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Sauces—The Real Secret to Fantastic Gluten Free Food

Sauces—The Real Secret to Fantastic Gluten Free Food

Updated February 13, 2019.

Master sauces, give them a fancy French name and suddenly you’ll be launched from a hash slinging cook located in a backwater corner of some unknown place not even on the map, to a famous chef, creator of yummy marvels!

Sauces, or lack of them, can make or break a meal.  

That’s how important they are!

And good cooks know it.

Think about it.

When you experience a memorable meal in a restaurant, whether it is a local hole-in-the-wall café or a well-appointed establishment that specializes in fine dining, nine times out of ten it is the excellent sauces that made ordinary food, unforgettable

What do You do With All Those Leftovers Collecting in the Refrigerator?  

Throw them together in a baking dish, stir in a delicious sauce and sprinkle the top with grated cheese or toasted bread crumbs (gluten-free, of course).  

While it is baking in the oven until heated through, come up with an upscale name for your impressive new casserole dinner.

Consider the same leftovers, throw them into a big pot on the back burner and add a sauce—soup stock.

Adjust the seasonings.

Serve with a rustic loaf of gluten-free bread and a tossed green salad (salad dressings are sauces, too).

Recipes for Sauces Abound

What family isn’t known for their “special sauce”?

Even these recipes get tweaked through the generations until the original is no longer recognizable.

I’m guilty as charged!

I can’t help tinkering with Grandma’s special recipes. 

Every culture has their signature sauces and each family group has their take on them.

Need evidence to prove my statement?  

Let’s take look at a Mexican food favorite.

Think of all the different salsa and picante sauce bottles sitting on grocery store shelves and they are not collecting dust!

How about an Italian food staple?

Spaghetti sauce bottles line whole rows of shelves at the grocery store and everyone has their favorite brand.

Sauces are a Culinary Palette

What is important to keep in mind is sauces are very versatile.

They can be changed-up and used in many different ways.

A basic cream sauce can be used to make casseroles, soups, gravies, puddings and as a base for many other kinds of sauces, such as brown sauce, cheese sauce or a rich egg sauce.

Stock is a simple sauce used to make broths, soups, stews and is combined with other sauces to create new sauces.

There are vinegar, tomato, butter, wine, mustard and egg based sauces.  

Mention must be made of all the scrumptiously sweet dessert sauces prepared from juices, nectars, sugars, syrups and honey.

My Recipe Collection

Through the years I've managed to master a few sauces.

Some are recipes handed down through the family (yes, they’ve all been tweaked by me).  

Others are my original creations.

Those shared here are the blue-ribbon sauce recipes that continue to receive raves from family, friends and by guests at potlucks and larger events where my cooking usually steals the show.

Recipes for Gluten-free Sauces

Quick & Easy! When you try this outstanding Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe, you will never buy bottled again!

Bechamel Sauce Recipe—Key to Luscious Gluten-free White Sauce Creations!

Bechamel Sauce Recipe—Key to Luscious Gluten-free White Sauce Creations!  Master this terrific gluten-free bechamel sauce recipe, choose a variation and makeover lackluster meals into irresistible gourmet delights!

Almond Sauce

Caper Sauce

Caraway Sauce

Celery Sauce

Cheese Sauce

Cheese Pimento Sauce

Cream Sauce

Creamy Sauce

Cucumber Sauce

Curry Sauce

Dill Sauce

Egg Sauce

Herb Garlic Sauce

Herb Sauce

Horseradish Sauce

Italian Cheese Sauce

Lemon Chive Sauce

Medium Bechamel Sauce Dry Mix

Mock Hollandaise Sauce

Mushroom Sauce

Mustard Sauce

Newberg Sauce

Olive Sauce

Onion Sauce

Pimento Sauce

Piquant Sauce

Richer Cheese Sauce

Sauce Mornay

Sauce Verte (Green Sauce)

Seafood Sauce

Sherry Sauce

South of the Border Sauce

Special Sauce

Tomato Cream Sauce

Tomato Piquant Sauce

Cinnamon Honey Butter

Cinnamon Honey Butter  Impress your family and guests, and leave them craving more.  More Cinnamon Honey Butter recipe, that is!  It is a quick and simple way to spice up ordinary fare and make your meals unforgettable.

