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Hands-on Time
3 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Serves 22 (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
Photo: Oxmoor House

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.

Step 2

Bring to a boil.

Step 3

Cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes, covered.

Step 4

Carefully remove the lid, and blend with an immersion blender (or put the mixture into a blender with the center lid removed; cover opening with a towel). Puree until as smooth or as chunky as you like. This formula is a building block, and it's time to play.

Step 5

Add a splash or two of water if needed.

Step 6

Return the mixture to the pan, and, over low heat, simmer until the sauce is the texture you desire. Again, you can reduce tightly to a syrupy consistency, or not at all. It can take as long as an hour if you prefer sticky-sweet-syrupy sauces.

Step 7

Now, look at the sauces chart, look in your cupboard and your fridge, and start playing with herbs, spices, spirits, condiments, what have you.

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