Dress up that everyday meal with a simple but delicious sauce.
Whether you enjoy cooking or not, it can be easy to fall into a menu-planning rut. Don’t despair! We all have a few dishes that we rely on when we don’t have the time or energy to come up with new ideas.
On the bright side, you don’t have to come up with completely different dishes in order to change up the flavours at your dinner table. You can still serve the standard meat, chicken, salad and sandwiches you have in your culinary repertoire, yet make it new and interesting. All you need to do is start hitting the sauce. Well, not that kind of sauce.
I’m talking about a sauce so versatile it can be served with almost anything, one that will transform it into a completely different dining experience. It’s a lot to ask of sauce, but let me give you some examples.
It can be used as another condiment, just like ketchup, mayo or mustard.
There are a few sauces that I like to have on hand for when I’m looking to enhance simple grilled meats, fish or poultry. Chimichurri is a perfect example. To take a spoonful of it on its own would seem too overpowering, much like mustard would be. Yet it resonates with herb and vinegary flavours that give life to even the dullest dinner fare.
Another example is a spicy soy dipping sauce that can be drizzled onto plain rice, or used as a marinade for chicken kebabs or, as the name implies, as a dipping sauce for lettuce wraps or dumplings.
Any number of salsas, vinaigrettes or sauces made from roasted vegetable sauces will work for this purpose. I go through phases where I’ll make a batch of something and just keep it on hand to jump-start my weeknight meals.
This week, I’m all about Romesco sauce. Spain’s iconic red sauce is a magical blend of nuts, different roasted red peppers, olive oil, perhaps a dash of sherry vinegar and, for a hint of smokiness, smoked paprika. The result is a rich, creamy, vibrant sauce that’s just as tasty slathered on a grilled ribeye as it is in a turkey sandwich, why not try it this Christmas.
And now I able to share my very own version available on amazon.co.uk and in our Deli.
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I am a self-taught semi-professional chef working in a 300 cover restaurant in Surrey UK. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family. Each recipe is tried and true, family-tested and approved, or sometimes not but you've got to push the boundaries. Inspired by cookbooks, other food blogs, TV chefs, and family recipes.
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