Grandma's Cranberry Sauce Recipe--Key to an American Holiday Tradition

Grandma's Cranberry Sauce Recipe--Key to an American Holiday Tradition  You are going to love this quick and easy make ahead cranberry sauce recipe, so delicious, you will never open another can of store bought cranberry sauce again!

Apple Maple Cranberry Sauce

Burgundy Cranberry Sauce

Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Nut Sauce

Gourmet Orange Cranberry Sauce

Honey Cranberry Sauce

Honey Maple Cranberry Sauce

Orange Cranberry Sauce

Orange Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Port Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Vermont Maple Cranberry Sauce

Vermont Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

Irish Onion Gravy

Irish Onion Gravy  Pour this savory onion gravy over Bangers and Mash. It's a delicious way to celebrate all things Irish . . . or British. Whether for St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween or just because.

Lime Crème

Lime Crème  Make your Mexican food gourmet cuisine!  Tart notes of fresh lime combine with the cool notes of chilled sour cream to make luscious Lime Crème.

Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce  Savor this traditional Italian Marinara sauce recipe; it is a keeper!  Cook up extra and freeze to have on hand for quick weeknight pasta dishes or guest appetizers. 

Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce  Wow! This authentic Italian pizza sauce is outstanding!  Thick and rich tomato flavor; make extra to have on hand as a pizza appetizer dipping sauce; it is that great!

Raspberry Sauce Recipe--Key to Exciting Everyday Meals

Raspberry Sauce Recipe--Key to Exciting Everyday Meals  Dress up your everyday meals with this deliciously versatile raspberry sauce recipe; so quick and easy to make!

Apple Cider Sauce

Apple Ginger Sauce

Apple Ginger Teriyaki Sauce

Apricot Bourbon Sauce

Apricot Curry Sauce

Apricot Mint Sauce

Apricot Rosemary Sauce

Apricot Sesame Sauce

Asian Apricot Sauce

Apricot Wine Balsamic Sauce

Blueberry Chipotle Sauce

Bourbon Sauce

Cherry Bourbon Sauce

Cherry Port Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Honey Apple Sauce

Orange Sauce

Orange Cumin Sauce

Orange Ginger Sauce

Orange Mustard Sauce

Orange Raisin Sauce

Orange Soy Sauce

Peach Chipotle Sauce

Peach Jalapeno Sauce

Peach Mustard Sauce

Peach Orange Sauce

Peach Wine Sauce

Peppery Orange Sauce

Peppery Pineapple Sauce

Pineapple Ginger Sauce

Pineapple Mint Sauce

Pineapple Orange Sauce

Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce

Plum Ginger Sauce

Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe--Key to

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe--Key to "Delizioso" Dinners!  Excellent!  Quite possibly the best Spaghetti Sauce recipe you will ever make; a hearty sauce with rich flavor.  Buon Appetito!

American Goulash

Crowd-sized Spaghetti Casserole

Fresh Chunky Marinara Sauce


Spaghetti & Italian Meatballs

Spaghetti & Italian Sausage

Spicy Orange Sauce Recipe

Spicy Orange Sauce Recipe  Are you looking for a Spicy Orange Sauce recipe that makes stir-fries stand up and take notice?  This quick and easy gluten-free recipe is sure to become a family favorite and a guest pleaser!

Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce  This gluten-free Tartar Sauce is so quick and easy to make; it is the perfect condiment for fish and seafood!

Teriyaki Sauce Recipe--Key to Gluten-free Asian Dishes

Teriyaki Sauce Recipe--Key to Gluten-free Asian Dishes  This amazingly quick and easy gluten-free Teriyaki Sauce recipe is like magic, turning mundane meat into extraordinary eats!

Beef Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki

Teriyaki Ribs Appetizer

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