Cooler Condiments

8 Reasons We're Crazy For Condiments

Sriracha is only the start of this long obsession
Dec 6, 2013 4:00 pm

Here at Food Republic we have lots of love for condiments, be it the store-bought variety or those made all D.I.Y. style. Our Associate Editor and lunch columnist Jess Kapadia is particularly fond of the mayonnaises and pepper sauces of the world. With this in mind, we decided to round up a number of our favorite stories and recipes.

In Search Of The Next Sriracha: Is It Snake Oil?

Chef Spike Gjerde resurrects a mysterious pepper
Dec 5, 2013 11:00 am

Lots of chefs hawk their own signature hot sauces. But few go to such great lengths to procure the source of their sauce’s heat. The not-so-secret ingredient in Spike Gjerde’s formula is fish pepper, an obscure heirloom spice of the Chesapeake region that’s even older than Old Bay Seasoning. We found out more about his powerful potion. 

Bavarian Cheese Spread Recipe

A hoppy, malty, creamy dip for your next party
Sep 24, 2013 4:00 pm
Photo: Lara Ferroni

If you're a fan of cooking with beer...only like, REALLY cooking with beer, the American Craft Beer Cookbook is a volume that should never leave your kitchen. First up, let's start simple with beer cheese. Would you like a brew with that snack? 

Sage And Arugula Pesto Recipe

Switch up your pesto game with this fresh variation
Aug 12, 2013 3:00 pm
arugula pesto recipe
Photo: Jason Snyder

This variation on pesto incorporates peppery arugula and earthy, herbal sage for a fresh, simple sauce you'll slather on more than just pasta. The flavors here are pretty assertive, but this pesto is great on boiled small whole potatoes or tossed with whole-wheat pasta. Use it as a sauce with pork, grilled steaks or seafood.

Heirloom Tomato Chutney Recipe

Use ripe tomatoes to make a savory condiment
Jun 14, 2013 12:01 pm

Nobody knows jams and preserves and chutneys quite like Southerners do, which is why we were so happy to get our hands on Southern Living magazine's new cookbook, Little Jars, Big Flavors. This tomato chutney is the perfect condiment for grilled meat or fish, or simply spread on a cracker.

Parsley And Lemon Pesto Recipe

Try this zesty summer sauce over any pasta
Jun 7, 2013 12:02 pm
parsley pesto recipe
Photo: Lisa Linder

Italy has 20 regions, each home to a unique and delicious cuisine. Culinary instructor and cookbook author Katie Caldesi's book, The Italian Cookery Course, is a compilation of 400 of Italy's best recipes from simple to very complex. Did someone say simple? Cause this parsley-lemon pesto takes no time to make and will serve us well through the summer and beyond.

How To Make Secret Sauce For Your Burger

Three easy steps to burger sauce nirvana
Jan 23, 2013 2:03 pm

We all know what secret sauce is. It goes by a lot of different names, but seemingly every decent burger joint has some form of it. In-n-Out has spread. McDonald's has the oh-so-clever Special Sauce. Shake Shack has Shack Sauce. What's it called? I call it secret sauce, but you can call it whatever you want — point being, every burger lover should learn how to make it.

Homemade XO Chinese Sauce Recipe

Everybody needs a little XO on their Chinese pork
Dec 18, 2012 6:01 pm
Photo: roland on Flickr

Leviton's homemade XO sauce, a salty-savory-sweet Chinese condiment made from caramelized dried seafood and sausage, is a great match for pork belly, scallops and a range of other Chinese dishes. You’ll notice that the XO sauce calls for house-dried seafood, but the home chef can buy this all at a well-stocked Asian market.

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