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my mango sauce is missing something.......

charles_sills Jan 13, 2013 01:34 PM

hi all. I simmered onions, garlic, ginger, mangoes, salt, pepper, dried chilies, limes, and orange juice for about an hour and pureed it. i plan on using it on some chicken that is marinading. it taste good right now, good sweetness, bit of spice, sourness/acidity. but it seems its missing a certain something, any recommendations of what i should add? i thought about soy sauce, but i dont want to make it taste any saltier. i dont really know what it needs, i just think it needs something.

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    wyogal Jan 13, 2013 01:36 PM

    fresh jalapenos. That's the only way I like mangoes.

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      magiesmom Jan 13, 2013 01:41 PM

      fresh uncooked lime juice.

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        wyogal Jan 13, 2013 01:44 PM

        That's a great idea! and simple, too.

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          charles_sills Jan 13, 2013 02:07 PM

          that is a great idea. sadly i used both my limes already. and spent my last 20 bucks on beer and cigarettes haha.

        2. twyst Jan 13, 2013 02:13 PM

          Are you sure it just doesn't need more salt? More often than not, the "missing something" is salt, a little salt does wonders to make things taste more like themselves and more rounded.

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            magiesmom Jan 13, 2013 02:18 PM

            if no more lime a splash of lemon or white wine vinegar.
            and I bet it does indeed need more salt.

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              charles_sills Jan 13, 2013 02:19 PM

              ill add more salt. i suppose it would be hard to make it too salty, since after all it is a sauce, and not a soup!

              1. re: charles_sills
                twyst Jan 13, 2013 02:22 PM

                "ill add more salt. i suppose it would be hard to make it too salty, since after all it is a sauce, and not a soup!"

                You can definitely make a sauce too salty. If you can taste the salt in it dont add any more!

              2. re: twyst
                twyst Jan 13, 2013 02:20 PM

                if you arent sure if it needs more salt or not, just get a spoonfull of your mango puree, sprinkle a couple of salt flakes on it, and see if it tastes better or if it just makes it taste salty

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                  C. Hamster Jan 13, 2013 02:30 PM


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                  sr44 Jan 13, 2013 04:20 PM

                  Or fish sauce.

                3. charles_sills Jan 13, 2013 03:44 PM

                  i didnt add anything. it tasted wonderful with the fairly spicy chicken.

                  thanks all. i do think that some fresh lime juice would have been superb.

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                    wyogal Jan 13, 2013 03:45 PM


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