One of my favorite shortcuts in cooking is using the flavor of a sauce, dressing, spread or gravy to enhance my dishes. Here’s a few quick tips and hints on using them in cooking some basic and exotic dishes:
- Meatloaf: America’s old staple. Jazz it up with BBQ sauce and/or Ranch Dressing! Just add it to the mix prior to baking (spread some BBQ sauce on top for an added taste). Usually about 1/3 a cup of it does fine for 1-2 lbs of meat. Add a packet Brown Gravy mix for a heartier tasting loaf!
- Pasta: Some nights I don’t want to cook. So I make pasta, through in some veggies, add any oil based dressing and a can of chickpeas… YUM!
- Potato Salad: Honey Dijon Mustard, Ranch Dressing. Need I say more?
- Seafood: Shrimp with a French vinaigrette over angel-hair pasta with some olives and dried tomatoes. Salmon sauteed in strawberry balsamic dressing. See where this is leading?
- French Onion Dip (dried mix) in your lentil soup!
- Taco Seasoning Packet with your next quesadilla!
- Concentrate Marinades: Marinade your next steak in orange concentrate and teriyaki sauce!
- Concentrate Sautees: For chicken or turkey, try orange, cranberry, pineapple or lemonade. For salmon or similar seafoods, try lemon/lime concentrates.
I’ll be adding to this list as I try/find them!