A thick sauce made with beef broth and vegetables, this is one of the most popular sauces in Spain. It is generally used to accompany meat. Although it is named salsa espanola, or Spanish Sauce, it is similar to gravies served in other European countries. According to some gastronomic history sources, the sauce originated in Spain in the 1600's.
Salsa espanola is easy to prepare and is a healthy sauce that includes just a bit of oil. First, brown chopped onions, carrots, and a leak, then add beef broth and simmer for about 45 minutes to reduce the broth. Finally, puree the sauce and pass it through a sieve. Serve warm with meat dishes, such as roast beef, grilled steaks, or even beef kabobs.
- Peel and coarsely chop the onions, carrots and leak (including some of the green portion).
- Pour the olive oil into a large sauce pan or pot and heat on medium. Add the chopped vegetables and brown them for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure that the vegetables do not burn.
- As you stir, gradually sprinkle the flour into the vegetables and allow the mixture to cook on low heat for two to three minutes.
- Slowly pour in the beef broth, while stirring. Simmer for 45 minutes uncovered, on low heat.
- Once simmered, add salt to taste. Using a stick mixer or food processor, puree vegetables until smooth. Then, pour through a sieve. The sauce should not have any lumps.
Serve warm to accompany roast or grilled meats.
Other Classic Spanish Sauces
The sauces below are all classic sauces from Spanish cuisine.
- Pink Sauce Recipe- Salsa Rosa, a mayonnaise-based sauce great with shrimp and other shellfish
- Cilanto Green Sauce Recipe – Mojo de Cilantro, a cold vinegar-based sauce from the Canary Islands, serve with meat or fish, or drizzle over potatoes
- Red Pepper Sauce Recipe - Mojo Picon, a cold vinegar-based sauce from the Canary Islands, served as an accompaniment to potatoes, meat and fish
- Romesco Sauce Recipe - Salsa Romesco, made with roasted red pepper and roasted almonds, often served with fish or seafood
- Salbitxada Sauce Recipe from Cataluna, a simple vegetable-based sauce eaten with grilled green onions or other vegetables
- Piperrada Sauce Recipe - Basque Pepper Sauce, sweet pepper sauce served with a variety of meat or fish, including tuna and salt cod
- Spanish Tomato Sauce Recipe - Sofrito, basic Spanish tomato sauce that is served with many different dishes