Gourmet cooking is supposedly not for “a simple man” like my husband. That’s what he said. However, I often serve him gourmet foods just prepared in a low-effort manner. Yes, that’s possible. In fact, if you look up the definition of gourmet, it almost describes Adam’s taste in food to a T:
- Someone who is a connoiseur of good food and drink.
- Gourmet food is of the highest quality and flavor, prepared well and presented in an artful manner.
(Taken from gourmetfood.about.com)
So, in actuality, Adam is a fine, gourmet eater –he just doesn’t realize.
I mention all this because two nights ago, I served a gourmet meal. I call it that, because it was “of the highest quality and flavor”. I say this because I served my husband rice flour-breaded chicken, cooked Lizbeth Lane Gourmet Cuisine’s Roasted Red Pepper and Basil Cream simmering sauce. Drooling yet?
It was the easiest recipe. I think I started my cooking about 25 minutes before we wanted to eat. The product was wonderful.
Allergy-Related Information: Gluten-Free, Egg-Free
Pros: I don’t have to say that this sauce looks amazing, although it does. I don’t have to
say that the chunks of fresh vegetables (red peppers, onion, basil, garlic, and red pepper flakes) simmering in a cream-based, tomato sauce doesn’t appear like I just spent hours making it myself, but it really does! I love how fresh this simmering sauce appears! I would most-definitely be comfortable serving this fresh-looking sauce to guests without feeling guilty that I actually dumped it in a pan from a jar. Quality sauce here!
Versatility is always key to me in regards to sauces. I love the versatility offered with this sauce. Adam was thinking about this sauce a while after eating (a few days, actually) — that’s saying alot for this company — and he said he would love to use this sauce to top his venison sausage. I could see it as a thick marinara sauce for dipping or a pizza sauce. The possibilities are endless!
As a foodie and a love of gourmet foods, I love balanced, contrasting, and complimenting flavors. I really think the addition of parmesan cheese to this sauce would send it over the top!