Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sauces are an essential element in cuisines all over the world. So perk up your everyday dishes with these delicious and couldn't be any easier to make sauces.

Creamy Tarragon Sauce
Best with: pan-fried fish or chicken, vegetables, potatoes.

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped tarragon leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • Melt butter in a saucepan. Whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually add milk, whisking until smooth. Add parsley and tarragon leaves. Simmer until thick then season with salt and pepper.

Citrus Honey Sauce
Best with: grilled chicken and fish, pan-fried chicken, turkey and fish, poached chicken or fish, roast chicken.

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon each of orange and lemon zest
  • In a saucepan, heat butter and saute shallots. Add flour and mix well. Slowly pour in chicken broth, the juice of 2 oranges, and lemon juice. Add honey and salt. Season with pepper to taste, then add orange and lemon zest. Simmer until thick.

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