Sauce

Get the sauce right and the whole dish will follow suit: avoid lumpy, floury sauces with Delia's selection of the very best, from classics to more recent finds.

 
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Turkey Escalopes with Caramelised Apples and Cider Vinegar SauceServes 2

Turkey Escalopes with Caramelised Apples and Cider Vinegar Sauce

This is one of the fastest recipes ever, yet absolutely five star. Because the flavour is so good you can't believe it all happens as quickly as it does. For this reason, make sure you have everything prepared and assembled ahead.

 
 
Italian Green Sauce (Salsa Verde)Serves 2

Italian Green Sauce (Salsa Verde)

This is a strong-flavoured, quite garlicky sauce that does wonders for plain mackerel fillets or some grilled trout. This behaves rather like a very thick vinaigrette and, before each serving, always needs to have another mix.

 
 
Tempura with Prawns, Shiitake Mushrooms and Aubergine with a Dipping SauceServes 2 as a first course, or as a main course served with rice

Tempura with Prawns, Shiitake Mushrooms and Aubergine with a Dipping Sauce

This is designed for beginners, just to get the feel of making tempura and the practice. There are, of course, many different types of ingredient that can be used, such as squid, whitebait, chillies, pieces of green pepper, baby scallops, onion rings

 
 
Barbecued Sardines with Summer Herb SauceServes 4

Barbecued Sardines with Summer Herb Sauce

One of the best things about summer has to be barbecuing - and sardines lend themselves to this method of cooking. Finish them off with a luscious herby sauce for a true taste of the Mediterranean.

 
 
Yoghurt Seafood SauceServes 4-6

Yoghurt Seafood Sauce

This is a lovely, piquant but very easy sauce for shellfish.

 
 
Wild Mushrooms in Madeira en Croûte with Foaming Hollandaise SauceServes 6

Wild Mushrooms in Madeira en Croûte with Foaming Hollandaise Sauce

This recipe is ideal for entertaining; you can make the filling and pastry cases the day before. Serve with Foaming Hollandaise Sauce, see Related Recipe below, which can also be made ahead.

 
 
Spring Sauce for LambServes 6

Spring Sauce for Lamb

I always part company with mint sauce if it's made with malt vinegar which completely overpowers the flavour of the lamb, but the following sauce - my grandmother always served with lamb.

 
 
Pepper-Crusted Fillet of Beef with  Roasted Balsamic Onions and ThymeServes 4-6

Pepper-Crusted Fillet of Beef with Roasted Balsamic Onions and Thyme

A Sunday lunchtime treat: a pepper crust helps to keep the meat succulent while roasting, while the onions and thyme adds intriguing flavours and a hint of Italian to this superb recipe.

 
 
Gammon Steak with Honey and Mustard SauceServes 1

Gammon Steak with Honey and Mustard Sauce

This is so quick and effortless – and proves that simplicity is so often the best. Excellent served with quick stir-fried cabbage.

 
 
Poached Pear in Caramel SauceServes 1

Poached Pear in Caramel Sauce

This makes just the right-sized, and most attractive, dessert for one. This idea also works very well with a poached peach in the summer. To poach a peach, follow the same method as for the pear...

 
 
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