The time of year to bring out the comfort food “big guns” is here. Warm up from the inside and out with one of these delectable sauces!
Roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes make the base of this Spanish and rather Mediterranean sauce. Calling for a cup of almonds, garlic, vinegar, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper all blended together, this sauce is like a pesto minus basil. You can enjoy it as you would Italian sauces on pasta and meats, or on roasted vegetables, sandwiches and more. Essentially, anywhere you could go for a creamy, smoky blast of flavor will work!
From steak and roasted cauliflower to pasta and mashed potatoes, you can do no wrong adding creamy mushroom sauce to a meal. Made from mushrooms sautéed with garlic, thyme and white wine, a little bit of heavy cream thickens it, veggie stock spreads it out and grated Parmesan makes it beyond-delicious. Want to use a different mushroom? Go for it. Going easy on calories? Swap the heavy cream for a cup of milk with some cornstarch until thick.
Beware, this tasty sauce is great for coating, mixing and dipping anything and everything. You will need mustard seeds and mustard powder mixed with Champagne vinegar, some salt, honey, eggs and a mixture of fresh parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil. Unless you’re a chef with access to these special ingredients, improvising with an alternative vinegar and alternative fresh herbs will work fine too. Call us trivial, but we think this sauce is yearning for some crispy chicken fingers to be dipped in it!
From orange and teriyaki to general tso’s and sweet & sour, Asian cuisine has a trophy case of delicious sauces all on its own. This hot and spicy sauce originated from Sichuan in southwest China and is amazing on any poultry, beef, vegetable or mixed into rice or noodles. Add it to tacos, stir-fries, chili and for dipping. The ingredients, while exotic are multi-purpose and can be used for many other Asian sauces – well worth the investment!
All the deliciousness of basil-y garlic-y nutty pesto with the addition of creamy avocado – this pesto is a must-try. Combined with Pecorino, Parmesan, pine nuts and lemon, you can use this pesto sauce on pasta, as a dressing over salads, spread onto a sandwich or drizzled over roasted veggies just before serving.
While a sect of Asian food, Thai flavors have a brightness on their own. This sauce, which interestingly enough uses peanut butter, is amazing on noodles, salads, meats and veggies. The peanut butter is mixed with soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, Thai chili paste, a sweetener, ginger and garlic – and that’s it! You can make it as spicy or sweet as you want by adding more or less of the chili paste. Otherwise, grab some chopsticks and dive in!
Peri peri? Piri piri? There is some debate, but either way it’s a sauce so nice you say it twice! African in origin, peri peri is made from hot African Bird’s Eye chili peppers, so the traditional recipe does pack some heat. This can be altered to your preferred spice level however by using a calmer pepper like jalapeño, cayenne or even sweet bell peppers. With no cooking required, simply add all the ingredients – peppers, garlic, smoked paprika, cilantro, basil, oil and lemon – to a processor and mix until creamy. From there, try it on chicken wings or legs, your choice of seafood, on a salad or over roasted veggies.
Garlic, butter, lemon… MAGIC. From dishes like chicken Francese to flaky salmon and beyond, creamy lemon sauce compliments so many different foods, it’s worth keeping some in the freezer. Made entirely on the stove top and ready in minutes, just boil some pasta, stir in some cooked chicken and douse in this stuff for pure deliciousness in minutes!
Have a favorite sauce we should know about? Tag us with #BestMarket, we would love to see!
December 30, 2019