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Steak sauce is a dark brown sauce commonly served as a condiment for beef in the United States. The original sauce which 'steak sauce' is derived from is known in Britain as "brown sauce". Also derived from "brown sauce" in Japan tonkatsu sauce has a slight variation in ingredients.
Steak sauce is normally brown or orange in color and often made from tomatoes, spices, vinegar, and raisins and sometimes anchovies. The taste is either tart or sweet with a peppery taste similar to Worcestershire sauce. The brand A1 Steak Sauce is a tart variant. There are also numerous regional brands that feature a variety of flavor profiles. Along with A1 and Lea & Perrins, several smaller companies and specialty producers manufacture steak sauce, and most major grocery store chains offer private-label brands. These sauces typically mimic the slightly sweet flavor of A-1 or Lea & Perrins.
Heinz 57 is a steak sauce produced by H. J. Heinz Company which, unlike other steak sauces, has a distinctive dark orange-yellow color and tastes more like ketchup spiced with mustard seed (Heinz once advertised the product as " like ketchup with a kick".
- Kenneth T. Farrell (31 August 1998). Spices, Condiments and Seasonings. Springer. pp. 308–. ISBN 978-0-8342-1337-1. Retrieved 25 November 2012.