Updated February 20, 2018.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apricot Wine Balsamic Sauce Rich and tasty, Apricot Wine Balsamic sauce is a delicious accompaniment for fish, game, meat and poultry.
BBQ Sauce--Texas Style Our favorite gluten free BBQ sauce is authentic Texas style: thick, glossy and bold!
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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 Dress up your everyday meals with this deliciously versatile raspberry sauce recipe; so quick and easy to make!
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!