Condiments and Sauces
A tangy, fresh-tasting ketchup is surprisingly easy to make at home.
As lemons cure in a salty, spicy brine, their flesh softens and sweetens; after a month, they're ready to be finely chopped and added to everything from Moroccan tagines to vinaigrettes.
Who would think that simply putting tomatoes, a peeled halved onion, butter, and salt in a pot and cooking it with barely an occasional stir until it is reduced, would produce such concentrated goodness?
This vibrantly orange dressing—from our friend Chef Tadashi Ono—was made famous by Japanese-American steak houses. It gets its incomparably clean flavor from puréed carrot and fresh ginger. Serve it simply tossed with crisp iceberg lettuce.
Mostardabest served with meats, an assortment of boiled cuts, or cheeses that can take its sharpness.
Order a curry in many Indian restaurants, and Major Grey's comes alongside it; in an English pub, a dollop might complement cheddar cheese. However it's served, this Anglo-Indian condiment is scrumptiously sweet and tangy.
The origins of leeks vinaigrette—poached leeks in a mustardy dressing—are unknown, but it's easy to imagine someone pulling them out of the stockpot once they had worked their magic, then seasoning them.
"In England, serving roast lamb without mint sauce—a simple composition of fresh mint, sugar, and vinegar–is widely considered an egregious offense to taste and tradition. The Romans introduced the plant to English soil, and, as the 16th-century English botanist John Gerard pointed out, 'The smell of mint does stir up the minde and the taste to a greedy desire of meat.' " —Megan Wetherall, from "Dinner Mint"(April 2000)
This year, celebrate Christmas with holiday food from around the world. Plan a festive, multi-course menu featuring the delicacies of Puerto Rico, Sweden, Germany, and more.
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