Brown sauce

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This article is about the common British condiment. For the meat stock based sauce, see Brown sauce (meat stock based). For other uses, see Brown sauce (disambiguation).
Branston brown sauce

Brown sauce is a traditional condiment served with food in the United Kingdom and Ireland, normally brown or dark orange in color. The best known brown sauce is HP Sauce, a spicy and tangy variety. Brown sauce is traditionally eaten with meals and dishes such as full breakfasts, bacon sandwiches or chips and baked beans.

The ingredients include a varying combination of tomatoes, molasses, dates, tamarind, spices, vinegar, and sometimes raisins or anchovies. The taste is either tart or sweet with a peppery taste similar to Worcestershire. It is similar but not identical to steak sauce in the United States, which historically derives from brown sauce, barbecue sauce in Australia, and tonkatsu sauce in Japan.

Around Edinburgh, a combination of spirit vinegar (or water) and brown sauce, known simply as "sauce" or "chippy sauce", is popular on fish and chips.[1]

A recipe for "sauce for steaks," composed of ale, wine, ketchup, pepper and butter, appeared in an 1862 cookbook published in London.[2]

Common brands[edit]

HP Sauce is the most popular brown sauce in the UK, accounting for around 75% of value sales in the UK.[3] In some regions of the UK, Daddies is also a very popular sauce, especially in the Midlands and West Country.[4]

Most supermarket chains in the UK and Ireland also stock their own brand of brown sauce. As with other condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard, brown sauce is widely available in catering sachets and dispenser bottles in restaurants.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chippie Sauce", cooksinfo.com
  2. ^ The Practical Family Cookery Book. London: Ward & Lock. 1862. p. 56. 
  3. ^ IRI, June 2006
  4. ^ IRI, March 2007