Sunday, March 8, 2009
Angelo's 677 Prime Steak Sauce Review
I picked up some Angelo's 677 Prime steak sauce at Price Chopper the other day. I have been seeing this around for a while and have been vaguely curious, however, the 5.90$ price tag for a 16 ounce jar seemed a little prohibitive. As always, my curiosity overcame my thriftiness and into the cart went the jar of sauce. If you don't know, Angelo's 677 Prime is arguably the best steak house within about a half hour's drive of my home (in Guilderland). I am sure other people have their own opinions on this issue, but I have always left the place satisfied.
Before we go on, I think I should lay my steak sauce philosophy on you. If I am bellied up to a 55 dollar porterhouse at Angelo's, I am probably not going to ask for any of their steak sauce. If I am going to put anything on that beautiful piece of beef it will probably be the Gorgonzola Bacon Butter that they have on the menu. As many steak lovers will agree, good dry aged beef does not need a whole lot of condiment. This is not to say that I think that so called "steak sauces" don't have their place. My favorite way to enjoy anything in the cheese steak or steak sandwich family is slather it with A1 or a comparable product.
This is where I found myself this afternoon. That is to say, in front of a nice pile of thinly sliced leftover London Broil. Perfect fodder for a steak sandwich on which to sample Angelo's sauce.
Upon opening the jar of sauce we see a deep burgundy colored sauce with a tart, vinegar aroma. There are small chunks of vegetable matter present, it is not the smooth consistency of many steak sauces. I read the ingredients and was immediately apprehensive when I saw that corn syrup and sugar were the first two ingredients. I was encouraged, however, that horseradish and anchovies paste were included. I was hoping for a rich spicy/savory sauce.
First, I dipped a spoon in and gave it a lick. OK folks, I am probably going to get ripped a new one for this, people seem to freak out every that I slam a product. This stuff is seriously, unsettlingly sweet. I meen, cloying and saccharin tasting like a cheap ketchup. There is some depth of flavor behind the sweetness, I like the tomato that comes through and the molasses/vinegar tones, but the sugary-ness of it all was off putting to my sensibilities.
Next, I put some slices of the London broil on some fresh baguette and topped with a couple tablespoons of the sauce.
It is kind of the same story on the sandwich. The stuff is not necessarily bad per se, it is just too sweet for my tastes. I think it would benefit from a much heavier dose of the horseradish to give it some kick. At 5.90$ a jar this is not something that I will be purchasing again. The label proclaims, "You can taste the steak right in it!", I am going to go ahead and call bull shit on this claim.
I am not going to hold my feelings about this steak sauce against the culinary staff at Angelo's. The stuff is probably made in some enormous contract food factory. Who knows how much input the Angelo's guys even had into the recipe, but when you put your name on a product you should ensure that is up to your own standards.
As you can see by somewhat lengthy treatment of this product, I am somewhat condiment mad. Pickles, mustards, hot sauces, relishes, etc... are essential parts of my diet and I take them very seriously. So anyways, sorry for stealing 5 or 10 minutes of your life by blathering about some silly steak sauce.