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sauce tomate

one of the five ‘mother sauces’

Dennis Klein 2016-08-29

Sauce tomate, the base for numerous dishes, is neither ketchup nor what many of us from abroad call ‘tomato sauce’ at home. In France, it’s a rich creamy sauce made with cured ham or salt pork and mirepoix sautéed in butter or olive oil, and garlic, thyme, whole tomatoes and a bay leaf, simmered for at least two hours.

Traditionalists go even further and start a sauce tomate with roux.

A plain tomato sauce or puréed tomatoes is a coulis de tomate.

Sauces and condiments

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Dennis Klein klein2