Sauces are an essential element in cuisines all over the world. Most are not normally consumed by themselves as they are used to add flavor, moisture, and visual appeal to a dish.
The oldest recorded European sauce is garum, the fish sauce used by the Ancient Greeks. While doubanjiang, the Chinese soy bean paste is mentioned in Rites of Zhou in the 3rd century BC.
The French word for sauce is derived from the Latin word salsa, meaning salted.
The study of culinary sauces usually begins with the classic French sauces also know as the 5 Mother Sauces. These include:
These 5 mother sauces can be made into many secondary sauces with the addition of herbs, spices, and many other ingredients.
Today though, with our appetite for new and exciting tastes, has driven culinary influences from around the world – Tex-Mex and SouthWestern cuisines from the U.S. as well as Asian, Latin American, African and the Mediterranean – to creat sauces with an array of flavors and endless possibilities.
All the new and exciting sauces being discovered today are made with ingredients that are versatile, flavorful and exciting to the palate.
Cindy Hazen, Contributing Editor of – Food Industry Insider – says the case for new sauces lies with the recipe staples, which are the condiments. It would be hard to imagine a potato salad without mayonnaise, mustard, or vinegar.
All foods can be reimagined by the inclusion of condiments. The development of new recipes can expand the use of sauces and including salsas, dressings, vinaigrettes and dips.
Read More About Vinaigrette’s To Complete Your Salad
Like this salad with a deliciously yummy vinaigrette brought together with simple pantry staples – Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with a Apple Maple Vinaigrette.
Sauces Place In Cooking
Food and Wine writes that a well-crafted sauce can bring any dish together. It can add a luxurious creaminess, bright acidity, or even a bit of crunch and texture.
Sauces are meant to compliment the food, and excite the palate of the one eating the plated dish.
A sauce can make food more interesting to eat. It pulls together many elements of a dish as well as provide a contrast in flavors and textures.
Sauces Of Today
Today, sauces are not only used to cook with food, but are also used as dips, dressings, marinades and condiments.
Not only is a garlic lemon sauce used to cook chicken in, but can be thickened to use as a dip. Such as with this BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable Platter.
Barbecue sauce is one of our favorites. But it is not just for use in grilling meat. It can also be used for mixing with shredded cooked meat. Like pork or chicken thighs for example.
How about a homemade bbq sauce to mix with your shredded chicken thighs. Find that recipe here – Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce.
The use of sauces in cooking has come a long ways. Couldn’t imagine what food would be like without them.
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