Sauces

My Damn Good Italy Inspired Red Sauce

Seriously, you MUST make this sauce ASAFP!!!

This will undoubtedly be your “Go To” tomato sauce and you will use it with everything you possibly can.

Not only is this sauce inspired by my Italian honeymoon, but I also found a very similar version from Thomas Keller in his fine cookbook, “Ad Hoc At Home.” Together it is a dreamy combo! And it’s so frickin easy!

Italian-sauce

The reason why this is so interesting is that there are a couple of ingredients I doubt you put in your tomato sauces. As fate would have it, while staying in our Moneglia AirBnB, I had to use the local ingredients, whatever they had and/or was in season. So, using the fennel and leeks was just what was done. And what a great surprise.

I am sharing (basically) Thomas Keller’s oven roasted way of doing the sauce. But for my version, I did it all on stovetop. I added pan seared prosciutto to start and then added a little red wine (whatever we discovered that day), and I would add fresh rosemary, butter, and top with parmesan. Add whatever you like. But his base is crazy good, so let’s start with his recipe. I have simplified it to make it easy for you to cook it up for your dates and store as much as you can. But I doubt it will last long!

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Pour olive oil, fennel, onion, leek, and garlic in an oven proof pot. If you like, just throw in the bay leaf and time and fish them out later. As for the peppercorns, well, figure it out. Sprinkle with salt. Put in oven for about 1 hour.
  3. Stir in brown sugar and red wine vinegar and heat for another 20 mins.
  4. Add the tomatoes and sachet.
  5. Cook for another 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
  6. When it is to your desire thickness, you are done!

Use this on pasta, throw in meatballs, or my favorite, serve warm over fried eggs in the morning. So frickin' good!

Play with it and add some of the things I did in Italy and you will be a very happy man with very happy dates.

Keep spicin' it up!

Gettin' Saucy, Argentinian Style

I love Argentina! Even though I haven’t actually been there yet, I know I do. Why?

Three words Malbec, Parrilla, and Tango.

You may already know of all these things, but what you may not know is of another tasty addition that makes Argentinean meats really pop – Chimichurri sauce. It is incredibly tart tangy savory and succulent and will be a welcome addition to your FoodGame repertoire. ENJOY!

What You'll Need:

How to Make It:

Put all ingredients in a blender or processor, blend till coarse, do not puree!

You can add, oregano, cilantro, onions, cayenne, or whatever else you want to try. But this is your base, experiment from here and enjoy. Serve over any kind of meat, preferably grilled.

Keep Spicin It Up!

Chimi Her Churri

Let's Get Saucy!

I know, I know, it's frickin' Friday! Humpday was 2 days ago. Well, things have been movin' and shakin' over here in the Spencer compound.

There are a lot of technical happenings taking place right now. The DKYD is getting some new hosting and boy does that take a lot of time.

So to say a mea culpa, I am giving you a sneak peek in to the new FoodGame book and sharing an incredibly versatile recipe for an intricate sauce that is ridiculously easy to make and goes with everything. Make this immediately and start sharing it with your saucy dates.

And now, for your nomnom pleasure, I give you an authentic Argentinean gaucho sauce that pairs perfectly with grilled meats and red wine known as....

Chimichurri Sauce

  • 2 cups chopped Italian parsley
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in a blender or processor, blend til coarse, do not puree!

You can add, oregano, cilantro, onions, cayenne, or whatever else you want to try. But this is your base, experiment from here and enjoy. Serve over any kind of meat, preferably grilled.

While you enjoy it, imagine yourself sitting in the Mendoza wine region of Argentina sipping a fine Malbec as the sun slowly sets over the mountains. The scent of grilled meats wafting on the breeze and the expectation of building your own fire in the bedroom add to the intense experience. Yummy.

Keep spicing it up!

Tomato Relish

This recipe is just too damn easy! (I know I say that a lot, but its always true, right?) I am here to help you impress your dates as easy as possible. This recipe packs a vibrant flavorful punch and you can experiment with using it with all kinds of dishes.

tomato-relish

How Ya Do It:

Tomatoes (chopped) any kind will work, but get them fresh and in season!

Season with salt and pepper.

Now add almost anything. Try chopped parsley, cilantro, garlic, onions, jalapeños, etc., etc., and so on!

 Top anything with this super fresh and tasty condiment: fish, chicken, rice, eggs...delicious.

Keep spicin' it up!

Zesty Kickass Orange Sauce

Here is an amazingly simple sauce to ladle over poultry, fish, dessert, or, when cool enough, your date. As always, click on the ingredient links to get them sent right to your door, so you'll have all you'll need to start turning up the heat in your kitchen!

How to Make It:

Take 3 oranges, peeled and cut in chunks as shown. Remove the seeds, peel, and the pith in the center.

Put the orange in a pot.

Then add:

Bring all to a boil, reduce heat to simmer for about an hour.

Yum yum gimme some!