Salsa Allarancia – Orange Sauce

Salsa all’arancia Buttermilk Fried Quail with Cranberry Bean Salad, – HarshLight CC BY 2.0


1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup red wine
1 cup orange juice
2 tbs. orange peel, grated

How to make the Orange Sauce:

Lemons and oranges became very popular in Southern Italy in the Middle Ages. Only in the Renaissance did the Florentines began to use and trade them in Northern Italy and throughout Europe.

Florentine chefs were the first to use orange and lemon juices in their recipes, the most famous being papero al melarancio, known today as duckling with orange sauce.

How to make the salsa all’arancia: Combine wine and oil and bring to a simmer. Add the orange juice, drop by drop, add a pinch of salt, simmer until reduced by one third, and then add 2 tbs. of grated orange peel. Stir well and remove from heat.

This basic sauce of salsa all’arancia is ready to serve as is or it may be used as a condiment for beef, poultry and venison.

Regional recipe from Tuscany

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