Worcestershire sauce

 Worcestershire sauce Key facts First made in Worcester in 1837 by two dispensing chemists, John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins, the sauce soon became popular for flavouring meat dishes and stews, as well as in cocktails. Ingredients include molasses, tamarind, garlic, onions, cloves, soy sauce, lemons and, as Delia says, anchovies.

The very best-loved of English bottled sauces. I know an American foodie who has crates of the stuff sent over, because the American version never tastes as good.

It's such a clever sauce because if you were asked (and didn't know) what the main ingredient was, you would never guess. It's anchovies, but only the finest anchovies from the Basque region of Spain, blended with shallots, onions and garlic and matured for three years. Worcestershire sauce is a flavour provider and enhancer, a real stalwart for jazzing up stocks, gravies and sauces, and for enlivening disappointing ready meals.

Even outside the kitchen it has another pride of place, and that's at every glitzy bar from Teesside to Thailand – because no Bloody Mary anywhere in the world could not include it.

Related Recipes
Bloody Mary Soup Serves 2

Bloody Mary Soup

A spicy low-fat soup that has a lovely kick of Tabasco and balsamic to complement the tomatoes. You can even add a shot of vodka if you've a mind to!

Carrot and Leek Soup Serves 4 as a main course

Carrot and Leek Soup

Using the best of winter's root vegetables, this hearty soup is packed with nutritional goodness and will make a good lunch or supper for one.

A Mixed Grill with Apricot Barbecue Glaze Serves 6

A Mixed Grill with Apricot Barbecue Glaze

Use whatever meats you like, and chicken: the most important element is this lovely tangy, fruity glaze that lifts a barbecue into another realm…

Individual Steak, Mushroom and Kidney Pies Serves 6

Individual Steak, Mushroom and Kidney Pies

Sometimes it looks more elegant to serve individual pies, especially when entertaining. These lovely little morsels of meat and mushrooms really fit the bill…

Hot and Sour Pickled Prawns Serves 4 as a starter

Hot and Sour Pickled Prawns

This stunning prawn starter is easy to make and will wow your guests with its intriguing mix of flavours - a wonderful way to start a special meal.




CMS solutions by REDtechnology.com