Over the Memorial Day weekend the wifey cooked up a homemade Garbage Plate, complete with the special sauce courtesy of Jim from http://www.platesauce.com. And I have to say, it was amazing! The sauce is a great blend of sweetness along with a hint of hotness that really adds so much flavor to your plate!
We always go with the traditional cheeseburger plate with macaroni salad and homefries. Mmmm, I'm craving another one just thinking about it. The Garbage/Trash plate was born in Rochester NY and it is one of those things that you truly miss when you move away.
I have to admit that when it comes to Garbage or Trash plates, I would usually go to Empire or Penfield Hots, because those were the two places that were closest to where we lived at the time. When it came to the sauce, I'd usually get it on the side. It was a meat sauce blend that really didn't have a whole lot of flavor/heat. To me it was more of just an additional meat sauce to add to the overall pile of food. So I wasn't sure what to expect from the Rochester Plate Sauce.
I have to say, we were really blown away at how flavorful and tasty the Rochester Plate Sauce was. It was not merely just an additional level of messiness to add to the plate, it was really a huge enhancement to the overall plate experience and we both said several times, "Wow, this is SOOOO good!"
I'm not just saying that, it really was a great mix of a cinnamon or nutmeg on the sweet side along with a nice kick of tingly hotness. But it is slight, not at all overpowering. It's really the perfect mix of sweet and heat and I can see how it could enhance lots of different things in addition to the traditional Garbage/Trash plate. I know for sure we will not be doing up a plate in the future without adding some Rochester Plate Sauce to the mix.
I really appreciate Jim from http://www.platesauce.com providing some free samples for us to try out. He put together a really great product and he also has a great site with easy to follow recipes on how to create your own plate from start to finish. He also recently added recipes for Dos Gustos Tacos, Bark at La Luna Margaritas and Mac and Cheese.
Definitely check out the site and also be sure to like his Facebook Page to keep up with the latest developments. Jim is very passionate about his plate sauce and it shows in the quality of the product. If you haven't tried it for yourself yet, I would highly recommend you stock up for when a craving for a plate hits! So yummy!
And if you'd like some more Garbage Plate visuals, check out my sister Jen's review as well. She's got lots of pictures and a full breakdown of the plate creation process.
In full disclosure, I received a free sample of the plate sauce to try out. This review was completely my own and I was not compensated in any way. This is just really good sauce and I wanted to share my experiences so that others can enjoy as well! Try it out and let me know what you think.