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When you make tomato sauce/gravy----what do you call it?  My mother always called it gravy and so did my mother in law.  My husband and sister in law and my brothers call it gravy.  I u
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Gravy or Sauce

posted at 2/9/2011 11:16 PM EST
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When you make tomato sauce/gravy----what do you call it?  My mother always called it gravy and so did my mother in law.  My husband and sister in law and my brothers call it gravy.  I usually call it sauce.

Re: Gravy or Sauce

posted at 2/10/2011 4:10 AM EST
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Hi Marie,my mom's first husband was Bohemian and all her sister in laws were married to Italians,what we call spaghetti sauce they called it gravy.Whenever I make country sausage gravy I brown the sausage first,leaving it in the pan then flour is stirred into the pan drippings then milk and then cooked until thicken this to me is a gravy.When I make a white sauce,using butter and flour and milk, this is cooked and thickened then hard cooked eggs or chipped beef  are added into it,I call this a sauce.I would say if there are pan drippings from meat or vegetables and flour or any thickening agent is used it's a gravy.Otherwise it's a sauce,but I think a lot has to do with where you are from and Nationality.Sauce?Gravy? Who cares it's all good.

Re: Gravy or Sauce

posted at 2/10/2011 8:59 AM EST
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I call the "red stuff you put on pasta" SAUCE.
Thinking about it the "stuff" that I make with a butter and flour base I seem to call a sauce.  White sauce, cheese sauce, Bechamel are sauces.  The stuff that I make with a meat base I tend to call gravy.
Checking my trusted, taped together cookbook, this is what I found:

A gravy "is a sauce made from meat or poultry juices combined with a liquid and a thickening agent; usually made in the pan in which the meat or poultry was cooked"

A sauce:Is a thickened liquid used to flavor and enhance other foods.  A good sauce should compliment food; it should never disguise it.  A sauce can be hot, cold, sweet or savory, smooth or chunky.

So given that I would say All gravy is a sauce but not all sauces are gravy.

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