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Vegan Mushroom Sauce

Vegan Mushroom Sauce

Vegan Mushroom Sauce

2 lbs. mushrooms crimini or baby bella

5 T. olive oil

5 garlic cloves, minced

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes

½ tsp. salt

13.5 oz. coconut cream

2 T. nutritional yeast

 

Cut off the stems of the mushrooms and then dice them into ½-inch cubes. In a large saucepan or pot, pour the oil and then sauté the mushrooms over medium-high heat, stirring as they simmer. Cook until they have shrunk some and are a deep brown color. Now add the minced garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, and stir well. Then add in the coconut milk and nutritional yeast. Stir everything together until well-combined. Serve hot with your favorite dishes and sides.

Canning Steak Sauce

Canning Steak Sauce

Canning Steak Sauce

1 C. ketchup (homemade)

1/2 C. onion, coarsely chopped

1 large clove garlic

1/4 C. water

1/4 C. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 C. lemon juice (bottled)

1/4 C. white vinegar

2 T. soy sauce

2 T. brown sugar

1 T. prepared mustard

 

Cooking: Combine all ingredients in saucepan and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or until it reaches a good consistency, stirring occasionally. Strain to remove onion and garlic. Filling the jars:  On a dishtowel place your hot jars. Using your funnel in each jar ladle the mixture into the jars leaving 1/2” headspace.  Remove air bubbles and refill to the proper headspace if necessary. Taking a clean paper towel wet it with warm water and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal. Using your magic wand to extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just “finger tight”.   Processing: Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn’t measure up. Cover the pot and turn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 15 minutes. When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes. Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning. Sealing: Some time in the next hour your jars will be making a “pinging” or “popping” noise. That is the glass cooling and the reaction of the lids being sucked into the jar for proper sealing. Some recipes may take overnight to seal. Check your lids and reprocess any jars that did not seal.

DIY Worcestershire Sauce

DIY Worcestershire Sauce

DIY Worcestershire Sauce

Makes 3 – 4 cups

 

3 T. olive oil

2 large onions, chopped

2 serrano chiles, chopped with seeds (I added 2 jalapenos, as well)

2 T. minced garlic

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Two 2-ounce cans anchovies, drained (I usually add the oil)

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 T. kosher salt

1 lemon, peel and white pith removed and discarded (I zest it first and freeze the zest)

2 C. honey (original recipe calls for dark corn syrup)

1 C. molasses

1 quart distilled white vinegar

1/4 pound fresh horseradish, peeled and grated

 

In a large, heavy sauce pan, combine the oil, onions and chiles and stir over high heat until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, pepper, anchovies, cloves, salt, lemon, honey, molasses, vinegar, horseradish and 2 C. of water and bring it all to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reduces and thickens and barely coats a wooden spoon, about 6 hours. Your kitchen will smell heavenly! Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Press gently to release all the liquid. Discard the solids and let the sauce cool to room temperature. Store in a bottle or jar in the fridge. It keeps indefinitely, but you’ll be gobbling it up!

IQS Nomato Sauce

IQS Nomato Sauce

IQS Nomato Sauce

2 T. olive oil

4 shallots peeled and finely chopped

6 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 large beet (14 oz.), trimmed, scrubbed and coarsely grated

2 celery stalks, coarsely grated

3 carrots, coarsely grated

1 tsp. sea salt

1 T. finely chopped fresh Oregano

2 C. vegetable stock

1/4 C. pitted kalamata olives

2 T. lemon juice

 

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook the shallots, garlic, beet, celery and carrots for 10 minutes or until the shallot is translucent. Add the salt, then the oregano and stock or water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Transfer the mixture to a blender with the olives and lemon juice and process until smooth. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Berry Grown-Up Sauce (Spiced Berry Coulis)

Berry Grown-Up Sauce (Spiced Berry Coulis)

Berry Grown-Up Sauce (Spiced Berry Coulis)

 

Great as a sweet coulis accompaniment to desserts or spooned over yogurt.

