From fries to pad thai, every meal we eat is only as good as the condiments we have on the side. I mean, who would want to eat a burger without ketchup or a jumbo soft pretzel without mustard? While some condiments, like ranch and mayo (which do in fact belong on pizza and french fries, respectively), can be controversial, what all of these side sauces and dips have in common is that they’re even more addictively dippable when you make them at home.
Even though it’s easy to reach for bottles and jars of your favorite edible extras when you’re at the store, the higher quality and ability to control which ingredients you use mean you should make your favorites from scratch at least once or twice. And once you’ve tried your customized concoction, you may find that it’s hard to go back to dipping, drizzling and slathering anything but these homemade condiments on your food ever again.
When you make mustard from scratch, you can decide how spicy, grainy and tangy you want it to be.
It’s surprisingly easy to whip up a batch of this creamy mayonnaise.
Zucchini is inexpensive all year (especially in the summer) and makes a mean sweet-and-sour relish.
Homemade buttermilk ranch dressing
Ditch the bottle and the packet and opt for this creamy homemade ranch dressing instead.
Sweetened with honey, this homemade ketchup will really make you feel like a master in the kitchen.
Sweet peaches make for a surprisingly delicious ketchup, so why not give it a try?
Roasted Hatch chile-beer mustard
Add extra oomph to your sandwiches with a slathering of this spicy, beer-infused mustard.
Made with roasted red bell peppers, chilies and plenty of spices, harissa goes with just about anything.
Hatch chile chimichurri
Pair this punchy sauce — made with parsley, Hatch chiles, garlic and oil — with grilled meat or roasted veggies.
Roasted tomatillo salsa
Roasted tomatillos make this a fruity, tangy take on salsa.
Homemade hoisin sauce
Use this sweet and salty hoisin sauce as a dip, sandwich spread or marinade.
Homemade chili-garlic sauce
Spicy, pungent chili-garlic sauce adds a tangy kick to sandwiches, soups, noodles and more.
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