9/20/2016 – Sauces


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Yesterday we had a F/D question, so let’s go to the tape:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL70, MD19) – A Nahuatl word meaning “concoction” or “mixture” provides the basis for the name of a famous Mexican sauce which has numerous varieties but always prominently features chili peppers, is cooked, and sometimes includes chocolate. What is the generic name for this sauce?

A couple of seasons ago, I put “mole” for the answer “mate”, and got it wrong, and this time, I got “mole” right. I’m now 2 for 7 on F/D this season.

Still holding out on my chocolate entry, let’s have some questions on sauces. Enjoy!

1. What’s the difference between a sauce and a condiment? Basically, I want you define both words.

2. A mayo-like sauce, made with egg yolks and oil, and possibly including chopped pickles, sweet relish, capers, onions, and fresh parsley. This is the basic description of what sauce, often served with fish or cold chicken?

3. The sauce made from Cayenne peppers, chili sauce, and butter, which can then be assigned temperatures like mild or hot, is named for what American city?

4. With a name from Basque meaning “a mixture of several things in no particular order”, what sauce seen here made of finely-chopped parsley, minced garlic, vegetable oil, oregano, and white vinegar is prominent in Argentinian and Uruguayan cuisines?

Question 4

5. What French sauce seen here, based on veloute sauce and thickened with egg yolks and heavy cream, is named after the fact it probably came from the German cuisine?

Question 5

6. When spelled with a letter with a grave accent, it’s a word that describes an Italian-based meat sauce like Bolognese sauce. When spelled with that same letter with an acute accent, it’s a brand founded in 1937 advertised with the slogan “Simmered with Tradition”. What is that shared word?

Tomorrow: More food trivia!


1. “Sauce” describes the consistency (creamy, jelly, etc.). “Condiment” describes that it enhances food. As examples, ketchup, salt, curry powder, and sugar can all be classified as condiments.
2. Tartar sauce
3. Buffalo
4. Chimichurri
5. Allemande sauce
6. Ragù or Ragú

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