Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Recipe: Savory Raspberry Sauce

As I age, err - As I mature, I have noticed my tastes in food changing as well.  Where I used to have a sweet tooth and love all sweets and sugary things, I find myself shying away from sugary tastes.  I can hardly believe I am saying this, but some things are just too sweet now.  I don't take sugar in my tea or coffee anymore and I have a hard time drinking any "juice" for this reason.  Even ice pops and some ice cream are just too darn sweet for me to enjoy the way I used to!
Also, I have noticed that I prefer some pepper in my food, where I used to detest it. I eat fennel now - not a lot, but I don't shy away from it, either.  And, perhaps the biggest change for me has been in enjoying the combination of fruits with meats and/or vegetables.  The combination of naturally "sweet" food with savory is very tasty and exciting!

Yesterday, I made some roast pork.  It was delicious - moist and tender - and so easy to cook!
But, all day, I was thinking about how delicious raspberries would be with pork!
I went to the grocery store and there were no raspberries to be found.
Not to worry, I found some frozen berries and went to work on a savory raspberry sauce.
(Another thing I am picky about is seeds in my raspberries!  While I have no problem with seeds in actual berries, I prefer raspberry purees and sauces to be seedless.  This requires straining the puree through a fine mesh colander - an extra step that is optional if you are not a fussy mature woman.)

1 12 oz bag frozen raspberries, (not necessary to thaw)
1/2 cup sugar or to taste
1 glove garlic, chopped finely - made into a paste
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp horseradish
1 T ketchup
2 grinds pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer until berries breakdown.  Stir the sauce and taste.  Cook down mixture just about 8 minutes.
OPTIONAL - Let mixture cool a bit - 10 - 20 minutes and strain in a fine meshed strainer - this gets rid of the seeds.  Serve warm or chilled.  Excellent with pork, chicken and bread!

This mixture can be made with seedless raspberry jam instead of the berries & sugar for those with a sweet tooth!


DamianC said...

Looks Yummy!
Quick correction, Frozen raspberries unthawed would still be frozen, thawed raspberries work much better.
Letting our New York colloquialisms show!

DannyB said...

You are correct! I should say that thawing is optional, but not necessary....