So, I will show you the making of my first batch of Mama's Sauce!
Step 1, assemble all necessary equipment:
The Dr. Pepper and Bon Jovi are my secret ingredients!
The chorus to the title track of this album says
"Oh, If there's one thing I hang onto
That gets me through the night
I ain't gonna do what I don't want to;
I'm gonna live my life
Shining like a diamond,
Rolling with the dice
Standing on the ledge,
I'll show the wind how to fly
When the world gets in my face,
Have A Nice Day!
Have A Nice Day!"
aaahhh, some days the rebel comes out ya know?
This goes in almost everything I cook, along with garlic and Lea & Perrins.
the front burner has mixed vegetables and broccli coming to boil, the back burner has an onion and garlic sauteing in butter. Lea & Perrins stands at the ready.
Well, now I know how to make fake vomit! Mixed veggies and tomato sauce in a blender! I mean it...at various stages of the puree this was positively revolting!
For Mr Alligator to eat it, this had to be as smooth as ketchup. He'll pick out anything he can. Therefore I spent some time at the blender. I actually dumped the whole thing in 1 pot, the took about 1/3 blender at a time and pureed smooth, then put into a different pot till there were no chunks anywhere.
Then I started seasoning it. I kept taking small cups out to the boys as I'd go and kept at it till Gator would eat it WITHOUT grimacing.
I divided this in 3 parts, froze two of them and we're eating the third.
Our first meal, pasta with Mama's Sauce
Veggies in every bite. You just can't beat that!! Next week I'll braise some chicken legs in it and see how that turns out. Basically this can be used just like you would Barbecue sauce.
Now, let's see if I can remember the recipe....yes, I took (scant) notes.
2lb bag mixed veggies
1lb bag chopped broccli
3 cloves of garlic
3 Tbs butter (I use the real stuff)
2 29oz cans tomato sauce
2 cans water (separated)
Cook veggies till tender then drain, saute garlic and onion in butter till soft.
start adding veggies, garlic and onion to the blender, add some tomato sauce or water to each blender-full so it will puree easier. if you run out of tomato sauce or water before you've gotten all the big chunks out then add back some of the already pureed sauce.
3 heaping Tbs Italian Seasoning
3 or 4 good shakes of Tony's Creole Seasoning
maybe 1/3 bottle or so of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
I actually got it too hot and spicy for the kids so I then added
1 tsp sugar
3 dollops of milk
sugar cuts saltiness...and vice versa.
Tony's is the best, but it has a fair bit of salt in it so don't add any other forms of salt (garlic salt, table salt, etc) without taste testing.
milk cuts spicyness.
Once all was said and done, I let it simmer on the stove for about an hour or so, stirring regularly. This helps to blend all the flavors into one sauce and makes it better overall.
So, there you have it folks. Works for me! It took quite a bit of doing though, however, just knowing that he's now eating veggies again was more than worth it! Once he's old enough to understand we'll go to the "you don't get down from the table till you've had some veggies...and no I won't bring you a pillow!"....but till then here we are.
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