Modern-day convenience has made it that you can enjoy a wide variety of food types straight out a can, jar, or packet. It’s often the case, however, that most flavors aren’t as intense as you’d prefer them to be. This is because food companies are aiming to cater to a large number of palettes. This doesn’t mean that you should compromise and get bored of what was once your favorite food or condiment, because there is so much you can do to add a twist on taste.
Spaghetti sauce in a jar is no exception. Just because it’s ‘spaghetti’ sauce doesn’t mean that you can only enjoy it on spaghetti, as it also makes for an awesome addition to your choice of meals (starches, veggies, or meats.) They come in a variety of types -in consistency and flavor- from different manufacturers. Most use tomato paste as a base, with spices thrown in for extra zing. If your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce is starting to taste too familiar, keep reading to learn how to make jar spaghetti sauce better.
Add Some Fresh Garlic
Garlic has a naturally strong flavor that goes well with a very wide variety of food types. Try chopping up a couple of cloves in decent sizes (depending on your tolerance and preference of intensity) and mixing it in with your spaghetti sauce before using it with your meal. Garlic is packed with compounds that activate and intensify compatible chemical components in spaghetti sauce, giving it a whole new taste. For a more intense flavor, leave chopped garlic in the spaghetti sauce and store it for the next time you want to enjoy it, giving more time for the garlic’s flavor to spread and mingle. Swap fresh garlic for grilled or fried chopped garlic for different perspectives of the same flavor.
Spice it Up!
Spices provide one of the most potent and diverse ways of changing the taste of your jar spaghetti sauce. You are also free to add them in whenever you like, before, during, and after serving, all of which give a great twist of flavor. To bring out their full richness, add your spice of choice (or blend of spices) to a minimal amount of oil, fry them up for a minute or so, and then mix in your spaghetti sauce –then thank us later. The diversity of spices makes it a culinary adventure when trying our new combinations and flavors.
You can beef up the flavor of your spaghetti sauce by adding cooked meat to it. Do this before serving and enjoy a more filling meal. Spaghetti sauce is usually based on tomatoes, which are acidic in nature. This is great for using together with meats, because these acids break down fats and proteins in the meat, allowing them to release their flavors. Try out different types of meats, such as sausages and salami, or chunks of fish and seafood for a lighter richness without changing out the depth of flavor.
Wine about It
To add some glamor to your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce, pour in some wine -preferably red- and heat lightly in a saucepan as they mix. The wine will bring out a stimulating tang in the spaghetti sauce, as it too contains acidic compounds, which mix in very well. Don’t worry too much about your diners getting tipsy, as the process of heating breaks down the alcohol in the wine. Wine improves the aesthetic appeal of your jar spaghetti sauce by deepening its (red) color and giving it a welcoming aroma.
If you prefer a slick sauce to enjoy with your meal, adding in cheese, cream, or butter to your jar spaghetti sauce is sure to check that box. Any of these dairy products melt when exposed to heat, easily mixing in and spreading its goodness throughout the rest of the sauce. You also get to enjoy a great nutritional boost from all the compounds locked in dairy products. The smooth, glossy look these dairy products give to your spaghetti sauce makes them mouthwatering even before they touch your taste buds. For butter, it’s best to mix it in with your sauce in a saucepan as you add heat, while cream and cheese (grating some over the dish can give you great flair and hosting props) can be added once served.
Your favorite kind of nuts is sure to make awesome alterations to your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce. Nuts add great texture to the sauce, by making it crunchier. You can scale the crunchiness up or down by putting in the nuts whole or crushing them into little bits. For deeper integration, grind the nuts down until they are almost in powder form and mix them into your spaghetti sauce. If you prefer to enjoy them whole, but with not so much crunch, submerge the nuts into the sauce for at least a day, (where they can absorb moisture from the sauce) or let them simmer with a slightly diluted (with water or milk) spaghetti sauce. Once it gets to your preferred consistency, serve it up and enjoy.
Try out any of the above as they are, with your own unique twists; alone or in combination. Cooking is awesome and doesn’t have limits on creativity and preference, so feel free to find new ways to bring the best out of your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce. Sometimes what you eat with the spaghetti sauce makes all the difference, so also try out more of your favorite foods to accompany it. Add it to condiments too -such as tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard- and make delicious dips for savory snacks. Gain a new appreciation for your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce by making it your first go-to when fixing up any selection of savory snacks and dishes.
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