 

2 C. frozen berries

1 T. brown rice syrup

1 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger

1/2 tsp. grated orange zest

1 star anise, finely crushed

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

 

Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm or cool. Store in a clean glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 2 cups

Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce)

Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce)

Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce)

1 whole lime, juiced

2 T. olive oil

1/2 C. good-quality mayonnaise, (such as Hellmann’s)

3 ounces queso fresco or blanco

2 serrano peppers, ends trimmed

1 bunch cilantro (remove leaves from stems for blenders other than vitamix)

4 garlic cloves, peeled

2 green onions, ends trimmed and roughly chopped

2 tsp. huacatay paste, (optional)

1 T. aji amarillo paste, (optional)

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

 

To a blender, add the lime juice, olive oil, cheese, mayonnaise, serrano peppers, cilantro leaves, garlic cloves, green onions, huacatay paste, aji amarillo and salt. Blend for about 1 to 2 minutes, until very smooth. At first the cilantro leaves won’t be totally smooth, but keep the blender running and it will eventually become cohesive and smooth. Give it a taste and adjust the salt according to your liking. Keeps in the fridge for up to a week.

Quick and Easy Gravy from Scratch

Quick and Easy Gravy from Scratch

Quick and Easy Gravy from Scratch

Homemade gravy is quick and easy. If you’ve roasted chicken, turkey or beef, use the drippings left in the roasting pan. They make the gravy extra flavorful and seasoned. You can make gravy without drippings and use stock or broth in its place. Store-bought stock is usually under seasoned. Take care when seasoning with salt and pepper towards the end of the recipe. Finally, for more flavor, whisk in mushroom powder. This is optional but adds a deep savory flavor.

 

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups warm stock (poultry, beef or vegetable stock) or use pan drippings, see note below

1/2 teaspoon mushroom powder, optional

1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs or 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs (try sage, thyme or rosemary)

2 to 3 tablespoons half and half or cream, optional

Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

 

In a wide skillet with sides, melt butter over medium heat. When melted and sizzling, whisk in the flour. Whisk until the flour and butter turn into a smooth paste and look medium blonde in color; about 1 minute. It smells toasty, like browned butter.  Pour in stock and whisk until smooth. Bring the gravy to a low simmer. As it simmers, it thickens and becomes glossy.  Whisk in the herbs and mushroom powder then cook at a low simmer for a minute or two. Remove from the heat then stir in half and half or cream (optional).  Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and black pepper (we like a generous amount of pepper).  TIPS FOR USING PAN DRIPPINGS:  Substitute some or all the butter with fat left in the pan from roasting. If there are juices left in the pan, strain them then swap all or some of the stock for the pan juices. Pan drippings and juices will be well seasoned compared to the stock. When seasoning, taste the gravy first then adjust with more salt and/or pepper. If you used a stove-top safe pan such as a Dutch oven or stainless steel pan for roasting, there is no need for the skillet. Make the gravy directly in the roasting pan.

Canning Spaghetti Sauce

Canning Spaghetti Sauce

Canning Spaghetti Sauce

10 lbs fresh tomatoes

3 tablespoons oil

4 1⁄2 cups onions, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 1⁄2 teaspoons oregano, crushed

2 bay leaves, crushed

1 tablespoon plain non-iodized salt

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon black pepper

1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper, crushed

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1 tablespoon celery leaves, minced

 

Peel, core and chop tomatoes. Combine with remaining ingredients in heavy saucepan. Simmer 2 hours stirring often until desired consistency. Pour into hot jars to 1/2 inch from top. Wipe jar top and threads carefully with damp cloth making sure they are thoroughly clean. Put on lids and bands. Place in water canner with at least 2 inches of hot water over tops of jars. Bring canner to gentle boil and process 30 minutes. At end of processing time, remove jars to draft free area to cool at least 12 hours. Inspect each jar to make sure it is sealed, remove bands and wipe with damp cloth. Label with date and store.

Canning Pizza Sauce

Canning Pizza Sauce

Canning Pizza Sauce

4 pints

25 -28 tomatoes

2 large onions, minced

4 garlic cloves, minced

3 tsp. olive oil

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. cracked pepper

1 tsp. sugar

2 tsp. parsley, chopped

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. basil

1 tsp. rosemary

1 tsp. celery seed

2 tsp. salt

1⁄2 tsp. summer savory

 

Peel and puree the tomatoes. Mince the onion and garlic. Put olive oil in deep pan and sauté the onions and garlic until transparent. Add the tomato puree and the rest of the ingredients; stir well to blend. Cook on low until mixture is reduced by ½, stirring occasionally. This will take 1-1/2 to 2 hours. When sauce is done and nicely thickened, ladle into hot pint size jars, clean the rims of the jars, and seal. Process for 25 minutes in water bath.

Herbed Marmalade Marinade

Herbed Marmalade Marinade

Herbed Marmalade Marinade

Use as a salad dressing, vegetable marinade and sandwich spread, as a marinade for chicken thighs and zucchini that are destined for the grill, and for chopped salads.

