It’s often said, “The proof is in the pudding.” When it comes to creating new, flavorful dishes, we’ve found that the proof is actually in the sauce. Finding a dip or dressing that can elevate a boring grain bowl or a few pounds of unseasoned meat can be the difference between a regular dinner and an outstanding dining experience. The right sauce recipe or dip can take a bunch of ingredients and evolve them into a dish that will leave your family and/or friends raving over your culinary prowess.
The beauty of most of these recipes from BonAppetit.com is that regardless of whether you’ve got a well-stocked fridge or just a couple of kitchen staples, it’s entirely possible to create a killer sauce that can provide for a menagerie of delicious meals. Leftover dips can be thinned to make a dressing for salads. Thicker sauces can be used as sandwich spreads. We recommend experimenting with all of these sauces at home. Below are tops on our lists – and may you never have to worry about flavorless meats and veggies again.
Fair warning! This tangy, spicy, crunchy, and addictive sauce is so versatile it will give all of your other sauces and condiments a run for their money. Throw it on eggs, meat, seafood, and salads for a fiery, flavorful kick. This recipe can also be adapted to suit your tastes – try different chilies and spices and substitute ingredients for different crunches to your heart’s content.
Earthy, bright, fresh and delicious, This chutney is whipped up in minutes and can be used to step up everything from rice to roasted vegetables and even eggs. Get creative with garlic, mint and other spices/herbs if you dare! We can’t wait to try this with Indian appetizers such as Samosa and Pakoras, as sandwich spread, or just a dip for traditional naan.
Talk about simple! Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice and salt. Throw it on meats and veggies for a simple boost of flavor. Too simple? When you’re ready, toasted nuts, minced herbs, spices (cumin, turmeric, or coriander), and/or finely chopped dried fruit (raisins, apricots, and/or dates) in this sauce will bring vegetables and proteins to a level you’ve never experienced before!
Salsa Macha is a very thick and unusual salsa from the state of Veracruz along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Described as a chile-spiced peanut butter, you’re going to have to resist putting this sweet and savory sauce on everything from breakfast foods to Mexican entrees.
Looking for something to bring a funky sweet and spicy element to boring grilled fish, chicken, noodles, eggs – really anything? Then look no further than this spicy, sweet, earthy, and garlicky Filipino condiment.
Never use that dried stuff again – welcome to the world of intensely flavorful shallot dip. The taste of real onions brings an earthiness you’ll love, and the crunch of fresh ingredients is perfection. Use it as a dip for pita chips, throw it on a baked potato, fries/tots, whatever. And trust us that those “everything” bagels will never be the same!
Strange name, sure, but if you’ve had Greek food, you know that delicious yogurt and cucumber goodness you can’t get enough of. Use it on grilled meats (homemade gyros?) or roasted vegetables. This one even stands alone as an appetizer dip, and we certainly wouldn’t judge you for eating it straight from the spoon.
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