How to Spice up 5 Condiments

How to Spice up 5 Condiments

Spice things up this grilling season by breathing new life into 5 of your favorite condiments.


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When the same old, same old condiments just aren’t cutting it anymore, spice things up with some new flavors. Read on to see easy ways to jazz up 5 of your favorite condiments.

1. Mayonnaise

Add Pesto: Blend 2 tablespoons of pesto into a cup of mayonnaise for delicious, Italian-style flavor. It’s yummy on your average turkey sandwich, or as a spread for a tomato and mozzarella sandwich.

Add Lemon Juice and Sea Salt: Create bright, clean flavor when you squeeze a quarter of a lemon into a cup of mayonnaise, plus a dash of sea salt. We love it on white fish or as a dip for French fries!

Tip: To prevent the citrus seeds from falling into your mixture, hold your lemon skin-side down as you squeeze.

Add Garlic: Spice up your next cookout by serving garlic mayonnaise in an old-fashioned squirt bottle alongside your burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. A teaspoon of minced garlic is all you need for 1 cup of mayonnaise.

2. Ketchup

Add Curry: It’s a strong, savory herb, so use it sparingly — just a pinch will add exotic layers of flavor to 1 cup of tomato ketchup.

Add Barbecue Sauce: Combine two classics and create a new condiment favorite! Whether you have a cup left or an entire bottle, mix ketchup with equal parts barbecue sauce and enjoy.

3. Mustard

Add Rosemary: Like mustard, rosemary has a slightly bitter, aromatic quality, making the two perfect mates. For a gourmet sandwich spread, add 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary to 1/2 cup Dijon mustard.

Tip: Don’t bother plucking each rosemary sprig off its stem — instead, gently pinch your fingers and pull backward down the steam to easily remove them.

Add Applesauce: For Dijon or coarse-grain mustard, try mixing in a few spoonsful of cinnamon applesauce. The unlikely ingredients combine to create a sweet, tangy sauce that’s delicious on pork and chicken.

Add Cranberry: The sweet and savory combination — along with the tartness — is perfect for pork or chicken dishes.

Tip: Discover 5 other ways to spice up your mustard with our simple ideas.

4. Butter

Add Berries: With a bit of butter and a few leftover berries, you can make something truly special. Drop a few berries into softened butter, and then mash together. We love blueberry butter on a whole grain bagel or blackberry butter on toast.

Add Honey: A few drops of honey can give butter a whole new attitude — experience something heavenly when you melt it on just-baked bread.

Tip: Looking for more ways to embellish butter? Check out our 7 flavored butter recipes.

5. Sour Cream

Add Cilantro: This fresh, leafy herb has bold, distinct flavor, so sprinkle just 1/2 teaspoon chopped cilantro into a cup of sour cream to instantly dress up fajitas or a taco salad.

Add Chipotle Peppers: Look for canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce at your local grocery — they have spicy, smoky flavor, so finely chop the peppers, and then add 1/8 teaspoon to a cup of sour cream. Yum!

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