Sauces

A sauce is a delicious way to bring together the different components of of a meal. The next time you eat out, inspect your plate. More likely than not, you'll find a sauce there - it's part of the reason restaurant food tastes better than home-cooked fare. When you're looking for sauce recipes, consider what you want your sauce to do. A rich, buttery Hollandaise gives your eggs Benedict a luxurious note, while a sweet, tangy gastrique (a pared-down sweet-and-sour sauce) drizzled over your roasted chicken lends sophistication. Nowhere is this more evident than the world of pasta. Spaghetti without sauce? No way. Fetticcini alfredo without the sauce? Useless! The best part is, many of them are easy to make once you know some basic techniques: Creating a rich pan sauce after sautéing meat is simply a matter of adding some wine and butter - and it takes less than 10 minutes.

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Best Barbecue Sauces Make You a Grilling Wiz

It's time to roll out the grill and jump-start the Great American Cookout. But don't just concentrate on wonderful chicken, ribs, and pork. Learn how to craft your own homemade barbecue sauces to make those meats really shine.

J&G Steak Sauce

Food & Wine

A sort of cross between A1 and Lea & Perrins, two steak sauces Jean-Georges Vongerichten admires for their assertive flavors, the chef created this rich, tamarind-inflected blend for his J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona. The sauce will keep for weeks in the refrigerator.

Total: 1 hr

Flank Steak with Bean Relish

Diabetic Living

Sizzling steak on the grill is irresistible. Top it with vibrant bean and corn relish and you'll have diners dashing to dinner.

Pumpkin Pesto

Diabetic Living
Total: 15 mins

New Cranberry Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

Persimmons and pomegranates add vibrant color and a touch of sweet-tart tang to this holiday must-have. This recipe is amazing with roast turkey or pork.

Mild Red Barbecue Sauce

Diabetic Living

Pan Sauce with Steak

Better Homes and Gardens

For a sauce option to serve with sauteed chicken breasts rather than beef, substitute dry white wine and reduced-sodium broth for the red wine and beef broth.

Total: 20 mins

Maple-Brandy Glaze for Cornish Game Hens

Fine Cooking Magazine

This glaze gives a beautiful, burnished sheen that makes a stuffed bird even more special. It's also delicious on plain, unstuffed birds.

Caramelized Shallot Butter

Fine Cooking Magazine

For a taste of France, toss a knob of this butter with roasted vegetables as soon as they come out of the oven. It's especially nice on roasted asparagus, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, fennel, green beans, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

Firecracker Coconut Dip

Better Homes and Gardens

You can vary the heat of this vegetable appetizer dip by adding more or less wasabi or horseradish.

Total: 20 mins
Total: 15 mins

Roasted Beets and Shallots

Diabetic Living

Crimson Cranberry Chutney

Midwest Living

Double Tomato-Caper Sauce

Diabetic Living

Black Bean Salsa

Midwest Living
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