2/3 C. extra-virgin olive oil

3 T. red wine vinegar

3 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 T. lemon or orange marmalade

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 T. dried basil

1 T. dried oregano

1 T. dried thyme

2 tsp. dry mustard

1 tsp. fine sea salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

In a blender, combine the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, marmalade, garlic cloves, basil, oregano, thyme, mustard, salt and pepper. Blend until just incorporated and pour into a mason jar for storage. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Fennel Frond Salsa Verde

Fennel Frond Salsa Verde

Fennel Frond Salsa Verde

 

1 or 2 cloves of garlic, peeled (number depends on your preference and the size of your cloves)

1 handful of capers, rinsed

2 whole anchovies (I prefer large salt-packed anchovies), rinsed

3 handfuls of fennel fronds, washed and dried

1 large bunch of flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked

2 tablespoons rosemary leaves

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Zest of 1 lemon

8 tablespoons really good extra-virgin olive oil (approximately)

Juice of half a lemon

 

Finely chop the garlic, capers, and anchovies; place them in a mortar (or bowl) and pound them with the pestle until a rough paste forms (or pulse in a food processor). Finely chop the fennel fronds and herbs and add them to the mortar; pound and grind a bit more. Add a good pinch of salt, a few grinds (four or so) of black pepper, and lemon zest; pound until combined. Slowly stir in the olive oil until you achieve the right consistency. Stir in the lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary (I often have to balance the flavors with freshly ground black pepper, a bit more salt and a bit more lemon).

 

Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

½ tsp. Garlic Powder

1 ½ T. Chili Powder

1 tsp. Cumin

1 tsp. Sugar

¼ tsp. Oregano

Salt, to taste

8oz. can Tomato Sauce

 

Place small saucepan over medium heat and add all ingredients except the tomato sauce. Stir until fragrant, toasting the dried herbs and spices. Add tomato sauce and 1 C. of water, stir well and simmer a few minutes to blend spices into the sauce.  Use for homemade enchiladas or enchilada tacos, or try spooned over poached eggs.

 

Yield: 8 ¼ C. Servings

Calories: 15

Fat: 0g

Fiber: 1g

Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce

Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce

2 C. tomatoes, in addition to their juices (for example, a 28-oz. can of San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes)
5 tsp. butter
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
Salt

Combine the tomatoes, their juices, the butter and the onion halves in a saucepan. Add a pinch or two of salt. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally, mashing any large pieces of tomato with a spoon. Add salt as needed. Discard the onion before tossing the sauce with pasta. This recipe makes enough sauce for a pound of pasta.

Spicy Tunisian Tomato Sauce with Olives & Preserved Lemon

Spicy Tunisian Tomato Sauce with Olives & Preserved Lemon

Tomato sauce is infinitely adaptable. This version takes the basic Italian sauce and heads south with it, across the Mediterranean Sea, to Tunisia. It includes either Baharat or Ras el Hanout spice blend, along with paprika, cinnamon, preserved lemons, and olives. It’s fabulous as the base for a Moroccan Tagine (and is specified for Moroccan Kefta Tagine (Spicy Meatballs & Tunisian Tomato Sauce). But it’s also delicious tossed with linguini or strozzapreti pasta, Italian-style.

¼ C. cold pressed, extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, minced (2½ C. or 10 oz. minced)
4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
2 tsp. Baharat or Moroccan Ras el Hanout
2 tsp. ground cumin (only if Ras el Hanout contains no cumin)
2 tsp. ground paprika
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ C. dry white wine
28 oz. canned, crushed tomatoes
2 C. chicken stock, plus more as needed
2 tsp. fine sea salt, plus more to taste
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 tsp. wildflower honey, plus more to taste
1 C. large cerignola mix, calamata, or green olives, pits removed, and cut into quarters lengthwise
½ C. small preserved lemons, cut into quarters or eighths lengthwise, pits removed
¼ C. chopped cilantro

In a large sauté pan, over medium-low heat, heat the oil and add the onions. Cook the onions slowly, partially covered, until soft and translucent but not browned, about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring to incorporate. Add the baharat or ras el hanout, cumin (if needed), paprika, and cinnamon. Stir to incorporate. Turn the heat up and add the wine. Simmer until almost all liquid is evaporated. Add the tomatoes and chicken stock. Simmer slowly, partially covered for 15 minutes. Add the olives and preserved lemons, and continue cooking for about 15 minutes longer, until sauce is slightly thickened, with a silky sheen. Total cooking time will be about 30 minutes. If the spices still taste harsh at this point, add a little more stock, and simmer longer. If needed, thin the sauce with additional chicken stock. Sauce should not be too thick. Taste for seasoning, and add salt, pepper, and honey to taste. Just before serving, add the cilantro. Sauce can be used immediately or cooled and refrigerated for up to 3 days. It’s even better on day two. Makes about 2 quarts.

