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How to make Creole sauce, the most flavorful sauce

Creole sauce or tomato sauce as many Caribbean islanders call it, is one of the most delicious sauces you can make. Creole sauce is prepared in many ways. It adds flavors to mostly meat and poultry. Very often, the sauce is prepared with leftover marinade, cooking liquid from meat and poultry, or with just water, oil, tomato paste, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Flavoring is the key to Creole Sauce.

This type of sauce adds tons of flavor to any roasted, grilled, or fried meat or poultry. Many cooks will say that it is almost the cornerstone of making a delicious meal. In my opinion, it depends on your meal. Depending on the dish you are preparing, you may and may not need a sauce.

Creole Sauce or meat sauce
Creole Sauce or meat sauce

Why the name Creole Sauce

Wikipedia states that Creole sauce, also referred to as “red gravy,” Creole tomato sauce, and sauce piquant in New Orleans, is a Creole cuisine, Bahamian cuisine, and New Orleans cuisine sauce made by sautéing vegetables in butter and olive oil. It is used in the American south and the Bahamas. It is made with tomatoes, the Cajun holy trinity (celery, bell peppers, and onions), garlic, seasonings, and herbs. Stock (usually chicken) is also used and seasoned with cayenne, hot sauce, bay leaf, salt, black pepper, thyme, and parsley.

Scratch that, but yet don’t dismiss all of it!!! In the Caribbean and especially on the French side, Creole Sauce is also referred to as tomato sauce (“sauce de tomate” – not the same as the Italian tomato sauce). Many people prefer to create their sauce with water, oil, vegetables, spices, hot pepper and tomato sauce, or tomato paste. A Caribbean authentic Creole sauce is prepared with fresh veggies, fresh spices, and fresh herbs. Fresh veggies, fresh spices, and fresh herbs are usually found in many homes.

Can sauce ti-malice be found in restaurants

Yes, you will find the sauce in all Haitian restaurants. Many restaurant cooks and home cooks are opting to prepare the sauce with powdered seasoning either for taste or convenience. Adding powdery spices is a choice. Do not forget that sodium is added to many store-bought mixed spices. You must observe caution if you want a delicious sauce.

Herbs and spices such as parsley, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper are the common ingredients in every home. I usually use fresh or/and dried spices because, in my opinion, they add more flavors. All I have to do is add salt. This way, it is guaranteed that my sauce will be flavorful.

How to make sauce ti-malice

Creole Sauce is a condiment that normally contains lots of onions and also green bell peppers. In many Caribbean homes, adding a whole hot pepper is not uncommon. The use of a whole hot pepper is for flavor enhancement. When the sauce is boiling, the pepper must not burst. If it does burst, you must remove it immediately, otherwise, the sauce will be peppery hot.

To solve that issue, you can use a hot and spicy sauce like Noubess Hot and Spicy Original Sauce. This sauce will enhance the flavor of your sauce and make your meat dishes taste even better. And by the way, you only need 1/4 of a teaspoon of you making the sauce for 4 people.

If you want to use a fresh pepper, either slice or finely chop the pepper. The larger the pepper, the more fiery hot your sauce will be. This version is for people who prefer a hot peppery taste on game day or game night and even for a special gathering. For special gatherings, there are usually 2 versions of the sauce,  one hot and one mild.

Did you know that there are several types of herbs added to an authentic Creole Sauce? Yes, indeed! Herbs such as parsley and thyme are very aromatic and add a great balance to tomato paste or fresh tomatoes if using. Garlic adds more flavor and is a bit mild if only one clove is added. If it is 2 or more, the garlic taste will be a bit pungent, unless intended for a significant amount of sauce.

Creole Sauce or meat sauce
Creole Sauce or meat sauce

Creole Sauce cooking tips:

Now it is time to share some cooking tips.

  • Fresh garlic is the preferred choice for making an exquisite, and rich sauce.
  • Dried basil and bay leaf are also excellent.
  • Thyme is very aromatic and is a must in every kitchen
  • Use leftover cooking liquid from meat or poultry.
  • You can also use chicken broth or stock and even vegetable stock.
  • Be patient and let the tomato paste dissolve. And if using fresh tomatoes let them cook.
  • Always add hot or warm water and never cold water if you want to preserve the taste.
  • Next time you are cooking, do not discard your leftover cooking or marinade. Instead, use them to make the most flavorful and aromatic sauce.  Use this wonderful condiment to accompany your grilled, roasted, or fried meat and poultry.

