Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is a clone for the famous English "Houses of Parliament" steak sauce & a must have recipe for all canadians living outside the country. I got it from a co-worker many years ago & haven't used the store-bought product since; however, I do keep my current supply in an old bottle for that authentic look (lol). If you prefer more of a bite, increase the tabasco!!
- 10 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1⁄4 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄4 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Tabasco)
- Combine all ingredients in a dutch oven.
- Bring to a boil, lower heat& cook, uncovered, for an hour, stirring occasionally.
- Strain through a food mill& bottle in hot, sterilized jars.
I followed this recipe exactly and it tastes nothing like HP Sauce, and that is comparing it to the actual bottle of HP Sauce. There is an overriding taste of tomatoes. Also, the recipes did not call for any dates and that is clearly in HP Sauce. I will admit it looks like HP Sauce but the taste tomatoes is too strong. My 4-year-old son said he could smell ketchup when he came in.
After reading the ingredients of HP sauce I added 1 cup pitted dates and 1 Tblspoon Tamarind puree. I also added half as much again of worcestershire sauce. A nice sauce. my result was lighter in colour and less like the original than expected, and the taste of allspice was dominant. Perhaps I should have cooked it longer? Next time I intend to use malt vinegar, probably more of it, even more worcestershire sauce and some ginger, nutmeg and cayenne. Will let you know how it goes!
A very good sauce which I find is great also as a dipping sauce! Easy to make. I was liberal with the hot sauce and am glad, it's intensely hot the way I like it. I strained it using a wire mesh strainer, bottled it (in empty HP sauce bottles of course), and am keeping it in the fridge. My batch yielded about 3 cups. I'm delighted to find this recipe, thank you, country lady!