Uses for Barbecue Sauce

Uses for Barbecue Sauce

To give meat loaf a whole new taste, replace the tomato sauce or ketchup in your favorite recipe with bottled barbecue sauce. The smoky taste of the barbecue sauce will add a new dimension of flavor to your old recipe.

For a smoky hamburger spread, stir together 1 T. barbecue sauce and 2 T. mayonnaise. Use on hamburgers or in salads.

To mix up a quick steaming liquid for clams, put 3 dozen scrubbed littleneck clams on a very large sheet of heavy-duty foil and drizzle with 1/2 C. spicy barbecue sauce and the juice of 1 lemon. Fold the foil over the clams, leaving ample space for the clams to open, and crimp the edges to seal. Bake at 375°F or put the foil bag on the grill and cook until the liquid in the foil is bubbling and the clams open, 10 to 12 minutes. Slit open the foil and serve the clams with the sauce. Discard any unopened clams.

For moist and marvelous hamburgers, mix 1/4 C. barbecue sauce into 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef. Shape into 4 patties and grill, broil, or pan-fry over medium heat. Cooked to about 160°F on an instant-read thermometer and the meat is no longer pink, about 4 to 6 minutes per side, basting the burgers with additional barbecue sauce as they cook.

To make delicious baked turkey tenderloins, split 2 turkey tenderloins lengthwise in half and remove the vein. Place the tenderloins in a foil-lined baking dish. Mix together 1/2 C. barbecue sauce, 1/4 C. finely chopped onion, 1/2 tsp. dry mustard, and 1/4 tsp. chipotle chile powder. Spoon or brush over the turkey until completely covered. Bake at 350°F until a thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest portion registers 165°F and the juices run clear, 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

For hot roast beef sandwiches with just the right flavor, bring 1/4 C. bottled barbecue sauce to a simmer in a saucepan. Add 1/4 pound sliced deli roast beef and heat through for 5 minutes. Put on a roll with some prepared horseradish.

Bajan Hot Pepper Sauce (Bahamas)

Bajan Hot Pepper Sauce (Bahamas)

3 oz. distilled white vinegar
1 T. ground turmeric, or 1/2 T. Turmeric + 1/2 T. Bajan Spice Blend
5 tsp. brown sugar
4 tsp. yellow mustard seeds
1 3/4 oz. fresh habanero chiles (6 to 9)
1/2 C. coarsely chopped onion

In a small bowl, mix vinegar, turmeric and brown sugar together until smooth. Place mustard seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat and dry roast just until aromatic or the seeds start to pop. Immediately remove seeds from heat and stir into vinegar mixture. Place vinegar mixture, habaneros and onions into a blender and puree to a smooth, pourable texture.

This sauce is hot! Use as a spicy topping or dipping sauce. Use as a marinade or rub for beef, pork, poultry, seafood, tofu or veggies. Great as a dip for our Bajan Seafood Hushpuppies and a key ingredient in our Bajan Hot Pepper Grilled Chicken.

You can purchase commercial Bajan spice blends that are nice in this, they usually contain lots of spices such as:  onion, thyme, garlic, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, parsley, marjoram, ginger, fenugreek, cumin, anise, allspice, habanero, makrut lime, cinnamon, mustard, mace and cardamom.

Everyday Tomato Sauce

Everyday Tomato Sauce

Everyday Tomato Sauce¼ C. EVOO
1 large Onion, diced
4 Garlic Cloves, peeled and minced
46oz. can Tomato Juice
29oz. can Tomato Puree
2 6oz. cans Tomato Paste
1 T. each dried Basil, Oregano, and Thyme
2 Bay Leaves

In large saucepot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomato juice, puree and paste and stir until blended. Crush basil, oregano and thyme in your hands and add to sauce. Add nay leaves. Lower heat and simmer at least 30 minutes, up to several hours, until thick. When ready to serve, remove bay leaves and add salt and pepper to taste. ¼ tsp. crushed Fennel seeds may be added with herbs, if desired.

