What’s one of the most exciting ways to introduce you and your family to a host of fresh, new-to-you flavors? The answer is by taking ingredients you already love and pairing them with a variety of sauces.
Whether you’re expanding your cooking repertoire or want to spruce up your weekly dinners and lunches, use this handy sauce guide to add a little dazzle to your dishes.
Do you like a bit of saltiness mixed with sweetness? Meet Hoisin Sauce. With its robust flavor, Hoisin Sauce made from fermented soybeans is hardly shy. You’ll want to drizzle it sparingly, at least until you get the general sense of how much is perfect for your taste buds.
Marry Hoisin Sauce with any items you want to dip, from egg rolls to steamed shrimp and broccoli. If you’re going to jumpstart your typical stir fry routine, splash some Hoisin Sauce into the wok at the last minute to darken and intensify the meal.
If you want spicy with a good level of heat, grab your bottle of Szechuan Sauce. It’s a unique combination of sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce and a variety of spices and seasonings. As you can imagine, it makes a delightfully memorable marinade. At the same time, it can stand on its own as a dip.
If you fall head over heels for Szechuan Sauce, consider making it your go-to dip for anything from Asian dumplings to American fried mozzarella sticks. You’ll be surprised at how many meals are just begging for a bit of Szechuan excitement.
Thai Peanut Sauce
Unless you have a peanut allergy, you’re probably gaga for this popular nut. Thai Peanut Sauce has a rich silkiness that lends itself well as a partner for a variety of taste temptations.
Drizzle a bit on cooked veggies and noodles for a hearty treat that will leave you craving seconds. You can also use peanut sauce as a dip for anything from raw carrots to crunchy spring rolls. Additionally, when it’s mixed with your preferred type of soy sauce, chopped scallions and a dash of hot pepper, peanut sauce makes an ideal meat, seafood or tofu marinade.
Maybe you’ve never tried Mongolian Sauce. Don’t be afraid to taste this savory-sweet find. It’s a nice balance of deep flavor that doesn’t overpower foods.
One of the tried and true recipes that relies on Mongolian Sauce is, not surprising, Mongolian beef. But Mongolian Sauce is just as at home served over steamed vegetables and rice. From the moment you start playing around with this sauce, you’ll start finding innovative ways to sneak it into your diet.
Craving some orange sauce but want to whip up a light salad for dinner? Create a homemade orange tamari dressing. Just use a little bit of Orange Sauce and Tamari Soy Sauce” with “mix Orange Sauce, vinegar, and olive oil and drizzle it onto a mega lettuce-filled meal — bonus points for adding slivered toasted almonds for the finishing touch.
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