Before I start on this sauce, I need to confess. It’s not my recipe. At all. It’s from Heidi over at 101 Cookbooks. And I think everyone should have it in their repertoire. It’s name is no gimmick either. It’s the real deal folks. It really is magic. It turns ho hum roasted vegetables into a dream. Scrambled eggs into something magnificent, grilled chicken into something pretty incredible, and stir fry into flavor-filled deliciousness. Don’t be intimidated by the ingredients. It only takes 5 minutes to pull together, but it will continue to bless your kitchen for days.
And it doesn’t disappoint, ever.
Bring a jar of this to your next dinner party. It’s a winner in my book. I’ve already made believers out of a handful of my girlfriends. Now they’re hooked. I warned them.
Magic Sauce Recipe
Recipe adapted from 101cookbooks.
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 medium cloves of garlic, smashed into a paste
1 dried bay leaf, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Using a mortar and pestle, lightly pound the rosemary, thyme and oregano together. Set aside.
Warm the olive oil over a medium-low heat in a skillet, until it is just hot, then remove from the heat. Stir in the paprika, garlic, crumbled bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and salt into the oil.
Add bruised herbs and lemon juice and lightly stir.
You can use the oil now to season dishes but as the oil ages over a few days it just gets better and better. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 7-10 days.
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