Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Homemade sweet and sour sauce is so easy to make and tastes so much better than the day-glo stuff you buy at the grocery store.  This recipe is a pretty basic one that can be easily cutomized to your tastes (see tips for suggestions). Perfect for dipping or to glaze chicken or pork,  this versatile little sauce just might become a new staple in your kitchen!

  • Try adding some of these other ingredients for a variation on the basic sauce: 1/4 cup diced green peppers or 1/4 cup diced red onion or 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger or 1 tablespoon minced garlic or 1 teaspoon sriracha chili sauce or 1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel or 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder.  I would start by making the original the first time and then come back and add one or many of these ingredients to suite your palate.
  • The soy sauce can be increased or decreased, depending on how sweet you want the sauce. The recipe below is nice starting place for the first time you make it.
  • I like to use organic ketchup since it doesn't contain any high fructose corn syrup.  The sauce doesn't end up quite as sweet that way either. Regular ketchup works just fine though.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently and bring to a soft boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir continuously until thickened.

Look for a recipe to be posted next week that uses this sauce in a fun, new way!


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