It’s no secret that Italian-Americans feel strongly about their sauce. Whether it’s the age-old dispute of sauce vs. gravy or types of tomatoes or meat to use folks usually have a strong opinion. The Sunday sauce podcast episode is dedicated to demystifying the passion of the sauce.
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When a viewer shared their confusion around the Italian-American passion for sauce, we felt compelled to discuss.
The Sunday sauce podcast episode focuses on all things sauce to help explain what we believe fuels this passion.
The importance of the sauce
Sunday sauce has appeared in pop culture through the years as the stereotypical Italian-American meal. The Godfather, Goodfellas, The Sopranos, and many others have all depicted scenes of Italian-Americans preparing their sauce, and while each version is different, the one thing that remains constant is the passion!
For many Italian-Americans, sauce is part of their identity. Their methods may have been passed down from their nonna, while other nonnas have taken their recipe to the grave leaving their descendants to figure things out on their own.
But what actually makes a great sauce? We discuss the types of tomatoes (passata, crushed, whole, D.O.P, etc.), tomato paste, the method of cooking, and also share how we feel about jarred sauce.
As we fleshed out this topic, we came to the realization that the weekly recurrence of Sunday dinner, sauce and bread included, provides a sense of comfort and familiarity, and harkens back to a time when things were simpler.
And therein lies the passion.
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