior flavor. There is no comparison between the kind of tomato sauce you get in a jar and homemade tomato sauce which offers a better, richer flavor, and is also very simple to make, since all you need to do is simmer the ingredients together until the sauce is ready. You can make any tweaks you like, such as adding more garlic if you want a stronger garlic flavor, or even adding a finely diced jalapeño if you want some heat in there. Continue reading

Tomato Sauce with Roasted Peppers

Perfect to use as a pizza sauce, pasta sauce, or even as a dip for chips or crackers, this tomato sauce boasts a lovely, rich flavor. It is also very easy to make because all you need to do is sauté some onion and garlic, then add the other ingredients and simmer to coax out all the flavor accents and achieve a smooth blend of flavors. The finished sauce can then be pureed in a food processor or blender, and then you can proceed with your pizza or pasta recipe, or find another use for this sauce. The recipe can be double or tripled if you want to make more.

Wonderful Aromatic Ingredients

Like many Italian sauces this one is based on tomatoes. Both roasted and fresh bell pepper go into the sauce to add a nice sweet taste, along with onion and garlic. If you like, you can add a sprig of rosemary to the sauce before simmering it, to add a delicate, special flavor, but that is optional so do not worry if you do not have any fresh rosemary, because the sauce is just as tasty without it.

This sauce makes enough for about 8 portions of pasta but if you are using it as a pizza sauce it will go further of course. Keep unused sauce in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze it if you prefer, then thaw it overnight before using again. The recipe calls for roasted red peppers and fresh yellow bell pepper, but if you want a more savory flavor swap the yellow one for green, or even use mixed roasted peppers instead of red. Little tweaks like this are possible and you can adjust the flavor slightly by making these changes. Continue reading

Sweet Tomato Sauce for Sausages

There are lots of tomato sauce recipes, many of which are versatile enough to be served with pasta, used as a pizza sauce, served as a condiment, tossed with meatballs, or used in another way. The following recipe makes a sweet and tasty sauce which is versatile but especially nice served with sausages. Any kind of sausages would work here so just pick your favorite, and you can be sure this sweet, juicy tomato sauce is going to complement the meaty taste of your sausages very nicely.

Which Ingredients You Need

You will need canned tomatoes to make this – both crushed ones and diced ones, so you get a nice consistency. Also, a couple of minced garlic cloves and an onion goes into the sauce, plus some dried basil. We recommend about 3 tablespoons of basil but you can adjust this amount if needed. If you want to use fresh basil, tear the leaves (do not use the stems) and add it a few minutes before the end of the cooking time, since the flavor of fresh basil fades during cooking, as does the color, so just a few minutes is plenty.

Toss cooked whole or chopped sausages with the finished tomato sauce, while both items are still hot, then serve with white rice or pasta, or consider a bed of mashed potatoes, either garlic or cheese mashed potatoes or plain mashed potatoes, as you prefer. This makes a lovely meal for the whole family, and the little ones will love it just as much as the seniors. Serve some broccoli or French beans on the side, or even a simple green salad if you prefer, to add some nutrients to the plate as well as another fresh flavor. Continue reading

Spicy Bruschetta Sauce

Bruschetta sauce is a typical sauce from Italy which is served on bread. Recipes vary greatly but most include tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. Bruschetta sauce is sometimes cooked and sometimes made with raw ingredients. Some variations include anchovies, cured meats, cheese, or capers. Because it is used as a spread on bread, this sauce is generally made in smaller quantities than, say, tomato sauce for pasta. Not only is it great on bread though, but you can also stir it through pasta, use it as a pizza sauce, or even as a dip for crudités or chips.

Traditional Way to Serve Bruschetta Sauce

The usual way to serve this sauce is with bread. The word ‘bruschetta’ in its classic context refers to bread which is toasted, rubbed with a raw garlic clove, and then topped with olive oil and perhaps also basil and/or tomatoes. The toppings vary and some people prefer to make a sauce with the bruschetta ingredients and use that on the bread instead of using the garlic and then adding the other ingredients.

The following recipe makes a tasty sauce for your bread which blends the typical Italian flavors of tomato, olive oil, basil, and garlic, with some red chili for a bit of a kick. Leave out the chili if you do not want the kick, but it is nice when paired with the other ingredients. To serve it, cut a French baguette into slices then broil them. Divide the bruschetta sauce between these toast slices and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. You can then broil the bruschetta for a few minutes or until the cheese melts. That would make a fantastic appetizer and you will be able to taste the amazing Italian flavors in every bite along with the exciting kick from the chilies. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello, I'm Christine. Thanks for dropping by and welcome to Amazing Sauces. Food is a very important part of our family's lives, and I find a homemade sauce often finishes a dish perfectly. Whether you are making something with chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, an appetizer, or even a dessert recipe, a sauce is often the ideal finishing touch.

You will find many sauce recipes here, all conveniently in one place, from the classics like tomato sauce, béchamel sauce and cheese sauce, to gravies, marinades, and unusual ideas for sauces too like ginger-plum sauce or gorgonzola sauce.

Some sauces can be drizzled over the meal, while others are best served on the side. Some will work as a dip or sauce, while others are great for basting, marinating or adding a splash of color to a recipe. Try our creamy gravies with your breakfast, one of our international steak marinades for a sophisticated spin on dinner, or learn how to make a classic béarnaise or rich red wine sauce to complement your dish.

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