Claudia’s Mexican Sauces

Claudia’s Mexican Sauces

claudia saucesCrema de Aguacate Oazaquena (Oaxacan Avocado Cream)

1 lg. Ripe Hass Avocado
½ C. Oazacan Sour Cream or Crème Fraîche
1 ½ T. Lime Juice
Salt

Using a 6-inch (15-cm) knife, carefully slice through the stem end of the avocado until you can feel the pit. Proceed to run your knife down one side following the pit, but don’t press too eagerly. A ripe avocado will be very easy to cut, so don’t exert yourself or you can risk a cut. Continue cutting all the way around the pit until you reach the original cut. Set your knife down, hold each side of the avocado in your hands, and twist in opposite directions. Carefully remove the pit of the avocado either with a spoon or fork. (If your avocado isn’t ripe enough, this may prove difficult; if so, stab your knife into the pit and twist in order to remove it. If you are unable to remove the pit, use another avocado, as this avocado is not ripe and will taste too earthy.) Run a large spoon along the inside of the skin of the avocado to remove the flesh
from the skin. Don’t worry how perfectly the avocado comes out, as you are going to be pureeing it anyway! In a small blender or food processor (a mini food processor works well), combine the avocado flesh, sour cream, and lime juice, and blend until smooth. If your avocado is not ripe enough or the sour cream is too thick, add a tablespoon or so of water to
get things moving in the machine, but make sure to keep the consistency thick and mousse-like (see Notes). Remove from the blender and season with salt. Fit a piping bag with a small circular tip and add the avocado cream to the bag or spoon the cream into a squeeze bottle. To plate with tamales or tacos, place your point close to the plate, squeeze out a little cream, and lift the tip straight up. This will make your dollop look like the perfect kiss! Because avocados are finicky and will turn brown and dull, this crème will not keep longer than 4 hours, even when stored in an airtight container. So put it on everything and be generous with it!

Oaxacan sour cream is denser than typical sour cream and is salted and textured much
like a crème fraîche. If you cannot find it, use crème fraiche or, in a pinch, regular sour cream and a bit more salt to achieve a similar balance of flavor. Err on the side of thicker (but not chunky) than thinner for your avocado cream, because if it is too thin, you will have a dripping mess that cannot be piped.
Chipotle Crema (Chipotle Cream Sauce)

1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 medium white onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1 small tomato, chopped
1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
1 to 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
Salt

Heat the oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the garlic and oregano and cook for an additional 30 seconds, or until the garlic starts to soften. Add the tomato and sauté until softened, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, carefully pour in the cream, and bring to a simmer. Immediately remove from the heat. A little bit goes a long way with smoky chipotle chiles, so if you have never worked with them, start with one, and then add another if you want to turn up the heat. Place the chile in a blender, carefully pour in the hot cream mixture, and blend on medium
speed for about 1 minute, until smooth and bright orange in color. Taste for salt and season accordingly; if the sauce is not spicy enough for you, add an additional chile and blend again until smooth. This is a dairy-based cream sauce that will keep a maximum of 3 to 4 days in the fridge, so use it quickly.
Salsa de Chile Tatemado (Roasted Red Pepper Sauce)

2 medium Roma tomatoes
1 jalapeno chile
1 pound (455 g) fresh piquillo peppers, roasted, or 1 (14-ounce/400-g) can roasted piquillo peppers, drained
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 small yellow onion, quartered
½ cup (120 ml) beef stock or veal demi-glace, plus more if needed
4 sprigs fresh thyme, tied with kitchen string
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cayenne pepper (optional)

Heat a skillet or comal (tortilla griddle) over medium-low heat. Place the tomatoes and jalapeno on the skillet and heat until the tomatoes are almost completely darkened on all sides, softened, and releasing their juices and the jalapeno is fragrant and blistered. Remove the stem and cut the jalapeno in half. Remove the seeds using a spoon if you’d like your sauce on the milder side. In a blender, combine the tomatoes, jalapeno, piquillo peppers, garlic, onion, and stock, and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan. Add the thyme and season with salt and pepper. Place over low heat and bring to a simmer, adding a little more stock if it’s too thick. Once it simmers, remove the thyme, taste for heat, and add a little cayenne if needed. The sauce will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. Bring it to a boil before serving.
Aceite de Cilantro (Cilantro Oil)

