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Strong Sauce A La Vodka

 This is such a no brainer I don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner.  Everyone who looks at the sauce says it resembles a vodka sauce and with its great texture, it is the perfect foundation for a vodka sauce recipe.  One of the best parts about this recipe is it uses much less cream than traditional recipes.  And it is quicker to make too. 

Of all the recipes I’ve made at home so far, this is by and away our young one’s favorite.  We know you will love it too.

 Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of vodka
  • 1 cup of light cream
  • 1 jar of Strong Sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup of peas (optional)
  • 4 ounces of smoked salmon, chopped up. (optional)
  • 1 pinch of salt

Method:

Place the vodka in a 2-quart sauce pan over medium heat and reduce by two thirds.  Slowly add in the cream and bring to a simmer.  Be careful not to let the cream boil over.  Simmer the cream for several minutes and then add in the Strong Sauce.  Bring to a simmer and if you want it thicker, simmer it for several minutes more, stirring occasionally.  Add in the peas and salmon for a traditional variation on the recipe or simply enjoy it as it is over your favorite pasta. 

Strong Sauce Chili

Strong Sauce Chili

Chili. Made better with Strong Sauce

We all love chili.  It is the ultimate comfort food.  Whether we enjoy it on its own or as a topping for dogs, burgers or nachos, it is a food that just can’t be beat.  We celebrate chili with countless competitions held each year in its honor.  Chili has an infinite number of recipes, and now it has one more.  The ever versatile, time saving Strong Sauce makes a quick and easy chili recipe.  Perfect for when you want some of this classic dish but don’t have a day to make it.  Ours takes about 30 to 40 minutes. 

Ingredients

  • One medium to large yellow onion. Fine dice.
  • Four to five assorted green chili peppers. Fine dice. You can vary the types by what’s available and the amount of heat you want.  We used 2 Italian fry peppers, one poblano, one jalapeno and one habanero. 
  • four cloves of garlic, minced.
  • Two ounces of tequila (optional) This adds a hint of umami flavor.
  • One to two tablespoons cumin.
  • One jar of Strong Sauce.
  • Two cans of black beans, opened and drained, but not rinsed.
  • Cheese, sour cream and cilantro for garnish.
  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Method

  • Warm the oil in a medium size sauce pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the diced onion and pepper and sauté for 15 to 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  • Add the garlic and cumin and cook for 5 minutes more.
  • Add the tequila and simmer until almost evaporated.
  • Now add the Strong Sauce and beans.
  • Simmer for about ten minutes to bring the flavors together.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish with the cheese, cilantro and sour cream.

 

The Best Turkey Meatballs Ever!

The Best Turkey Meatballs Ever!

We are all trying to eat healthier these days and lean meats go a long way toward achieving that goal.  I grabbed some ground turkey not sure what I was going to make with it.  I like turkey.  It reminds of the holidays, its versatile and its cheap.  I decided to make some meatballs, the kids like them and once cooked in Strong Sauce, are perfect.  And I was in the mood for a sandwich.  One of the great things about Strong Sauce is its subtle cheese flavor.  So, you don’t have to add cheese and fat / calories to your recipe for a satisfying experience.  I hope you give these a try and enjoy them as much as we do. 

A note on nutrition.  This dish made with turkey has two grams more protein per serving than with ground beef and 5 grams less fat.  Using Strong Sauce compared to regular tomato sauce increases the protein to 3 grams per serving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of ground turkey.
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs or panko
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ yellow onion, minced
  • 2 stalks of celery, minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of dried Italian herbs
  • 2 teaspoons of chili flake (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

     Sautee the onion, celery and garlic in half the olive oil until soft and translucent.  While the veggies are slowly cooking, place the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Once the onion mixture is fully cooked, add to the mixing bowl and thoroughly combine everything.  Take a small amount of the turkey mixture and fry it in the sauté pan to check for taste.  Adjust your seasoning if needed.  Now comes the fun part.  Roll your meatballs to your desired size.  I prefer just slightly larger than golf ball size but you can go as big as you want.  It will just take longer to cook.  I “cube off my meatballs” so I can get a good sear on all sides.  You may prefer to leave the round and bake them in the oven.  Either way, you want to make sure to get a good sear on them before adding them to a jar of Strong Sauce in a pot.  Add about a cup of water to thin the sauce while the meatballs cook.  I think the longer the better but don’t go more than an hour on simmer.