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10 Zesty Dishes With Stellar Sauces

Mar 2 2012 - 8:44am

Home cooks: how are your sauce smarts [1]? If they're virtually nonexistent, consider advancing your skills with some hands-on practice at home; in this chilly weather, it's one great way to become a better saucier. Begin by familiarizing yourself with dishes that call for classic sauces. From rémoulade to romesco and chimichurri to caramel, we've got you covered. Here are 10 recipes with stellar sauces that are worth trying.

Moroccan Vegetable Tagine

Harissa, a North African garlic and chili paste, adds an element of heat to many Moroccan dishes, such as this root vegetable tagine [2].

Grilled Shrimp With Italian Salsa Verde

Simply grill shrimp until cooked, then serve them alongside Italian salsa verde [3]; the simple sauce is stunningly delicious on seafood.

Shrimp Rémoulade Po' Boy

New Orleans rémoulade, is composed of olive oil, celery, scallions, shallots, and parsley, and is nothing like the mayonnaise-laden French version. It's not too spicy and tastes great in a shrimp po' boy [4].

Corned Beef With Horseradish Cream

A heaping pile of tender corned beef [5] deserves a dollop of outrageous horseradish cream sauce.

Lamb Sausage Pizza With Romesco

Spanish romesco sauce [6] — a blend of almonds, roasted peppers, and olive oil, among other things — adds a new dimension to lamb pizza [7].

Caramel Fondue With Fruit

Rather than using chocolate or cheese, consider homemade caramel sauce [8] as the star of a fondue feast.

Kentucky Hot Brown

Mornay sauce — essentially, white sauce with Parmesan or Swiss cheese — ties bacon, turkey, and bread together in a classic Southern staple, the Kentucky hot brown [9].

Gorgonzola Apple Macaroni and Cheese

Béchamel is considered one of the mother sauces of French cuisine, and plays a crucial part in continental cooking. Here, the flour, butter, and milk sauce serves as the base for a gorgonzola and apple macaroni and cheese [10].

Beer Can Chicken

Homemade barbecue sauce [11] adds a spicy-sweet tinge of flavor to a classic beer can chicken.

Grilled Steak With Chimichurri

At the earliest glimpse of sunshine, bust out the grill and celebrate with chimichurri-brushed steak [12]. Verdant, pungent chimichurri, which is made of olive oil, fresh herbs, and garlic, is Argentina's most widely-used condiment.


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