Zesty Orange Sauce – Orange Zest That Is
Sauces don’t always have to be savory although this has a nice citrusy taste it is definitely a sweet sauce and not savory. Now I suppose you could use it in a chicken recipe to give it a nice sweet citrus flavor and it would go well with a mild fish like cod, haddock or flounder but it really is most at home in the morning as a topping. Just because it is most at home though I am trying to show you even a so called dessert sauce has a place in other side dishes and main dish recipes if you want.
This is a really easy recipe and in fact is only a five ingredient recipe so not a lot of ingredients to have to buy and it can be put together pretty quick to. Now if you have the option for nice tree ripened oranges by all means squeeze the orange juice fresh I did it with a premium orange juice as no oranges accept those pre picked ones where I live so the premium orange juice is actually a better and fresher option for me.
Although this sauce is kind of meant to be served as a topping and from a small pitcher or similar serving dish it could be blended into a dish and used as a main sauce with the food instead of as an accompanying sauce. It could easily be made into the main focal point of the dish and I can see this being served with a dish over rice it would go very well as the sweetness of the sauce would lend well to rice or such. Although I have not tried this it might even make a nice salad dressing with a rice salad or similar dish.
- ½ cup butter, unsalted at room temperature
- 2 oranges zested
- 1¼ cups pure orange juice
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (optional)
- Fresh mint sprig to garnish (optional)
- Over medium heat heat a saucepan and to theis add the sugar, orange zest and butter and melt the butter and desolve the sugar completely then add in the orange juice and allow to come to a boil then lower to a simmer and a let it tranform into a syrup this should take about five to ten minutes.
- take the pan off the heat and incorporate the orange liqeur and return it to the heat ad allow to cook down for a further three to five minutes longer.
- remove from heat and transfer it to a serving container. can also be refriderated to cool it first if you like.
This thick and sweet sauce is a wonderful breakfast treat to serve with pancakes or waffles. It would also be a nice dessert treat to serve with crêpes or even ice cream or cake. It is a very versatile sauce in the fact it is equally at home in the morning or dessert time would also be good for high tea if you are into that. It really is pretty easy to make now you could squeeze the orange juice yourself or just buy a premium 100% all juice version OJ instead as I do in the recipe now if you live in say Florida I would definitely pick the oranges that morning in and use fresh but in New England I don’t have that option but when I use to go to Florida when my grandparents lived there it would be fresh squeezed all the way.
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