2 large bunches fresh cilantro
1 1/4 cups (300 ml) canola oil
Salt

Start by cutting 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the thick ends of the cilantro stems. Chop the leaves and tender stems (stop about 1 inch/2.5 cm from the bottom of the cut stems) until you have 2 packed cups (80 g). Save any remaining cilantro for another recipe. Place the cilantro in the blender with ¼ cup (60 ml) of the oil. Blend on low speed, slowly drizzling in the remaining oil through the hole in the top of the blender. Do not overblend or blend on high speed, as this can cook the cilantro and turn it a dark green or brown color. Season with salt and pulse until incorporated. Line a fine-mesh sieve or chinois with a double layer of cheesecloth. Pour the
blended oil into the sieve and, using a large rubber spatula, push the oil mixture through the sieve into a large bowl, pressing on it with the spatula to get out all the flavored oil. Discard the cilantro pulp. Using a funnel, pour into a squeeze bottle for ease of plating. It will keep, refrigerated, up to 5 days.

Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 red chili peppers, minced (for more heat leave the seeds in, for less remove them)
1 tsp ginger, grated
½ cup sugar
¼ cup rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
½ cup water
1 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp water
salt to taste

In a small saucepan, combine garlic, chili pepper, ginger, sugar, rice vinegar and water. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Pour cornstarch mixture into the sauce whisking constantly until it thickens. Allow mixture to cool and store it in a mason jar in the refrigerator.

Queso Blanco

Queso Blanco

queso1 cup monterey jack cheese or 1 cup asadero cheese or 1 cup chihuahua cheese, shredded fine
4 ounces green chilies
1/4 cup half-and-half
2 tablespoons onions, chopped fine
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 serrano pepper, chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine (optional)

Put all ingredients in a double boiler and heat on medium. Cook until melted and well blended, stirring occasionally. Serve with fresh tostadas or hot flour tortillas.

McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce

McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons French dressing
4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon finely minced white onion
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well. Place sauce in a covered container and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight, so that the flavors blend. Stir the sauce a couple of times as it chills. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Middle Eastern Green Sauce

Middle Eastern Green Sauce

Middle Eastern Green Sauce

 

This traditional hot green, herby condiment is served in little jars at my favorite falafel joint. Slather into a pita with hummus and tomatoes or a little grilled lamb, or on fried eggs and hash browns, or to brighten a yankee pot roast.

 

1 tsp. cumin seeds

1 tsp. coriander seeds

Leaves from 1 small bunch parsley

Leaves and tender stems from 1 small bunch cilantro

2 serrano or jalapeno chiles

3 garlic cloves

6 scallions

1/2 tsp. salt

¼ C. olive oil

 

Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a small dry pan over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Coarsely grind in a spice mill or with a mortar and pestle. Coarsely chop the parsley, cilantro, chiles, garlic, and scallions. Pulse with the salt in a food processor or blender until you have a rough puree. Transfer the herb puree to a bowl and stir in the ground spices and olive oil. This is best the day it is made.

Pepper Coulis

Pepper Coulis

Notes: Executive chef Michel Stroot at the Golden Door uses red and yellow pepper coulis side by side in plate presentations to add color, moisture, texture, and flavor. If you’re in a hurry, instead of roasting fresh peppers, you can use 1 1/4 cups rinsed, drained canned roasted peppers. You can make the coulis ahead of time; cover and chill up to 3 days or freeze up to 6 months.

“Be sure to eat a variety of foods to keep your palette interested.”

coulis

1 red or yellow bell pepper (about 10 oz.)
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon olive oil
salt to taste
cayenne pepper to taste

Rinse 1 red or yellow bell pepper (about 10 oz.); pat dry. Set pepper in a 9-inch pie or cake pan and broil 3 to 4 inches from heat, turning as needed, until charred on all sides, about 15 minutes total. Let cool. With a small, sharp knife, remove and discard skin, stem, and seeds. Coarsely chop pepper and place in a blender or food processor. Add 1 tablespoon water and 1 teaspoon olive oil; whirl until smooth. Add salt and cayenne to taste. If coulis is thicker than desired, thin with 1 to 2 more tablespoons water.

Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: ¼ C.
Calories: 26
Fat: 1.2g
Fiber: .9g

Huckleberry Barbecue Sauce

Huckleberry Barbecue Sauce

1 small onion, chopped

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 to 1 tsp. pepper

1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 cups chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 teaspoons molasses

1 cup fresh or frozen huckleberries* or blueberries

 

In a medium saucepan, cook onion in oil over medium heat until soft, 5 minutes. Stir in salt, chili powder, dry mustard, pepper, chile flakes, and cumin. Cook until seasonings are fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, and molasses. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Add berries and simmer gently, uncovered, until softened, 25 minutes. Purée most of sauce in a blender, then stir into remaining sauce.

 

*Buy from specialty produce markets or nwwildfoods.com, or pick your own in the wild from August through October.

 

20 Minute Sriracha Sauce Recipe

20 Minute Sriracha Sauce Recipe

Use any type of peppers you want! If you want your sauce red colored – stick to red peppers. My favorite is a combo of red jalapeno or red serrano and mini sweet peppers (the kind you find on veggie trays to eat raw) – smaller and sweeter than bell peppers.

20-minute-sriracha-sauce-recipe-0857-640x4261/2 pound fresh red jalapeno peppers
1/2 pound fresh mini sweet snacking peppers
7 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (or white or unsweetened rice vinegar)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
4 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fish sauce, Braggs Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos

In a food processor or high speed blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. In a medium saucepan over high heat, pour the sauce in and cook on high until it begins to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes. Taste and adjust with additional honey, vinegar or Bragg’s (or whatever you’re using) if needed. You’re looking for a nice balance of flavor. Fry an egg and try a spoonful on it. Tastes wonderful? Turn off heat and allow sauce to cool completely. Transfer the sriracha sauce to jars. Sriracha will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Better yet, can them and store in pantry!

Avocado Ranch Sauce

Avocado Ranch Sauce

avo1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut in large pieces

Juice of 1 lime

1/2 C. Ranch Dressing

Salt, to taste

 

Place all the ingredients except the salt in a food processor and process until completely smooth. Scrape into a bowl and season to taste with salt. Serve Immediately.

 

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Magic Sauce

Magic Sauce

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 medium cloves of garlic, smashed into a paste
1 well-crumbled bay leaf
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon + fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Gently warm the olive oil over medium-low heat in a skillet or pan, until it is just hot. When hot remove from heat. While the oil is heating, lightly pound the rosemary, thyme, and oregano in a mortar and pestle.  Stir the paprika, garlic, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and salt into the oil. Then add the bruised herbs and lemon juice.  You can use this now, but know – the oil just gets better as it ages over a few days. Keep it in a refrigerator for up to a week/ten days-ish. It thickens up when cold, so if you need it in a liquid state, place it in the sun or in a warm place for a few minutes.

Let’s just start by putting one thing out there. You’re best off making a double or triple batch. This is the sort of stuff you burn through in minutes. Not exaggerating. I cook eggs in it – scrambled, omelette, frittata, you name it. I drizzle it on soups. This time of year that means corn soups, brothy bean pots, or lunch time slurpy noodle bowls. I can attest it’s the sort of thing that makes baked potatoes even better than usual. And salads welcome it as well – particularly shaved salads, or ones made from spicy greens. You can use it to marinate or slather ingredients before grilling or roasting. And its the sort of dressing that turns a bowl full of farro or quinoa or soba noodles into something close to a full meal – just toss in another favorite seasonal ingredient or two.

Comeback Sauce

Comeback Sauce

1comeback-sauce cup mayonnaise

1/4  cup ketchup

1/4 cup chili sauce

1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

1/4 cup light olive oil

juice of one lemon

Mix all ingredients well and store in refrigerator overnight.  It needs to sit to let the flavors become “acquainted”.   They shouldn’t rush into marriage.

Wyoming Wild Barbecue Sauce

Wyoming Wild Barbecue Sauce

bbqsauce1 C. chili sauce

1 C. ketchup

1/4 C. steak sauce

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

1 T. garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 T. horseradish

3 T. dry mustard

1 tsp. Tabasco pepper sauce

1 T. dark molasses

1 T. red wine vinegar

 

In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk until sauce is well blended.

 

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Honey Herb Sauce

Honey Herb Sauce

1/4 C. honey

2 T. onion, minced

1/4 C. butter or margarine

1/2 tsp. thyme, crushed

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Toss with vegetables of choice such as: peas, zucchini, spinach, broccoli, green beans, etc. Serve over couscous as a vegetarian entree or alone as a side dish.

 

Ranchero Sauce

Ranchero Sauce

This chunky quick cooked salsa has a lot more flavor than store bought stuff.  Use it on Chile Rellenos, heuvos rancheros, and omelets.  Serve with chips for dipping.  Heat it up, toss with pasta and top with crumbled queso fresco.

