Sometimes all you need to change the whole taste sensation of a dish you’ve had over and over is a new sauce or condiment to enjoy it with.
If your condiment collection at home consists of ketchup, yellow mustard and relish, you’re missing out on a whole world of different flavours and textures that can add so much to your dishes. Even better, if you’re tired of the same old recipe you make week after week, simply enjoying it with one of these new-to-you condiments can make the dish seem entirely new. Here are some of delicious condiments to try.
This sauce for grilled meat is from Argentina. Composed of chopped fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and red pepper flakes, it’s fantastic on beef (such as grilled steaks), but you can also use it as a marinade for fish or chicken. If you want to make chimichurri, make it the day before you plan to eat it, as this will give the flavours a chance to fully develop.
This flavourful mixture hails from Provence and is typically made with garlic, olive oil and eggs. It’s essentially a flavoured mayonnaise. (In fact, if you have never made mayonnaise from scratch, that in itself is its own flavourful reward — so very different from the bottled version you get at the grocery store). Aioli can be taken in any tasty direction you like. Try adding lemon zest or juice to give it more tang, or fresh herbs such as dill or basil. Aioli is great with most meats and fish, or try it with french fries.
This Italian condiment is composed of finely chopped parsley, garlic, olive oil and lemon zest. Depending on the recipe, it may also include anchovies (but you can omit this if someone in your family is not a fan of the salty fish). Gremolata has a definite zip to it, so it’s great for waking up rich, heavy, meaty dishes. In fact, it’s traditionally served with osso bucco, but you can use it on top of any grilled or roasted fish or meat dish. Gremolata is one type of salsa verde (the name of the family of cold condiments made of similar basic ingredients).
This is a hot sauce from Thailand made from sun-ripened chilis and garlic, and it may be the easiest condiment to add to your repertoire, as it’s readily available in supermarkets. This hot sauce has a definite foodie following; in fact, some people use sriracha on practically everything they eat. It’s fantastic on noodles, meats, fish, pastas — you can try it on anything you want to give a little extra kick.