Anyone who knows me knows that I'm constantly in search of great food, fun, and adventure!
Chef Nikki Shaw: A delicious sauce is one of my favorite things as a food lover. Every time I eat at a restaurant, it never fails: I must order extra salad dressing and sauce. A great sauce is the perfect "accessory" to any meal. Just like a beautiful matching set of jewelry, or coordinating your purse and shoes, accessories can transform an ordinary outfit into extraordinary!
There are a wide variety of sauces: dips, glazes, chutneys, salsas, relishes, marmalades, and many others. They can be sweet (warm chocolate fondue, caramel syrup, honey yogurt dip), savory (marinara, hollandaise, pesto) or a combination of both (honey mustard, mango salsa, raspberry vinaigrette). Take your pasta "over-the-top" with my simple Sweet Garlic Cream Sauce. Throw some sliced chicken or jumbo shrimp on top, and watch it disappear!
Sweet Garlic Cream Sauce
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, crushed
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup Parmesan, grated
3 tablespoons sugar
Sea salt, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to taste
1. In a medium saucepan, add butter and garlic. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
2. Stir in heavy cream. When mixture begins to lightly simmer, whisk in Parmesan. Let sauce cook on low heat for 7-9 minutes until it thickens, stirring constantly.
3. Add sugar, then add salt and pepper to taste (be careful when adding salt: Parmesan is naturally salty).
Enjoy over pasta with vegetables and chicken or seafood on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan before serving.
Servings: 4-6 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 15 minutes
"NIK TIP": Store-bought sauces are quick and convenient! However, you can "doctor" them up and make them even better. Try adding a little brown sugar to your BBQ sauce or white wine to tomato sauce.
In this bitter economy, I'll show you how to make life sweet right at home.
|Celebrity Chef Nikki Shaw is the owner of Flavor Caterer in Oakland, Ca. and was a finalist on the Food Network's "Next Food Network Star." She is the host of the radio show "Today's Flavor" broadcast on San Francisco's KBLX and webcast on WBLS in New York. She is married to LA Lakers' Assistant Coach Brian Shaw and lives in both Northern & Southern California with their three children. www.chefnikkishaw.com|