A separately-prepared cooking liquid or condiment served with other food.

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What sauces go well with roast beef? [closed]

I am cooking a roast dinner this weekend and have decided on beef as the meat. The recipe I have suggests horseradish cream as a sauce but I'm concerned that some of the family don't like spicy ...
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How to mix pasta and sauce evenly?

When I make pasta I usually try to finish it by mixing the freshly drained pasta with sauce in my saucepan, adjusting the thickness a little bit with pasta water etc. The problem is with pasta sauces ...
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roast duck leg with plum sauce

I'm thinking of roasting some duck legs on a bed of plums, much like the recipe here does with breast. However, it suggests simply blending the bed of plums once the roasting is over - will legs ...
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How long does a fruit and sugar mixture last?

I made a sauce with frozen rhubarb and raspberry mixed with sugar and reduced it until there is hardly any juice left. I put the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Would this still be ...
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What are the basic kinds of sauces? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the fundamental sauces that every cook should know how to make? As an amateur chef interested in developing a repertoire of basic cooking techniques, what ...
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How do you reduce a cream sauce?

My wife made a cream based sauce last night and the recipe said to "reduce" it. The cream sauce was comprised of some white wine, couple cups of heavy cream and chicken broth (my wife substituted ...
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how to mix wine into cream sauce (or cream into a wine sauce) so it doesn't curdle

how to combine wine in a cream sauce so it doesn't curdle?
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What is the proper way to use corn starch to thicken sauces?

How do you mix corn starch slurry and how do you use it? Do you add the corn starch to the water, or do you add water to the corn starch? Generally what proportions do you need, what is the ratio of ...
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Should I make my own Hoisin Sauce?

My local Asian Food Warehouse sells a few varieties of Hoison sauce that vary wildly in price. That got me thinking why? Are there different qualities in prepared Hoisin sauces? If so, would I be ...
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How can I reheat a roux-based (alfredo) sauce in the microwave without separation?

I made an alfredo sauce last night using a roux made with ghee instead of regular butter, since that's what I had on hand. The ingredients were: ghee, flour, heavy cream, garlic, pecorino romano, and ...
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How to fix a sauce that is too sweet?

A while ago I attempted to make the Better than Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce from food.com. One of the ingredients it calls for is heavy cream and as I live in Canada where they don't sell heavy cream I ...
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Where can I buy online spices, sauces, extracts, etc. with international shipping?

I already know Penzey's spices, which is good, but they don't sell sauces. Ebay won't work for me because it is too expensive to ship to Russia (judging from one bottle from one user). Amazon is also ...
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What are the positive effects of adding celery to a sauce?

Many sauces include celery. It's not a flavour I'm particularly keen on, particularly in sauces so I'm wondering why it's included. Is it included simply as a flavour or does it serve some other ...
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How to make a sauce based on tea

I have some pu-erh tea, and I love the smokiness of it. I was thinking about trying to incorporate it into a dish somehow. Specifically, I was thinking about using something like pacific cod. Then I ...
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Non-cow's milk replacement for Parmesan cheese in Genovese pesto

My family loves Genovese pesto and we'd started making our own (with varied success). One of our number has been diagnosed as intolerant to cow's milk. This rules out pretty much all shop-bought ...
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What is the name of the sauce which is made of Yoghurt and fresh Cucumbers?

I had this "Kebab Bombay" in Holland a few years ago, to which belonged a very thick, creamy, slightly yoghurty, very fresh sauce/salat containing fresh cucumbers. Supposedly it was an Indian dish, ...
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What can I do to thicken the mixture in a meat “cup?”

I've got a pound of ground beef in the refrigerator that I need to use by tonight, and have been eating pasta and hamburgers in unusual abundance lately so my usual standbys of ragù and patties are ...
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Keeping A Sauce From Separating

Last fall I tried my hand at making a homemade hot sauce. Essentially: roast peppers, blend with vinegar, garlic, salt and other spices, put in jar for three weeks, strain and you have hot sauce. ...
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How do I make vanilla sauce without air bubbles?

Yesterday I made vanilla sauce to go with an apple pie. I used about 2 dl milk, 3 egg yolks and some sugar. I whisked it in a double boiler maybe too vigourously, because there were tiny bubbles of ...
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Can hollandaise be made with frozen lemon juice?

In my other question -- Are there any reasonable substitutes for lemon juice? -- I learned a cool technique to preserve lemon juice by freezing it in an ice tray. I'm considering making a hollandaise, ...
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What is a “nonreactive” pan?

I just realized the recipe I use for Chardonnay Beurre Blanc requires the use of a "small nonreactive saucepan." In the past, I have used my 1.5 quart All-Clad saucepan without problems. What sort ...
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What alternatives are there to tomato based pizza sauces?

I know someone that can't eat citrus foods or foods with high acidity so when it comes to pizza this means having it with no tomato based sauces. So far this means having ranch or an Alfredo-type ...
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Is dry rub necessary in making bbq ribs?

Normally when I make bbq ribs in the oven at home, I have to prepare the ribs approximately a day ahead. I usually cover the ribs with a dry rub mixture (made of garlic powder, paprika, sugar, salt, ...
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Uses of leftover vegetables from slow cooker

After slow cooking my pork over a bed of carrots, celery and onions. The pork gets eaten, the juice gets reduced to an amazing sauce base. What can I do with the vegetables? They are tasty to eat ...
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What To Do With Blueberry Hot Sauce

I bought some blueberry hot sauce while on vacation in Maine. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I have no clue what to pair it with. Any suggestions would be welcome.
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What do you do with left over tomato paste?

