I’m a condiment fanatic. Our refrigerator door is always crammed with bottles and jars of sauces, dips, and pickled items that can take ordinary foods to a whole new level. One type of mustard or vinegar is never enough for me since each has its own flavor profile that makes all the difference in their respective dishes. Because of my love of discovering new condiments, our nomadic lifestyle is a mixed blessing for me. While our travels allow me to discover new sauces and condiments that enhance my culinary repertoire, having to pack up and move–and therefore empty our refrigerator– every couple of years is hard. Leaving behind wonderful the wonderful sauces and such is just so upsetting.
But not all condiments need to be purchased; in fact the best ones are those that are whipped up by hand in my own kitchen. Combine a little of this and a dash of that and you have magic in a bowl in minutes. This trio of sauces highlights just how versatile condiments can be. All three take just minutes to make and while they can be used immediately, taste better after they sit for an hour or so. The ingredient ratios are just suggestions as you can add more or less of an ingredient depending upon your own preferences. If you love garlic, add more. If you aren’t a fan of Dijon mustard, substitute a stone ground one instead. Experiment with different combinations of fresh herbs. Dip cooked meats or vegetables into the sauces a al fondue style to bring a variety of flavors to the table that will be sure to please all palates. Chicken or pork is particularly good when dipped in the ginger soy and honey mustard sauces. Or marinate a flank steak in the chimichurri sauce before grilling. The combinations and possibilities are endless so let your imagination go wild………….
HONEY-MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
- Allow to sit for 1/2 hour before using.
Yield 1/2 cup
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
3 tablespoons cilantro
8 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper to taste
- Roughly chop the parsley and cilantro.
- Place in shallow bowl and using a stick blender puree until combined.
- Add the garlic and continue to puree until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients puree until combined.
- Allow the sauce to sit for at least 1/2 hour before using. Adjust the salt and pepper before serving.
Yield 1 cup
GINGER SOY DIPPING SAUCE
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
5 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons warm water
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon Sriacha
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl until well blended.
- Allow to sit for at least one hour before serving.
The sauce can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to one week. Return to room temperature before using.
Yields 3/4 cup