Backyard Awesome Sauce


May 10, 2013 by Renee

Backyard Awesome Sauce

You have all those herbs growing in your backyard, so now what are you going to do with them? Why make an awesome sauce, of course. In fact, let’s go ahead and just call this one Backyard Awesome Sauce.

I’ll tell you how I made mine, but please just take it as an inspiration. I got my idea from the divine Nigella and her salmoriglio sauce from Kitchen. Basically, all you need is garlic, lemon juice, fresh herbs, and extra virgin olive oil. Have fun with the herb combo, but most importantly, use what’s fresh and hopefully growing at your house. I used Italian parsley, oregano, and basil.

Fresh Herb Sauce

And once you’ve made it, the possibilities are endless. You can throw it on a sandwich, drizzle it over grilled meat, toss it with some pasta and Parmesan cheese, or just dip some nice crusty bread in it. I mean, you can basically stick this stuff anywhere.

The flavor is fresh and vibrant. It just tastes like green. I like to pretend I’m fancy and French and involve some baguette action, along with some charcuterie (a fancy word for salami) and some difficult to pronounce cheese  Throw in a glass of white wine and some Carla Bruni, and I might as well dust off the black beret I used to wear in high school. No joke. That really happened.

You can throw this together in about ten minutes then mix and match it for days of tastiness. How awesome is that?

Backyard Awesome Sauce with Fresh Herbs

Backyard Awesome Sauce
recipe adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson

2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tsp coarse salt
30 grams fresh herbs (I used ten each of oregano, basil, and Italian parsley)
4 Tbsp lemon juice (don’t skimp, it really brightens the flavor)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Put the garlic, salt, herbs, and lemon juice into your food processor and switch it on for about 20 seconds, or until everything is nice and pasty. You may need to scrape down the sides and give it a few more pulses.
  • With the processor running, drizzle in your extra virgin olive oil. Process until it emulsifies, aka, turns into sauce.
  • Drizzle over just about anything savoury that you’d like to make herby and delightful.

4 thoughts on “Backyard Awesome Sauce

  1. I love the sound of this sauce! I have oregano, basil and parsley plants too, so will have to give this a go! 🙂

  2. That totally is an awesome sauce. We just planted our herb garden today. I am SO excited!

    • Renee says:

      That’s great! What’s better than eating something you grew yourself? We’re so lucky that ours grows year round.

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