I sometimes make sauces that use tomato paste. The problem is that usually I need only one or two tablespoons and I don't know what to do with the rest of the can. The smallest can I could find is 6 ...
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What is the cranberries/sugar ratio used in the American cranberry sauce?

I once tried to make a cranberry sauce like the one I tasted on Long Island, but the one I made tasted differently (it was more sour). I guess I used less sugar that I should have done. Do I wrongly ...
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How do I get the best possible texture when making vegetable cream soups?

Many recipes call for straining the almost finished soup to get rid of any extra chunky bits and get the best mouthfeel. But I am really confused, because with any reasonably fine sieve I filter out ...
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What does to deglaze a pan mean?

A friend of mine described a recipe to me, and she said she deglazed the pan (I think I understood correctly). What does that mean?
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Why was the cooking liquor for my mussels too dilute?

I made moule marinier, which were ok, but the 'sauce' that was left when they were cooked was more dilute than I would have liked. I cooked them in: 200ml white wine sauteed onions and garlic ...
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What Side Dish Sauces Should Be Promoted To Their Own Sauce?

We all know about the typical main dish sauces: gravies, cream sauces, marinara, vinaigrettes, bbq sauces, etc... However, I find that many side dishes have their own great sauces that you don't ...
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How can I prevent bacon mayonnaise from splitting when above fridge temp?

I know how to fix a split mayonnaise made with olive or vegetable oil - that's not a problem. I have made Kenji Lopez-Alt's recipe for animal fat mayonnaise (bacon fat, for putting on a burger). It ...
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What are the fundamental sauces that every cook should know how to make?

I'd like to learn to make some sauces and I'm looking for the most common, "standard" sauces that professional cooks all learn how to make in culinary school. What sauces form the basic "building ...
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How not to mess up Béchamel sauce

When I make Béchamel sauce I keep getting different results. Sometimes the sauce ends too liquidy and never seems to firm up. Other times it might get all lumpy, despite me using a recipe that has ...
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How to prevent overcooking of eggs in Carbonara sauce?

Carbonara can be absolutely delicicious if everthing goes perfectly; but it can also be tasteless, chewy and lumpy, if the egg is overcooked. Does anyone have what they regard as a fool proof method ...
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What to do when curdling occurs?

Are there any methods available to "fix" a sauce that has curdled? Or, if I can't fix the curdling, is there any way to still use the sauce? What can I do with it?
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I would like to know how to thicken sauces with blood and is it safe?

I saw a recipe (French) that involved thickening with blood (they also said puréed liver would work) - is this safe? I've eaten blood sausage and black pudding, but still am curious about a sauce?
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Why is my cheese sauce gritty?

Sometimes when making a very simple cheese sauce (butter, flour, milk, cheese [cheddar, usually]), the final sauce has a sort of gritty or slightly pebbly texture (rather than smooth) - it seems like ...
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Tasty red wine and garlic sauce for steak?

I'd like to make it from scratch, but haven't got a clue where to start. What herbs would go well with steak?
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Why did my basting sauce flop?

The instructions for the basting sauce I tried to make called for heating olive oil, butter, Dijon mustard, vinegar, and pepper and then whisking together until smooth. I heated the oil, added the ...
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Can clarified butter be used for beurre noir?

The first recipe of "The Nero Wolfe Cook Book" by Rex Stout is for Eggs au beurre noir. For the black butter sauce he gives the following instructions: "In a skillet melt [...] four tablespoons ...
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How to make mint sauce

I seem to have the basic ingredients. Mint (from the garden), sugar, vinegar. However I seem to end up with vinegary mint, or minty vinegar depending on the relative quantities. From a jar, it seems ...
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Making a sauce with mascarpone cheese

I have some mascarpone cheese left. May I use it to make a sauce?
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Can you make a sauce with beer?

Usually when there is alcohol in a recipe, it's wine. Why isn't there more beer? I've only ever seen it used in beer batters. Can beer be made into sauces or other uses? Do ales, lagers, or stouts ...
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What is the difference between butterscotch, caramel, and toffee?

I've always thought they were the same. Tonight I noticed a slight taste difference as compared to caramel when I had some "butterscotch" for the first time in a while. Now my assumptions have been ...
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Mexican Cheese Sauce?

There's a Mexican restaurant in my hometown that serves (their term) 'Arroz con pollo'. The dish itself seems incredibly simple -- it's pretty much just rice, chicken, and an incredible cheese sauce. ...
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Some sauce that goes well with fish sticks? [closed]

I have found that fish sticks and potatoes/pasta, which I like to eat because it's fast and easy to make, is kind of dry. Does anyone have any good tips on some sauce that would go well with this ...
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How should I add wine to the sauce for my duck?

I have some chicken stock that I've made, that I want to use as a base for a sauce for some duck. I am roasting the duck bones at the moment and will simmer them in the chicken stock for a while. ...
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Why is there a watery run-off after cooking my bolognese?

It's a fairly standard recipe with passata and wine, simmering on a low heat for a couple of hours. After stirring and putting the bolognese onto the pasta, after a couple of minutes the sauce ...
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Soy sauce substitute

I'm cooking for a friend that, for medical reasons, must eat vegan, and soy-free. I was really wanting to make a vegetarian stir-fry for her, but I can't come up with or find any sauce that would be ...