I know what you're thinking: what the heck is a coulis, and why should I care? Put simply, a coulis is a silky-smooth, uncooked sauce that can be made up of fruits or vegetables (though fruit is more common). In regards to why you should care, few recipes provide more jaw-dropping results for the amount of effort expended. Little more than a whir in the blender and a pass through a strainer separates you from a versatile flavor-packed sauce that can perk up a variety of treats.
I've been known to eat it straight from the jar, but for a more refined option, try drizzling raspberry coulis on nearly anything sweet. Some of my favorite ways to use up the ruby-hued beauty of a sauce include drizzled over lemon soufflés, vanilla ice cream, or angel food cake; I even love it swirled into plain yogurt or atop a bowl of fresh fruit.
Get the stupid-simple recipe.
From Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker
1 pint raspberries, or 12 ounces frozen, thawed
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, or more to taste
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste
- Puree all ingredients in a blender or food processor until no chunks remain.
- Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer into a storage container. To speed up the process, use a rubber spatula to push it through.
Makes about 1/2 cup.