Dips, Salsas, Sauces & Spreads

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Foster’s pimiento Cheese

Whether spread on saltines, white bread, or “celery boats,” tangy, creamy Pimiento Cheese is seriously habit-forming. A simple mix of mayonnaise or cream cheese, shredded Cheddar, and jarred red peppers, Pimiento Cheese is one of those unassuming Southern classics that can sometimes be a hard sell for people who didn’t grow up on it. But when it’s made right, it’s easy to see why Southerners are so passionate about it. Try it—it may just become your new obsession.

Southern Pimiento Cheese with Cornbread Toasts

This Southern classic can be served with most anything, but one of my favorite ways is on cornbread toasts.

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Butternut Squash Hummus

Lose the legumes: butternut squash creates a rich hummus that’s perfect for fall, particularly when topped with spicy pumpkins seeds.

Foster’s Salsa

Fresh, homemade salsa is infinitely better than packaged salsa. This recipe is quick and easy, and keeps 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Try Foster’s Salsa with grilled fish or chicken, poached or fried eggs, enchiladas, burritos or huevor rancheros.

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Foster’s Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce

The addition of fresh ginger and fresh orange juice gives this barbecue sauce a very fresh, slightly spicy flavor. The addition of coffee helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes. The sauce is great on chicken, pork and beef: it’s easy to make and keeps almost indefinitely in the refrigerator.

Homemade Mayonnaise

I take a cue from Granny Foster and make it a practice always to keep a jar of homemade mayonnaise in the fridge. Once you realize how easy it is to make—and how much richer the flavor—you’ll never go back. After you’ve made this basic mayo, you can use it to create a plethora of easy dipping sauces and spreads simply by blending in flavorful herbs, spices, and relishes.

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Roasted Red Bell Pepper Salsa

Roasting the peppers for this salsa makes them tender and sweet. Serve it over grilled fish, chicken, or steak, on top of Creamy Scrambled Eggs, or with warm corn tortillas to turn leftover meats into a soft taco lunch.

Thai Peanut Sauce

We use this sauce at the market on our Thai Chicken Wrap, but it’s also a tasty dipping sauce for chicken skewers as an hors d’oeurves or a marinade for grilled chicken breasts on top of some spring field greens for a weeknight dinner.

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Tomato Herb Gravy

Thanksgiving gravy is traditionally made from roast-turkey drippings. Martha’s friend Sara Foster of Foster’s Market in Durham, North Carolina, uses this recipe when barbecuing a turkey because there are no drippings. This gravy is also excellent served over Perfect Mashed Potatoes.

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