An alternative cooking way loved by many Islanders:

Many islanders or people from the Caribbean prefer to make this sauce with herbs and spices blend or marinade. It is a preferred choice because the fresh marinade is very flavorful and will make your sauce taste even better. Also, when making this sauce with marinade, it is best to fry or cook the marinade before adding any other ingredients. The reason is that the herbs and spices need time to release their flavors and heat helps the process.

Another alternative cooking way even loved by many islanders:

Making Creole Sauce with leftover cooking liquid from meat or poultry is a great and quick alternative. When making this sauce with leftover cooking liquid from meat or poultry, it is best to reduce the liquid if it is too much and add your remaining ingredients. It is a good idea to dilute the tomato paste before adding it as well to avoid lumps.

Creole Sauce or meat sauce
Creole Sauce or meat sauce

I usually add freshly chopped tomatoes for flavor, preference, and because I find it healthier.

Next time you are cooking, do not discard your leftover cooking or marinade. Instead, use them to make the most flavorful and aromatic sauce.  Use this wonderful condiment to accompany your grilled, roasted, or fried meat and poultry.

Recipes using Creole sauce:

This is my own version of the Creole Sauce. There are many versions that is a bit more complicated than mine. I either use a mixture of fresh tomatoes and tomato paste for flavor, color, and consistency. I prefer a sauce with consistency to a sauce that is too liquid. Make sure you add a few drops of lemon juice at the end if you are not using any reserved meat or poultry cooking liquid. It makes such a difference. Enjoy!

Creole Sauce or meat sauce

Creole Sauce

Creole Sauce or the Haitian version of tomato sauce is flavorful and easy to make. Best served with grilled or roasted meat, poultry, and seafood. Also perfec to serve with grains dishes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients
  

  • 2 – 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Campari or Grapevine or Roma Tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Noubess Original Hot and Spicy Sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 medium onion scliced or julienned
  • 2 scallions thinly chopped
  • 2 – 3 sprigs of parsley finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • pinch or ground cloves or 2-3 whole cloves
  • 1 1/2 cup hot or boiled water
  • a few slices of green bell pepper optional
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a saucepan
  • Add tomato paste and fresh tomatoes. Stir all the chopped tomatoes by breaking them to smaller pieces.
  • Add marinade or chopped herbs and spices and hot and spicy sauce. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Add water or meat cooking liwuid or chicken broth or stock and adjust the taste.
  • Let boil to desired consistency.
  • Add a couple of drops of lemon or lime juice or even apple cider vinegar during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  • Adjust seasoning, add salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

  • This recipe will yield about 1 cup.
  • If using a whole hot pepper such as habanero, add when the sauce is about to boil, Remove before serving. 
  • Best to strain meat/poultry cooking liquid if using.
  • You can either use fresh tomatoes or tomato paste. Whichever ingredient you choose, make sure you use the right amount. (increase tomato quantity by 4 tomatoes; or use 1 – 2 tablespoon tomato paste)
  • Use green seasoning marinade instead of fresh herbs
  • Fresh garlic is the preferred choice for making an exquisite, and rich sauce.
  • Dried basil and bay leaf are also excellent.
  • Thyme is very aromatic and is a must in every kitchen
  • Use leftover cooking liquid from meat or poultry.
  • You can also use chicken broth or stock and even vegetable stock.
  • Be patient and let the tomato paste dissolve. And if using fresh tomatoes let them cook.
  • Always add hot or warm water and never cold water if you want to preserve the taste.
  • Making this sauce the simplest way is a matter of adding ingredients one after the other after cooking the tomato paste in the oil. 
  • An added and useful tip: adding a couple of drops of lemon or lime juice or even vinegar will take this sauce to another culinary level – very flavorful.
  • I usually add freshly chopped tomatoes for flavor, preference and because I find it healthier.
  • Next time you are cooking, do not discard your leftover cooking or marinade. Instead, use them to make the most flavorful and aromatic sauce.  
  • Use this wonderful condiment to accompany your grilled, roasted, or fried meat and poultry.

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword condiment, dipping sauce, gravy, meat sauce, poultry sauce
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Previously published. Updated to add additional instructions and tips.

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