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Simple Sauces to Enhance Beef Flavors

November 19, 1989

A simple sauce enhances the flavor of beef to perfection. For a taste treat, use one of these sauces the next time you grill steaks or roast beef.

For Brown Curry Sauce, heat 1 tablespoon butter or margarine in heavy 1-quart saucepan. Add 1/2 cup chopped onion and cook until tender. Stir in 2 tablespoons curry powder and 1 finely chopped large onion. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Stir in 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons brown sugar and 1 1/4 cups beef broth. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/4 cup additional beef broth until well blended. Then, stir cornstarch mixture into curry mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Season to taste with salt. Makes about 1 1/2 cups sauce.

For Herb Mayonnaise, combine 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/8 cup chopped green onions, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon basil leaves and 1/3 teaspoon salt in blender container. Cover and process until smooth, stopping blender and scraping sides occasionally. Makes about 2 cups.

Mustard Sauce is made with 1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon dried tarragon leaves. Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours, but no longer than 5 days. Stir before serving. Makes about 1 cup.

Horseradish Sauce calls for 1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream, 1/4 cup horseradish, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper. Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours, but no longer than 5 days. Stir before serving. Makes about 1 cup.

For Creamy Dill Sauce, combine in bowl 1 (8-ounce) carton low-fat yogurt, 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley, 2 teaspoons dill weed, 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours, but no longer than 5 days. Stir before serving. Makes about 1 cup.

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