A world tour of the 10 most popular sauces
The world of gastronomy is endless of flavors and textures, discovering a bit of international cuisine opens up our panorama and allows us to recognize that unique cultural base from every corner of the planet.
At the time we talked about Mexican sauces, but this time we want to take a trip around the world with the 10 most popular sauces, do you have your favorite?
Bechamel | France
Also known for being one of the mother sauces, it is a basic preparation that when combined with other ingredients gives a unique flavor. Made with flour, milk, and butter, it is a great complement to pasta, vegetables, red meat, and fish. Due to its thick consistency, this sauce of French origin, but also widely used in Italian cuisine, gives a creamy touch to any dish.
Andalouse | Belgium
Typical from Belgium, this sauce is derived from mayonnaise and is normally served with salads and the famous Belgian/French fries, but it is also a great topping for red meat and fish, due to the slight heat that the pepper and the seasonings give it, this sauce is perfect for a summer afternoon.
Tzatziki | Greece
Very fresh and with an unbeatable explosion of flavors, this typical sauce of Greek origin is a very versatile option worldwide, since you can add it to dishes with chicken, meat, fish or vegetables, but traditionally it goes perfectly with a plate of crudités, or a flatbread like a pita or focaccia. The combination of yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and herbs gives an interesting freshness to the food.
Alfredo | Italy
A symbol of Italian pasta and originally it was only prepared with Parmesan cheese and butter, today you can add a little parsley and heavy cream. Its classic flavor takes you to any avenue in Italy and although it is already a perfect complement to dishes with chicken, seafood, or vegetables, this sauce is one of the most popular in the world.
Guasacaca | Venezuela
With a Venezuelan tradition, in this sauce, we find that tropical essence from South America. Due to its light and creamy consistency, it is a mixture of avocado, pepper, parsley, and chopped coriander, in addition, it is given an acid touch with a teaspoon of vinegar. Although it is very similar to Mexican guacamole, in this recipe the flavor of the pepper stands out, and sometimes mayonnaise is even added to obtain an even smoother consistency.
BBQ | United States
A classic flavor known to most of the world, it emerged as a topping for liver steaks and hearts, but its spicy and bittersweet flavor adds an exquisite touch to any meat. Between the tomato, spices, honey, and vinegar, this American sauce goes perfectly with chicken wings, ribs, or meats that take on a smoky flavor when grilled.
Pico de gallo | Mexico
The popular sauce of Mexican snacks, pico de gallo is very simple to prepare with tomato, onion, coriander, and minced chili, which give a fresh touch to all the traditional dishes of Mexico. In molletes, tacos, quesadillas, and more, this exquisite sauce is full of the beautiful culture of the country. Have you tried?
Bittersweet | China
A great accompaniment to pork, rice, or noodles, this light orange sauce has an exotic flavor that has been around the world with different variables. The base of this sauce is rice vinegar and honey, but to obtain the already so characteristic tone, tomato puree, pineapple juice, and soy sauce are added.
Chimichurri | Argentina
In the typical Argentine barbecue, the perfect complement is the chimichurri and it cannot be missing. The parsley, garlic, oil, and vinegar are an explosion of flavors that give a spicy and delicious flavor to red meats or salads. Sure, you can also try more ingredients like bell pepper, onion, and coriander… The possibilities are endless!
Harissa | Morocco
A very typical Mediterranean sauce with a spicy flavor, it is obtained by crushing red peppers, garlic, coriander, cumin, and olive oil. It goes very well with couscous and tajines, but it also adds a lot of flavor to the fish and is delicious as an appetizer with pita bread.
What other sauce would you add to this TOP 10?
Deb G.8 months ago
Pico de gallo a sauce? Our definition of what constitutes a sauce couldn’t be more different. While full of rich spicy flavor, pico de gallo is kept in it’s primary form of chopped vegetables. It misses the elements of maceration, blending or cooking that’s needed to bring solids into a creamy (thick or thin) sauce.
Velas Magazine5 months ago
Hi, Deb. Thanks for your comment. The definition can vary from culture to culture, but in Mexico, Pico de Gallo is a very popular sauce in our gastronomy. Greetings.