'Condiments' on Serious Eats

Sicilian Olive and Smoked Almond Tapenade from 'Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese'

Tapenade is typically a briny mix of olives, capers, anchovies, and olive oil, loosely bound and best eaten in small bites, smeared on toast or drizzled atop warm-from-the-vine tomatoes. I've made plenty of the spread in my own kitchen, but I've never strayed from the expected ingredient list. Tenaya Darlington's recipe in Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese takes a completely different approach. She laces her tapenade with nutty and sweet Foja de Noce, an Italian sheep's milk cheese wrapped in walnut leaves. More

Basil and Parsley Pesto with Anchovies from 'Canal House Cooks Every Day'

Summer is pesto time, at least in my house. Almost every green leaf I can get my hands on, from basil and parsley to carrot tops and kale, will get a whirl in the food processor with the requisite garlic, nuts, cheese, and olive oil over the course of the season. Yet despite my willingness to push pesto boundaries, I've never slipped in anchovies and green olives. This idea, from Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's Canal House Cooks Every Day, was a revelation. More

Kaya Jam

This quick version of the popular caramelized coconut-pandan curd is spread over toast with lots of butter. Serve with soft boiled eggs and a coffee for a real Singaporean kopitiam breakfast. More

Banana Ketchup

Born out of a short supply of tomato ketchup and an abundance of bananas in the Philippines during World World II, banana ketchup was created as a sweeter, fruitier facsimile of its tomato counterpart. More

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