Make These Party Sauces That Go Beyond French Onions
Every party, no matter how quirky the party is, should contain one or two drops. Sauces are easy to make, fun to eat, and are loved by almost everyone. French onion sauce is never a bad choice – you can learn how to cook great here, but there are other options as well. Below are three delicious creamy sauces and pastas to make, pick up and serve.
Pimento cheese sauce
Good pimento cheese is great for everything from crackers to crusty, and the secret to making yours excellent is to include cream cheese and mayonnaise in it. I make mine with the following:
- 6 ounces shredded hot cheddar cheese
- 6 ounces whipped cream cheese
- ¼ glasses of mayonnaise
- 3-5 teaspoons Louisiana hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- Pepper to taste
- 6 ounces of pepper (about 1 ½ can), drained and divided into 4 and 2 ounce servings
If your cheddar hasn’t been minced yet, do so and set it aside. Combine all remaining ingredients except the pepper in a food processor and beat until smooth. Add chopped cheddar and pepper and beat once or twice to chop them up a bit. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Pimento cheese is also very good in a grilled sandwich, just for information.)
Yogurt Tahini Dip
There’s really nothing wrong with serving a large bowl of tahini next to the tender crispy vegetables, but I like to mix it with a little yogurt to swell. You can customize this dish to your liking, adding more tahini as needed – because who’s going to add less? – but I’m doing mine with:
- 1 glass of Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon water as needed
- Salt and pepper for flavor
- Fresh parsley for garnish
Add the first three ingredients to a bowl and mix. Add water if necessary to obtain a uniform but not flowing consistency. Try it, season with salt and pepper to your liking and sprinkle with fresh parsley.
Hot sauce with goat cheese and honey
This sauce is the perfect combination of creamy, spicy and sweet, and it will keep your guests hanging around the diner table until it is defeated. Do it like this and watch it disappear:
- 1 strip of fresh goat cheese, room temperature
- 3 tablespoons half and half
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup chopped peppers in jars
Combine everything in a bowl and stir until smooth, adding half and half more as needed so everything can be dipped. Put it in a bowl, drizzle with honey and serve with carbs, plant parts, or grilled meats.
If all of the above still seems too time-consuming for you, grab a slice of cream cheese, pour in some pepper jelly, and serve with liquefied wheat toppings. It’s not a sauce, but it’s very good, and the bright green pepper jelly looks very fancy.