With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Sweet and Sour Sauce

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sweet and Sour Sauce

There is something crazy good about the tantalizing combination of sweet and sour. It totally enhances meat, poultry and pork as well as vegetables. A little goes a long way as not to be overwhelming. This is a super easy, very tasty, pungent sauce using just 4 ingredients.


My mom didn't enjoy cooking or baking and preferred to be in the garden or at her sewing machine. Somewhere along the way she came up with this sweet and sour sauce probably because of its simplicity. Well, we all loved it and we have been making it for years.

It isn't the type of sauce you would stir your meat into but rather one that is best drizzled on as a condiment.

Since this recipe doesn't use cornstarch as a thickener, it take about thirty minutes to reduce to desired consistency. Begin making the sauce when you put your meat into the oven and let it simmer slowly until it reaches the thickness you like.

Sweet and Sour Sauce
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recipe easily halved or doubled

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water (you can substitute pineapple juice for the water, if desired)

Whisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

Additions:
Any of the following can be added and heated through at the end of the simmering time.

Sliced bell pepper
well drained pineapple chunks
sauteed sugar snap peas
drained water chestnuts
Maraschino cherries
sliced mushrooms
diced or thinly sliced carrots
sliced onions



 
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17 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh my goodness, this dish looks yummy! I love the S&S Sauce, thank you for the recipe. The food looks wonderful! Have a great week.
FABBY

Carol Z said...

I'll be over for dinner! Everything looks delicious. Hugs to you and John.

Pondside said...

That sounds delicious. I'd bet it would be very good with the meat pie you recently posted.

Cuparoons said...

Everything looks yummy! Will definately have to try out this sauce.

Melanie said...

Sounds so yummy, this is a must try!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like a nice easy sauce! I love vinegar and the possible addition of Maraschino Cherries is interesting:@)

lindsey said...

I love sweet and sour and your sauce looks wonderful!

Winnie said...

Sounds like a very tasty sauce
I'll have to try it, but with my veggies (as I'm a vegatarian)
Thanks!!

EMMA said...

Sounds so easy! will definitely be trying this very soon. I always put a slice of orange on my pork chops while grilling/frying, makes them sweet and sticky, this sauce will go just perfect with them. Anything that involves ketchup is a winner with my boys!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I love a good sweet and sour sauce.

Your photos make me swoon.

Robyn said...

This looks delicious and easy. Im going to copy the recipe because Im always looking for ways to spruce up chops for my husband. Thank you for posting this.
Robyn

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

This sounds like a delicious topping for pork! I would gladly grab that plate for my dinner tonight :)

Marysol said...

Oh, one of my favorite things!

When J and I were newlyweds, we were a permanent fixture at a local Chinese restaurant.
For years, we would only order sweet and sour shrimp. The restaurant is no longer, therefore, I am not walking away without your wonderful recipe.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I have never seen "sweet and sour" sauce look better! In fact, it is pictured so beautifully that it makes me wish for it, in this early morning hour.

Loraine, you could easily get a job with a top food magazine. Your food photography is exceptional!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

The sauce sounds so simple, why did I not think of it. You do have some eye pleasing meals. Your family must be so pleased.

Ann said...

sounds good and the meal on the plate is making me hungry. I love sweet and sour

katy said...

can this be canned?

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