 

1 T. Olive Oil

1 tsp. Minced Garlic

¾ C. chopped Onions

3 C. chopped Tomatoes (seeded)

2 tsp. Tomato Paste

1 ½ tsp. Chipotle Puree

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. minced fresh Oregano

 

Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat.  Add garlic and onion and sauté until soft.  Add the rest of the ingredients, increase heat to medium high and being to a boil.  Once boiling, lower heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Transfer to air tight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.  To use, slowly heat over low heat; thin with 1 tablespoon of chicken stock at a time if too thick.

 

From Chevy’s Tex Mex Cookbook

 

 

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New Mexico Red Chile Sauce

New Mexico Red Chile Sauce

This earthy red chile sauce cans be used as a condiment, stirred into soups and stews or egg dishes.

 

5 C. Chevy’s Chicken Stock

1 lb. Tomatoes, quartered

12 oz. White Onions, quartered

6 cloves Garlic, peeled

6 oz. dried New Mexico Chiles, stemmed and seeded

1 T. Butter, room temperature

1 tsp. Salt

 

In stockpot over high heat, bring stock, tomatoes, onions and garlic to a boil.  Cook for 15 minutes.  Stir in dried chiles, making sure they are immersed.  Remove pan from heat and sock chiles for 15 minutes.  When mixture is cool, transfer to blender or food processor and process until liquefied.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the residue with back of spoon to extract all the chile flavor.  In large saucepan, reheat sauce and stir in butter until melted and incorporated.  Stir in salt and serve.   If preparing in advance, leave out butter until you are ready to use the sauce.

 

From Chevy’s Tex Mex Cookbook

 

 

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Chipotle Puree

Chipotle Puree

Note that pureeing a can of high quality chipotles in adobo will nearly match the flavor in this recipe.

3 C. Water

2 oz. dried Chipotle Chiles, stems removed

1 T. Achiote Paste

½ C. Tomato Paste

½ C. firmly packed Brown Sugar

2 T. Red Wine Vinegar

1 tsp. Salt

2 T. Olive Oil

 

Combine all ingredients in saucepan over high heat.  Bring to a boil, then decrease heat to medium low and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool completely.  Puree in blender or food processor until smooth.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 

From Chevy’s Tex Mex Cookbook

 

 

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Low-Fat Cheese Sauce

Low-Fat Cheese Sauce

1 C. Cold Skim Milk

2 T. Flour

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/8 tsp. Pepper

2 oz. Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar

 

Combine 1/2 C. Milk with flour in covered container and shake well to prevent lumps.  Pour into 4 C. glass measuring C. along with the rest of the milk and seasonings.  Cook in the microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, whisking every 30 seconds until thickened.  Add cheese and stir until melted.

 

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Orange Sauce

Orange Sauce

1/4 C. Sugar

1 T. Cornstarch

1/4 tsp. Orange Zest

3/4 C. Orange Juice

2 tsp. Butter

 

in saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch, and orange peel.  Stir in orange juice.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.  Remove from heat and stir in butter.  Serve warm over gingerbread or ice cream. Yum!

 

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Sweet and Hot Chili Sauce

Sweet and Hot Chili Sauce

5 T. white vinegar

3 tsp. red chili flakes

8 cloves garlic

Pinch of salt

2 fresh red chili peppers, seeded and sliced

1 c. whole canned tomatoes (with juice)

12 oz. Red Plum jam

9 oz. pineapple juice

4 T.p. apple juice concentrate

 

Place the first 7 ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend to an even consistency. This will take several minutes and require stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. lace the remaining ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour the blended ingredients in the saucepan. While stirring, let this mixture come to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 more minutes. Store in air-tight, sterilized jars. It will keep for at least 2 months, refrigerated.

 

 

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SBD Joe’s Mustard Sauce

SBD Joe’s Mustard Sauce

1 tsp. plus 1/2 tsp. Colman’s dry mustard

1 C. mayonnaise

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. A-1 Steak Sauce

1 tsp. heavy cream

1 tsp. milk

Salt

 

Place the mustard in a mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the mayo and beat for 1 minute Add the Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, cream, milk and a pinch of salt. Beat until the mixture is well-blended and creamy. If you’d like a little more mustard flavor, whisk in about 1/2 tsp. more dry mustard until well-blended. Chill the sauce, covered, until ready to serve.

 

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