For my money, the very best classic steak sauce you can make at home, a sauce that will wow your guests with its flavor and elegance, and—most importantly—a sauce that can be made start to finish in under half an hour, is béarnaise. The catch (there's always a catch) is that made with the classic technique, it's very easy to mess up. Here is a foolproof technique that uses hot butter and a hand blender for perfect results every time.
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If you've never heard of kimchi paste, you're not alone. It's a simple combination of red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger, sugar, lime juice, water, salt, and fish sauce, but the easiest way to get it is to buy it at Korean grocers and Asian specialty markets, where it's often labeled as "kimchi base." It's punchy and sharp, tangy, and incredibly invigorating. To turn it into a dip for dumplings, we temper it with honey, sesame seeds, and melted butter to create a smooth sauce that's intensely sweet, spicy, buttery, and just a little nutty all at once.
This deeply savory, slightly tangy, and aromatic condiment can be folded into or sprinkled onto your food for a big hit of flavor. It's 100% vegan and designed to take the place of Parmesan in a pasta dish, but it's also great sprinkled on salads, sandwiches, roasted meats, grilled fish, burgers, or pizza. Anywhere you want extra savory flavor.
Dulce de leche is a thick, creamy caramel sauce traditionally made with milk and sugar that are simmered together for seven hours. This much easier method, which calls for simmering a can of sweetened condensed milk in a pot of water for two to three hours, produces absolutely perfect results with not nearly as much time or fuss.
The smoky flavor of a grill-roasted or barbecued turkey needs a sauce that can stand up to extra flavor. This spicy jalapeño-cranberry sauce, with a hint of lime and a splash of smoky mezcal, is the condiment for the job.
If you're anything like me, when you first taste nam phrig noom, the smoky, garlicky, roasted chili dip from Northern Thailand, it's gonna blow your mind. Made with roasted green chilies, shallots, and garlic, it's served as a side dish alongside all sorts of raw and cooked vegetables, boiled eggs, or—my favorite—crispy pork rinds.
This recipe yields a very chunky, rustic jam that relies entirely on the fruit's natural pectin, in concert with sugar, lemon juice, and heat, to set perfectly. This jam works well with Blenheim apricots, or any other small, freestone apricot (apricots that have pits that pop out easily, rather than clinging to the flesh).
This is a beautiful jewel-red jam with a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Putting half of the fruit through a food mill and leaving the other half in quarters makes for a rustic textured jam. An overnight maceration gives you a head-start on the jamming process. It's a great jam to pair with fresh, creamy cow's milk cheeses like ricotta.
The classic olive salad used for seasoning muffuletta sandwiches. It also makes a fantastic burger or pizza topping.
A thick, creamy, tangy, gooey vegan nacho sauce made with supermarket staples. Perfect for dipping or topping nachos, baked potatoes, veggie burgers, or macaroni and cheese.
Quick-pickled garlic and chilies are a great condiment for punching up the flavor of Asian soups, noodles, stir-fries, and salads.
Sweet pears partner with spicy ginger in this seasonal fruity preserve.
Sweet and tart with a fruity fragrance that evokes the fall apple or pear harvest, quince paste delivers a lot in a recipe that only require a few ingredients.