I can be okay in the kitchen when it comes to throwing together a meal. All I need is some veggies, rice or a potato, and sometimes a meat and presto, chango - a meal!
Not to toot my horn but I do a pretty good job, but - I am not a gravy person and the husband is a gravy person. I never remember till I am almost done. I begrudgingly make a gravy but he also has a jar of ready made on hand for when I don't bother.
The other night I came home to what I thought was going to be Creamy Southwest Chicken only to find a cold crock pot with my chicken drowning in salsa. I'll let you imagine the expletives that were flying from my mouth as I thought of alternatives and looked for a take out menu. I threw out the take out idea when it dawned on me that I went to Market on Saturday. I had a ton of fresh veggies!
I started chopping, roasting, boiling, and sauteing. Asparagus and bell peppers, tossed in olive oil and sea salt. Frozen chicken chopped up and thrown into a skillet with the brown rice doing what it does in its pot. As everything was finishing I realized that once again, no gravy. This seems like such a light summer fair that gravy would just not do.
Back to the cupboards and a plan was forming. What if I blended the fresh strawberries (so cheap I feel I stole them) with apple cider vinegar, and honey? So, I did. But, I did not stop there! I decided to make it a gravy and thicken it just a little bit on the stove with a bit of flour.
Throwing caution to the wind I dipped a bit of chicken in it, not bad. Asparagus was pretty good with the sauce too but it was not quite there, yet. Leave it to the Husband to come along and add hot sauce!
Not just hot sauce but, cayenne pepper, too! My we make a good team!
Hot and Sweet Strawberry Sauce
- 6-8 strawberries
- 2 tbsps honey
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- a pinch or two brown sugar
- Hot sauce and cayenne pepper to taste
- Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
- Serve cold or reduce it for a gravy.
Store leftover in a air tight container in the fridge.