Welcome back to our comprehensive guide on How To Be A Master Chef for beginners and food enthusiasts! In today’s posts, we’ll go over how to make savory sauces for your meals and dessert sauces to enjoy! Learn about the different kinds of classic sauces, sauce-making techniques and practice your newly found skills with a tasty dessert sauce recipe! If you’ve ever wanted to be a master chef, the time is now, so let’s get started!
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Super Sauces To Save The Day
Sauces make the world go round! Some sauces can be complicated, but others can be really simple to make. Throughout this post, we will go over some classic sauces, sauces you can make in a pan, sauces that are made using a blender, and dessert sauces that will satisfy any sweet tooth!
Every sauce is built on a foundation. These are the foundations that you will be using to create your sauces:
White Sauces: Usually have some milk or cream involved in the recipe, making it white in color.
Brown Sauces: These are composed of darker stocks. Lamb and beef stocks are usually used for these sauces.
White Butter Sauces: Reduce some butter, vinegar, shallots, and spices, and you've got yourself a delicious white butter sauce!
Hollandaise: There are a bunch of variations of this sauce, but the main ingredients that make a hollandaise sauce a hollandaise are butter and egg yolks. Fatty and delicious!
Mayonnaise: These sauces are based on the utilization of, you guessed it, mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is made from oil and uncooked or barely cooked egg yolks.
Vinaigrette: Mix up some oil, mustard, seasonings, and vinegar and you have a vinaigrette sauce that will be sure to satisfy!
Vegetable Sauces: Cook up some vegetables and puree them to make these sauces. This is a great way to give your kids the vitamins they need!
Pan Sauce Perfection
Darker sauces are made by using a deglazing technique. After sauteing meat or vegetables in a pan, the particles that are left over are able to be used to create a great sauce. Deglazing with red wine or some sort of stock is known to create some sauce that would simply be a shame to waste. Toss in a little butter and you have some incredible sauce that works well with your meal! Even if you did not saute any meat or veggies, you could still make an awesome sauce in a pan. Start out by putting a couple of teaspoons of oil in your pan and toss in whatever else you want in your sauce. The sauce will not be as flavorful as a pan sauce made with fond, but you'll be able to create a pan sauce that satisfies.
Blender Sauces For Quick Meals
Maybe you need a sauce that is quick and easy to make but have no idea how to do it. The answer is blender sauce! These are made really fast and are so simple to make that the only thing you could possibly mess up is forgetting to put the lid on the blender (don't do that!)! If you're in a hurry and looking to eat healthy, add some vegetables, yogurt, or low-fat cheese into the blender with your sauce for some added nutrition! Try these simple blender sauce recipes:
Salsa Verde: Toss some finely chopped medium scallions, a clove of garlic, a medium peeled and chopped cucumber, and 2 stalks celery coarsely chopped into your blender. Add 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar. Blend until it is completely liquidated and make sure to taste it to see if you need anything else to satisfy your taste. This is great with broiled or grilled fish or meat. If you want the sauce to be a bit thicker, add a boiled potato to the mix!
Mint Mango Sauce: Take the flesh out of a mango or two and put it in a blender with 4 tablespoons of sugar and 6 tablespoons of water. Blend it until it is relatively smooth, and then you will add 3 tablespoons of chopped mint. This is a great dessert sauce!
Sour Cream & Watercress Sauce: Put 4 tablespoons watercress with a cup of sour cream into a blender. Mix it on a slower speed until the sour cream becomes a liquid and starts to blend with the watercress. Then turn the blender on high for 10 seconds. Toss in a bit of salt to taste. This sauce goes well with cold poultry, meats, cold shellfish, and smoked fish.
Dill Sauce: Chop up ½ cup of dill and a ½ cup of scallions. Add ½ cup vegetable oil and blend it. Put ½ cup sour cream and 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard in a mixing bowl and bring these ingredients together with a whisk. Add 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar and mix the blender ingredients in with everything. This sauce is good with any summer meal.
Delectable Dessert Sauces
A sweet tooth may seem like a burden, but with sweet dessert sauces you'll find that satisfying that sweet tooth is actually pretty simple. There are two basic types of dessert sauces, and we will discuss both of them in this section. We're also going to go over a dessert sauce recipe that you'll be happy we taught you! With the dessert sauce knowledge that we are about to unleash on you, you will be ready to create your own sweet sauces that will be the perfect accompaniment to your desserts!
One of the main ingredients used in a lot of dessert sauces is vanilla. Whole vanilla bean or pure vanilla extract both work, but the whole beans tend to have a flavor that possesses a certain level of intensity that cannot be reached by utilizing the vanilla extract. While the whole beans are a bit more expensive, we think they are worth the extra money and highly recommend the investment! Artificial or imitation extracts should never be bought because they are disgusting and taste of chemicals. Try this vanilla custard sauce out:
Vanilla Custard Sauce
Prep Time: Around 15 min (must cool down), Cook Time: Around 30 min, Yield: 8 servings
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 eggs yolks
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- Put the milk, cream, and vanilla bean in a heavy medium saucepan. Let the sauce foam up, but don't allow it to boil. This is called scalding. You will achieve this by bringing the pan to medium-low heat. Take it away from the heat and allow it to sit for 20 minutes.
- Take a mixer and beat the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until the mixture is thick and a pale yellow color.
- Take the vanilla bean out of the mixture from the stove and split it open lengthwise, allowing you to take the black seeds out of it and put them into the creamy concoction.
- Put the cream mixture back on the heat, scalding it again.
- Take ¼ of the cream mixture and put it in the bowl with the egg yolks and quickly whisk it.
- Combine everything together in the saucepan and cook it over low heat. Stir it with a wooden spoon for around 5 minutes and allow it to thicken enough where it coats the back of your spoon.
- Strain the sauce, cover, and chill it.
Whipping cream is a topping for your desserts that is actually very easy to make. No longer will you have to buy the aerosol whipped cream! We're going to show you how to make whipped cream that will be the perfect snowy topping for your cakes, fruit, pies, and puddings!
Making homemade whipped cream is an art, and you must be careful to avoid over-beating it because if you do, the concoction will turn into butter! While we all enjoy butter, this is not the end result that we are looking for. Start beating it slowly and increase the speed over time. Try to create a softer whipped cream rather than a stiff cream. After you make your whipped cream, store it in the fridge unless you are using it directly after making it. Try this whipped cream recipe:
Prep Time: Around 5 min, Yield: 8 servings
- 1 cup chilled heavy cream
- 1 ½ tablespoon sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
Chill a bowl and add all of the ingredients into it. Use a whisk to beat it or take an electric mixer and mix at medium speed, allowing the cream to thicken and form peaks. If you beat it too much, the whipped cream will get lumpy so make sure to avoid that!
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