If there's one thing people love more than finger food, it's the dipping sauce. Gather a few ingredients, whip them up in a matter of minutes and voila – you have something utterly delectable to accompany your appetisers!
1. Garlic Aioli
Traditionally from the southern French region of Provence, the classic Aioli initially only included three ingredients – garlic, salt and olive oil. The preparation process itself is incredibly laborious as it utilises garlic as a sole emulsifier to produce a pasty texture and therefore has to be churned slowly in an old-fashioned mortar and pestle bowl.
The recipe was eventually modified for convenience with a selection of additional ingredients from chilli to saffron that add variety to the taste. One of the most popular versions is the Garlic Aioli sauce, fashioned out of mashing garlic, lemon juice, salt, mayonnaise, and oil together for a creamy dip to accompany fries or other food.
2. Tartar Sauce
Best eaten with seafood and fried fare, the classic tartar sauce is especially popular in the UK. Its signature tangy taste can be attributed to the inclusion of chopped pickles and lemon juice, which in turn results in a deliciously chunky texture.
Depending on location, some regions may offer a different take to its traditional base by including dill, onion, or even sugar for a hint of sweetness.
3. Remoulade Sauce
Often mistaken for tartar sauce given its similar properties and appearance, the French remoulade sauce offers a flavourful spicy aftertaste for those who want a kick on the tastebuds. Be it horseradish, paprika or even anchovies, its trademark creamy tang proves to be incredibly versatile as a palatable accompaniment to red meat, fish and potatoes.
More commonly known as a dressing rather than a dipping sauce, ranch owes its current popularity to one secret ingredient – creamy buttermilk. A North American staple, this versatile dip can be served loose by adding more buttermilk or thick with the addition of sour cream. Besides buffalo wings, ranch also works great as an appetiser with vegetable sticks.
5. Reuben Dip
An innovative derivation from the beloved Reuben sandwich in America, the tantalisingly rich Reuben dip comprises a few simple ingredients – Swiss cheese, chopped corned beef, sauerkraut (fermented cabbages) and of course, mayonnaise. Best served with rye bread or crunchy crackers, its unique flavour play between salty and tangy makes for an interesting bite.
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