Ever since reading Tamar Adler's beautiful book, An Everlasting Meal, I've been inspired to keep a few interesting sauces in the refrigerator and to make more meals using leftover grains or vegetables, a little salty cheese, and a big spoonful of homemade sauce. Here are three of my favorites, in constant rotation in our house. And if you haven't read Tamar's book, it's a treat, especially during this time of the year when busy and frenetic seems the most common pace. She encourages you to slow it on down.
1. Gremolata: This version of the popular sauce is by Phyllis Grant of Dash and Bella for Food 52. It's a blend of winter greens like arugula and kale mixed with anchovies, plenty of garlic, lemon and capers. Create a meal in moments by stirring it into leftover pasta or grains with a nub of Parmesan. Or stir it into a ho-hum soup or stew and serve with crusty bread.
2. Romesco:A darling of Spanish cuisine, this sauce has many variations but is most commonly made with roasted red peppers, almonds, capers and lots of garlic. Create a meal in moments by stirring it into a dish of grilled or roasted vegetables, fish or chicken. It wakens tired winter greens quickly as a salad dressing (thinned with a little olive oil) and is fantastic slathered onto sandwich bread or spooned onto baked potatoes.
3. Spicy Green Sauce: I make a version of this at home that I keep in the refrigerator during the colder winter months. It's so simple to make and has a spicy kick to it. Create a meal in moments by serving it with simple baked chicken or fish, or making a quick frittata with any vegetables you may have in the refrigerator and a healthy dollop of green sauce.
Related: Word of Mouth: Gremolata
(Image: Martha Stewart)