This Indonesian chile paste lends spice and tang to a wide variety of dishes. Made of ground chilies and vinegar, it adds zip to soups, stews, sauces, vegetables, and even Bloody Marys (use one to two teaspoons in place of the hot sauce in this recipe). Use the potent mixture sparingly.
Bottled chutney comes in many flavors, including cranberry, peach, tomato, and mango. Work it into stock-based sauces or use it to add subtle, fruity sweetness to the cooking liquid in braised dishes. On its own, it pairs nicely with roasted and grilled meats and curry dishes.
One of the most popular condiments, this versatile blend isn’t relegated only to south-of-the-border dishes. Use it to spice up pasta dishes, or as the sauce for baked fish such as snapper or grouper or grilled meats including beef, chicken, and pork.
This Southeast Asian concoction is rich and mildly spicy. Stir it into noodle dishes, mix it with rice wine vinegar and peanut oil for a distinctive salad dressing, or use it as a dip for dumplings and summer rolls. Despite its exotic provenance, its peanutty flavor often makes it a hit with kids as well.