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Fresh English Garden Mint Sauce

Updated on February 17, 2017

English Garden Mint Sauce

Fresh garden mint sauce
Fresh garden mint sauce | Source
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English Garden Mint Sauce

In England, the classic Sunday lunch includes roast lamb and roast potatoes. Any traditional English home will always have mint sauce as an accompaniment to roast lamb.

Of course, you can't buy mint sauce in Peru. I have tried many times to replicate that Sunday lunch memory, but none came close to the supermarket brands we used to buy. I came across a recipe from British chef Marcus Wareing for this sauce, and this is the closest you will ever get to the shop-bought sauce. I have adapted the quantities and added a few more details since his was a very basic method.

It is very, very easy to make and well worth the effort. It will keep in the fridge for a good 2 months without spoiling. Enjoy.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2 X 210g jars

Ingredients

  • 200 g Fresh garden mint leaves
  • 125 ml White vinegar
  • 125 g White sugar

Putting Your Sauce Together

  1. Wash the mint well and dry with a clean tea towel, then pick off the leaves from the stalks.
  2. Dissolve the white sugar in the white vinegar in a small pan on the hob top on a slow heat. Once dissolved keep it on the heat for another 3-4 mins on a rolling boil.
  3. Put a quarter of your fresh mint leaves into a blender and pour your liquid over the leaves whilst blending. Carry on adding small amounts of your leaves until it is all blended.
  4. Distribute into 2 sterilised 210g jars.

Making Your Own Sauce

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Pick off the leaves from the stalk and weigh 200gDissolve white sugar in white vinegarpour the warm sugar & vinegar liguid over the leaves whilst blendingblend adding a small amount of leaves until all have been blended to a sauce.
Pick off the leaves from the stalk and weigh 200g
Pick off the leaves from the stalk and weigh 200g | Source
Dissolve white sugar in white vinegar
Dissolve white sugar in white vinegar | Source
pour the warm sugar & vinegar liguid over the leaves whilst blending
pour the warm sugar & vinegar liguid over the leaves whilst blending | Source
blend adding a small amount of leaves until all have been blended to a sauce.
blend adding a small amount of leaves until all have been blended to a sauce. | Source

Sugested Options

  • Add 2 teaspoons of mint sauce to a small bowl of plain yogurt to accompany your Indian curry as a condiment.
  • Add 1 heaped teaspoon to chopped tomato and cucumber, and mix. Use as a side dish to an Indian curry.
  • Use as a condiment on roast potatoes.

The Origin of Mint Sauce

Fresh mint has been used for thousands of years for both culinary and medicinal purposes. According to the Bible, spicy mint sauce was made available with the lamb served at the wedding at Cana. The plant is native to Europe and Asia, but other species have been traced to America and Australia. It was probably the Romans who first created a mint sauce from Mentha spicata, or peppermint.

Source: Allan Johnson

Yogurt Mint Sauce

Add mint sauce to yogurt for a cooling dip.
Add mint sauce to yogurt for a cooling dip. | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 15ml
Calories 17
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 4 g1%
Sugar 4 g
Protein 1 g2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Hey Joel glad you noticed that. Hope you do have a go at making this recipe, buy a leg of lamb and try it out.

      You won't regret it :-))

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      Joel 4 years ago

      125ml of white sugar is that right? How do you measure sugar in ml?

      Thanks, I'm excited to make this :)

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thanks for coming by MarleneB, The simplest ways are the best, a good dollop on potatoes sounds great to me. And throw on a Lamb chop while you are at it.

      It will last you for weeks, i´ve got a jar i made for this hub and it´s still as fresh as when i made it.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I have a lot of mint growing in my garden. I think I will try your recipe. I am sure I will enjoy it as a condiment on top of potatoes. I can almost taste it. Delicious recipe!

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thank you LetitiaFT for comenting. Once you make it you will find many other uses for the sauce & thank you for pinning.

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      LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

      Something I've been meaning to try! Pinning this great photo. Thanks.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      i think everyone should visit yorkshire just for that experience. If you are only allowed a proper cornish pastie from cornwall, so a real culinary experience is a proper roast dinner, Yorkshire pud from yorkshire and a good old minted lamb roast. that's what got me into making my own mint sauce. thanks Tony

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      Tony Mead 4 years ago from Yorkshire

      lemonkerdz

      is there anything nicer than lamb and mint sauce, especially with a Yorkshire pud, roast spuds and lashings of meaty gravy, proper champion, good enough to make wallace and Gromit give up cheese.

      regards

      Tony

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      lemonkerdz 5 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      thanks for the visit and thanks for the great comments, it may not be so popular but it will be once you make it for your friends. hope you visit and enjoy the other hubs.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey lemonkerdz - love it! While Lamb and Mint sauce is not a very popular dish in my area - I have made it. It's been a very long time so heck maybe I should try it again.

      I can get good Lamb here now - it used to be next to impossible. Beautiful hub!! I am tweeting it out!

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      lemonkerdz 5 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Wow lamb shanks, you could make a real business selling this sauce there then. Although i put that the sauce will last for a good few weeks in the fridge, it will last a lot longer, just make sure you use sterilised jars this is the key factor of killing any unwanted bacteria.

      thanks for your comment.

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      Vanderleelie 5 years ago

      I have an abundance of fresh mint in my kitchen garden, so before the frost I'll use it in this recipe. Lamb shanks are a favourite dish here. Thanks for the clear and easy directions.

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      lemonkerdz 5 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      thanks so much for your comment vespawoolf. There will be a future hub on mango chutney that goes great with curries and our mint sauce, as in South America the mango season is about to begin!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've tasted your sauce, so I can vouch for how delicious it is, especially with curries. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

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      lemonkerdz 5 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thanks denisemai, hope you get to try making it. it is as good if not better than the foto.

      Thanks for sharing it as well. :-)

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      What beautiful original photos. This looks much better than the stuff sold at stores. Thank you for sharing this lovely hub. Now, I will share it with my followers and on Pinterest.