The Finishing Touch – 5 Sauces And Glazes To Elevate Your Holiday Offerings

Unique Sauces & Glazes to Elevate Holiday Dishes
Recipe Oct 17
By Elaine Mikesell 1 Comment

As the holiday season approaches, it’s the ideal time to showcase your culinary creativity with unforgettable sauces and glazes that enhance our premium meats and seafood.

One key to exceeding their expectations is using premium sauces and glazes. These creations enhance flavors, elevate visual presentations, and transform traditional dishes into gourmet sensations.

Continue reading as we introduce you to five exceptional glaze & sauce ideas for taking our industry-leading meat and seafood products to unforgettable heights.

Sweet Bourbon Glaze

Elevate your holiday offerings with a rich, Sweet Bourbon-infused glaze, adding depth and elegance to every special occasion meal. Along with a quality Bourbon whiskey offering rich and smoky overtones, consider using ingredient combos, including brown sugar, soy sauce, dijon mustard, garlic, black pepper, and apple cider vinegar.

This versatile glaze allows you to experiment with different ingredient combos depending on your intended dish. Use it liberally to add a touch of sophistication to various meat dishes.

Brush the glaze on grilled or baked chicken dishes for a smoky sweetness blend that deepens during cooking. Or make a bold statement with your Christmas Duck breast cornerstone meal, once again brushing the meat during cooking and letting the runoff simmer around the poultry for added character. Seafood lovers will devour this glaze when used on baked or grilled salmon filets.

Citrus Drizzle Sauce

Infuse a burst of citrus freshness into your holiday dishes with our vibrant Citrus Drizzle Sauce, perfect for lighter meal options. Seafood and poultry dishes are the leading pairings for this sauce. Experiment with different combos of these ingredients, and see what sparks your imagination.

Start with fresh juices from oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes. Adding extra virgin olive oil thickens the base, allowing you to drizzle this sauce onto the meat with ample adhesion. Add combos of fresh herbs like cilantro, mint, and chopped basil to add an aroma for the diner to savor.

Agave nectar or honey will balance the acidity from the fruit juices and add adhesion to the meat’s outer surface, along with sweet flavor undertones. Complete the drizzle with salt and pepper to your preference.

Use this Citrus Drizzle sauce on presentations such as grilled shrimp skewer main dishes or as a dip for shrimp appetizers. Roast chicken breasts are also a great option. This sauce is an adaptable addition to your holiday menu’s lighter options.


Smoked Chipotle Sauce

Delight spicy food enthusiasts this holiday season with our bold Smoked Chipotle Sauce, a perfect addition to any festive menu. Bring smoky, fiery depth to your venue’s holiday grill menu to warm up diners as they come in from the cold.

Smoked, dried jalapeño peppers provide the sauce’s base. For body and thickness, add fresh tomatoes. Finally, add your favorite combination of onions, garlic, vinegar, brown sugar, honey, cumin, salt, and pepper.

Options for this sauce are nearly endless. Brush it onto premium grilled, dry-aged steaks, or wow burger fans by adding it to our Angus Chuck. Pulled pork sandwiches and tacos also pair perfectly with savory Chipotle heat.

Yuletide Cabernet Elegance

Enhance your top-tier holiday selections with the profound flavors of our Yuletide Cabernet Sauce, a luxurious red wine reduction.

Begin with a quality Cabernet or Merlot for the base. For aromatic depth, and shallots or onions. Experiment with garlic and herbs, including rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, plus salt & pepper to taste. Savory, melted butter for thickness and body rounds out the ingredients.

A premium selection of red meats pair wonderfully with red wine gravies. Who can resist Filet Mignon or Prime Rib for the perfect Christmas meal?

Lamb lovers will also appreciate this sauce as it complements their premium dishes, including boneless loins or classic lamb chops.

Cranberry-Orange Balsamic Drizzle

Cranberries are a holiday meal staple, and this sauce is a delightful lure for your venue’s festive lineup. Add this versatile sauce to your best poultry and pork dishes.

Fresh-squeezed orange juice mixed with cranberries gives you a crimson hue, adding visual appeal to the tasty sophistication. Add balsamic vinegar, honey, and a pinch of cinnamon for a comforting holiday spice note.

Use this sauce for any roasted chicken or pork loin dish as a presentation drizzle and/or during cooking for a sophisticated, holiday-inspired savoriness. It also works as a dipping sauce for artisan bread appetizers or alongside cheese platters.

Happy Holidays From Northwest Meats

Let these innovative holiday sauces and glazes inspire your festive menu, enhancing both the flavor and presentation of your premium dishes. Whichever option you choose, we are sure these meals will bring you repeat business during every holiday.

From our entire team at Northwest Meat Company, we extend our warmest wishes to you and your staff for a happy and profitable holiday season. Thank you for choosing us as your culinary partner, and we look forward to serving you in the coming year. For the best selection of meat and seafood cuts for the 2023 holiday season, place your orders now before the rush.

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