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Old 06-30-2006, 12:32 PM   #1
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ISO: Marsala Sauce

My cul-de-sac is having a bbq/block party this weekend. I'm looking for a Marsala sauce to pour over chicken or pork; Something that can sit on a buffet table and not lose it's consistency.

So far, I'm making a marsala & mushroom sauce from pancetta drippings. Normally, I whip in some butter, but I'm afraid that it will thicken too much as the butter cools.

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Old 06-30-2006, 01:00 PM   #2
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You need to keep the sauce warm. Any fat in the sauce will solidify and become unappetizing.
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:14 PM   #3
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That's the problem. I have no good way of keeping it warm and no electricity. I could serve it in a hot, ceramic bowl, but that's about it.

I've thought about using a little cream instead of butter or omitting the butter all together. The other option would be to bring it out just before the meat is served but timing may be an issue. Beer and BBQs often lead to poor time management.
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:22 PM   #4
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You can always go out and buy a disposable chafing dish with a "sterno" heating can. They are throw away metal frames with aluminum inset pans with 2 "sterno" cans underneath. They sell in my area for about $10.00.

Perhaps someone else will chip in with you to keep some other hot dish safe and hot.
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:22 PM   #5
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How about a chafing dish with a candle or a can of sterno under it?
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:28 PM   #6
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Does this "go" with BBQ? That said, I think it will be fine as is. If you are afraid it will thicken with the butter make it a little thinner.
Another way of keeping it warm would be the carry covers made for large dishes--have an insert that you heat in the microwave and put in the cover to keep the dish hot. They keep it VERY hot.
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Many of my neighbors haven't tried Marsala, and are interested in doing so. I am also serving carrots cooked in marsala. I'm also hoping to expose any 'closet foodies' that may exist.

I'm going to grill chicken breasts marinaded in lemon, garlic & olive oil. It's not burgers & franks, but it's still BBQ. It'll be good.
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Ahhhh. I will only slightly take you to task. While I do realize that in many parts of the country--maybe most--"BBQ" stands for "grilling out", in the Carolinas and the South to Texas, "BBQ" is a noun standing for pulled pork or pork BBQ. ;o)
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Ahhhh. I will only slightly take you to task. While I do realize that in many parts of the country--maybe most--"BBQ" stands for "grilling out", in the Carolinas and the South to Texas, "BBQ" is a noun standing for pulled pork or pork BBQ. ;o)
In my dialect, it more accurately means beer and open flames
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Old 06-30-2006, 05:04 PM   #10
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That would be yet another synonym.
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