This comes together in about the time it takes to order takeout, and is miles more nuanced than your average Chinese restaurant's sweet and sour sauce. Ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, and rice or cider vinegar are boiled together with water (though pineapple juice makes for a tasty tropical twist), and thickened to the perfect dipping consistency with a little cornstarch slurry. Serve this with egg rolls, wontons, rangoons, and whatever other fried foods you want to perk up. Feel free to add some heat to the sauce with minced ginger, garlic, or chiles (or all three). Read more.
This chunky cranberry-orange sauce is super-fresh-tasting because the cranberries are simmered briefly and the orange sections are added near the end of cooking.
Garlicky Pot Roast
This easy pot roast is packed with flavor thanks to 8 whole heads of garlic, roasted so they're mellow and sweet, plus some fresh garlic for kick, and a rich gravy full of meaty flavor. The secret ingredient: crushed gingersnaps, which help thicken the sauce and add a lovely spicy flavor perfect for fall and winter. Get the recipe.
The No-Cook Appetizer You Should Bring to Holiday Parties