A sauce should be as wonderful as the food you top it with. Think about it – a creamy and lemony butter sauce lathered over beautifully browned chicken breasts; a zesty marinara sauce over arugula pasta; or a gooey ooey dark chocolate ganache smothering a rich dark chocolate chip cake. How about a runny/watery tomato something or other dripped onto a decadent goat cheese ravioli? Wait, what? Really? A sauce can make or break a meal. You can cook the most divine pork chop, but slather it with a bad sauce, and you’ll either be throwing out the dish, or rinsing off the pork chop in the sink. Either way, the result is not pleasant.
I’ve made my share of mediocre sauces in the past. I’ve rinsed sauce off my chicken in the past, and don’t even ask me about the pork chop debacle of 2011. It happens to all of us.
There is one sauce; however, that I have managed to cook perfectly every time. It is a sweet and decadent strawberry sauce for two. It’s simple to make, and lovely to eat.
- 10 strawberries
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter (regular or vegan)
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- Cut each strawberry into quarters.
- Preheat a small saucepan or sauté pan on low-medium heat and add the strawberries.
- Slowly stir for about one minute until the strawberries begin to loosen their juice.
- Add 1 Tbsp of unsalted butter and and a 1/4 red wine and increase heat to medium.
- Let the liquid simmer for about a minute and reduce heat to low.
- Add 1 Tbsp of brown sugar and stir for another minute.
- Serve as soon as possible over the dessert of your choice. My favorite way to serve this sauce is over cake or ice cream. Enjoy!