Summer commands big, bold flavour with minimal effort. Who wants to be slaving in the kitchen when the pool is shimmering and the lawn chairs are vacant? Enter: super-condiments! A few quick flavour-boosters amp up the contents of your jars and squeeze bottles, turning them into magical, mouth-watering delights.
Here’s how you can elevate your everyday condiments quickly, so you can get right back to the pool!
Miso-Mayonnaise: Stir 2 Tbsp of miso into 1/2 cup of mayonnaise for a salty umami boost.
Avocado-Corn Salsa: Doctor up 1 cup of store-bought salsa with a chopped ripe avocado and 1/2 cup of frozen corn.
5-Spice Ketchup: Add 1 tsp of 5-spice powder, 1 tsp finely grated ginger, and a Tbsp of soy sauce to 1/2 cup of ketchup for a Chinese twist.
Not-So-Secret Sauce: Stir 2 Tbsp each of ketchup and relish into 1 cup of mayonnaise, along with a tsp each of onion powder and garlic powder.
Currynnaise: Stir 1 tsp of curry powder, Indian curry paste, or garam masala into 1/2 cup jarred mayonnaise, then add about 1-2 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon and 1 Tbsp of minced chives.
Zesty Horseradish Mustard: Stir 1 Tbsp (or more, if you’re brave) of the pungent root into 1/2 cup prepared mustard to take your sausages to the next level.
Caramelized Onion Butter: Mix equal parts caramelized onions (let your slow cooker do the work) and softened butter, whipped together in a small blender or food processor.
Sriracha Mayo: Add a bit of the hot sauce to mayo a squirt at a time to reach your desired spiciness.
Herb and Garlic Butter: Stir a clove of minced garlic and 2 Tbsp of minced fresh herbs of your choice (tarragon, rosemary, basil, chives or oregano) into 1/2 cup of softened butter.
Spicy Chipotle Ketchup: Boost 1/2 cup of ordinary ketchup with 1-2 tsp of dried chipotle powder or the adobo sauce that comes in canned chipotles. Taste and add more for a greater kick!
Tarragon Cream Mustard: Mix 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard into 1/2 cup sour cream, and stir in 1 Tbsp minced fresh tarragon.
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