About Sauce

Hundreds of Kinds of Sauces

Restaurant Style Sauces

About Sauce - General

There are hot sauces, barbecue sauces, grilling sauces, glazes, pasta sauces, of all kinds, dessert sauces, dipping sauces and gravies and dressings to accompany every conceivable food known to man.

Sauces are an essential element in cuisines all over the world.

To put it another way, I think the McIlhenny Company that makes Tabasco Sauce with that small hole in the bottle does so for a good reason.

For me, sauces should be kept simple to reveal the splendid flavors of each ingredient meant to delight, nourish and be enjoyed often.

I love almost all sauces that meet this simple rule: they must enhance the food and overall dining experience through added flavors, moisture and visual appeal.

In formal cooking, there were originally only four "mother" sauces. These were the sauces from which all others were made.

  • Allemande, (based on stock with egg yolk & lemon juice, now replaced with Hollandaise
  • Mayonnaise (both emulsified sauces based on eggs)
  • Béchamel, (Bechamel Sauce) (based on flour and milk)
  • Velouté (based on a light broth, fish, chicken or veal)
  • Espagnole. (based on brown stock, beef)

Tomato sauce was added to the originals in the early 20th century.

(Hot sauces need to be discussed as a separate subject. There are hundreds of such "sauces.")

About Sauce - Examples

White Sauces
Mushroom sauce
Sauce Allemande
Sauce Américaine
Sauce Suprême
Brown Sauces
Sauce Robert
Béchamel Family
Mornay sauce
Emulsified Sauces
Béarnaise sauce
Hollandaise sauce
Butter Sauces
Beurre Blanc
Café de Paris
Sweet Sauces
Fruit Sauces
Cranberry sauce
Chopped Fresh Ingredients
Salsa cruda
Salsa verde
Hot Sauces
Datil Pepper sauce
Chili sauce
Tabasco sauce
Prepared Sauces
Black bean sauce
Duck sauce
Hoisin sauce
Oyster sauce
Soy Sauce
Cooked Sauces
Lobster sauce
Sweet & Sour
Teriyaki sauce
Other Sauces
BBQ sauces
Mole sauce
Tomato sauces

Wow! And this is only a partial list!

One thing I like to do is buy a sample pack of sauces.

Then I invite family and friends for a "sauce testing" with appropriate other foods and pair all these delights with some beer and wine.

Sauces make great Gift Baskets for those friends and family members who love sauces, from hot sauces to BBQ to pasta.

Thanks for visiting the article about sauce. Enjoy the sauce you make (or buy) and the company of those you share it with. - Donna

“SAUCE, n. The one infallible sign of civilization and enlightenment."

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)