- Steak sauce
United States, steak sauce is a generic term used for various premade sauces for serving with meat. Most commonly, it refers to sauces served with quality beef and of western origin. The term "steak sauce" is derived from these sauces often being served with steak in restaurants. A1 Steak Sauceis among the most prominent brand sold in the U.SFact|date=August 2008.
United Kingdom, similar condiments are known generically as brown sauce, with HP Saucebeing one of the best-known brands. There, brown sauce is frequently served with a wide range of foods including bacon sandwiches and pie and mash.
United States and Canada
These sauces are normally brown or orange in color and often made from tomatoes, spices, vinegar, and raisins. Some contain anchovies. The taste is either tart or sweet with a peppery taste similar to
Worcestershire sauce, made by Lea & Perrins. A1 is a tart variant, while some other brands, like the regionally notable Cackalacky Classic CondimentCompany's Spice Sauce, offer a sweeter and spicier flavor. Along with A1 and Lea & Perrins, several smaller companies and specialty producers manufacture steak sauce. Most major grocery store chains also offer a private label brand of this type of sauce as "steak sauce". These private label sauces typically mimic A-1 or Lea & Perrinssteak sauce, which is slightly sweeter.
Often, Worcestershire sauce is referred to as a steak sauce, but it is not thick like other varieties.
Heinz 57is a steak sauce produced by Heinz. Unlike other steak sauces, it has a distinctive dark orange-yellow color and tastes more like ketchupspiced with mustard seed(Heinz advertises the product as "ketchup with a kick", although it had a harsher, some say more robust taste, before the flavor changed in 1985Fact|date=July 2007). A few grocery store chains offer this type of sauce as a private label item under similar names such as "7 sauce" or "59 sauce".
Use of steak sauce is generally limited to chopped steak or cuts of meat such as
plate steak. On finer cuts such as sirloinand short loin, use of sauces is discouraged so as not to overwhelm the natural flavor of the meat itself.
United Kingdom and Ireland
Brown sauce is a
condimentpopular in the United Kingdomand Republic of Ireland. There exist a number of different brandsand generic versions, of which HP Sauceis the most popular - sales of HP Brown Sauceand HP Fruity Sauceaccount for around 75% of value sales in the UK (source IRI, June 2006). In some regions of the UK, the DaddiesFavourite brand is also popular, in particular in the Midlands and West Country (source, IRI, Mar 07). Both brands have existed since the start of the twentieth century: HP Saucewas launched in 1903, and Daddies Sauce (also known as Daddies Favourite) was launched in 1904. Chef Brown Sauceis the most popular version produced in Ireland.
The recipe for
HP Sauceincludes a combination of malt vinegar, tomatoes, molasses, dates, tamarindand spices. Other brown sauce brands available in the UK use similar recipes.
Brown sauce is traditionally eaten with meals and dishes such as
full breakfasts, bacon sandwiches, chips and baked beans. Around Edinburgha combination of spirit vinegar and brown sauce, known simply as "sauce" or "chippie sauce", is popular on fish and chips.
In March 2008, HP announced the launch of HP Steak Sauce. This product featured a different recipe to the Original Brown Sauce, using a mix of spirit vinegar, tomatoes, black pepper, onion and cayenne pepper. The product includes serving suggestions including home-cooked steaks, home made burgers and premium sausages.
Brands of brown sauce
Chef Brown Sauce
Hammonds Chop Sauce
supermarkets also sell generic own-label brown sauces.
* [http://www.brownsauce.org brownsauce.org] - Website focused on HP brown sauce
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