Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Whenever we go out for Chinese, or anytime I cook anything remotely Asian in flavor, Shane likes to have plenty of sweet and sour sauce at the table.  Here is my own knock-off of Kraft Sweet and Sour Sauce.  It's the kind that is a light amber color, rather than the fake-y bright red stuff.  I haven't done a side-by-side comparison of the two, but I think I got pretty close with this one.

Annie's Sweet and Sour Sauce

1 Tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup pineapple juice (can use the juice from a large can of chunk pineapple)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 of a medium green bell pepper (about 1/8 cup finely chopped)
1 Tablespoon diced pimiento or finely chopped red bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 glove garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor; blend until peppers are finely minced.  Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.  Boil for 1 minute, until sauce has thickened.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Refrigerate leftovers.


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Sheila said...

Looks good--we love sweet and sour anything in this house.

slugmama said...

Gawd....give me a straw & I'd drink that stuff!lol
Just put some Red Dye #2 in your recipe and nobody would be able to tell the diff. between the restaurant stuff and yours I bet.

Now if you wanted to turn it into Duck Sauce(the stuff that is the same color as yours)add some apricot. ;-)

Lisa B. said...

Looks yummy Annie! We love sweet and sour chicken.

SonyaAnn said...

I'm saving this one! DJ will love you. He is severely allergic to red dye and can't have sweet and sour sauce and he loves it. Thank you!

Frances said...

Yummy! We love sweet and sour sauce!

McVal said...

Awesome! Thanks!

Leanne said...

I'll have a go at making this one. I'm not a huge fan of sweet and sour and I don't mind it in small portions but Robert loves it. It's his tester meal every time we've tried a new chinese restaurant:)

Mine is dry salt and chili chicken.

The Daring Domesticate said...

Thanks for the follow!

Also, I can't wait to try out this sweet and sour sauce. It sounds really, really good!