Just a family of six trying to eat healthier, cleaner, more delicious foods, all while living in the real world.
pan sauces are easy: remove meat from skillet. Add alliums (onions, garlc, etc). When brown, add alcohol (wine, bourbon, etc) and/or broth (chicken stock). Simmer and reduce. Add heavy cream and herbs. Simmer and reduce. Off heat, add butter, salt, and pepper, and maybe a splash of vinegar. Done.Also look into homemade mayonnaise, hollandaise, and bearnaise.
My favorite for steak; Fry the seasoned steaks ( I usually season with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder) in a pan and remove the steaks, keep warm in oven. Add red wine to the hot pan and whisk up bits on bottom of pan. Simmer until reduced to about a tablespoon per serving of meat remains and add a chunk of butter (maybe a couple of tablespoons) and whisk in just until melted and sauce looks silky, don't boil or cook it too long or it'll break. Serve over steak.
I just made a sauce tonight that I put on salmon patties. It would be good on meat, fish or vegetables. I used 1/3 cup coconut milk, tablespoon Dijon mustard, juice of one quarter lemon (about one tablespoon), one tablespoon of coconut oil, and then thickened it with some arrowroot starch. Sorry I don't always measure things, I just sort of wing it!
We've been making our own bbq sauce, which, when you sweeten with stevia, is completely without guilt. (Many recipes.) One of my favorites is the simplest, and takes no cooking time: 3/4 cup prepared yellow mustard, 1/4 cup (or less) Franks Red Hot or other hot sauce, 1/8 cup any vinegar, three tablespoons tomato paste, seveal good shakes of liquid smoke, stevia to sweeten. Mix and done. Usually I make a more tomato-based bbq, but this simple mustard-based bbq is really easy and quick.
My husbands favourite sauce for steak is so simple. I just saute some sliced mushrooms with butter, minced garlic and herbs (usually fresh thyme, or just dried mixed herbs). Then I add chopped semi-dried tomatoes. Finally I add heavy cream, and simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened a bit. Voila! Serve it over grass-fed steak, with a nice side salad, and it's a fantastic meal.