Think of condiments and you probably jump to the classics: ketchup, mustard and mayo. But the world of condiments reaches much further than what you typically put on a hot dog. Consider options like sambal oelek, a tangy, coarse chile sauce; neonata, an Italian spread made from infant fish; ssämjang, a spicy Korean paste; or ajvar, a garlicky Serbian red pepper relish. The culinary world has come up with many ways to instantly add heat, tanginess, sweetness and more to any food. F&W's guide to condiments takes you on a global taste journey with recipes from every corner of the world—and an ever-expanding list of new favorites.

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Banana-Caramel Sauce

This super-fast sauce comes together in just minutes and makes a next-level topping for Lena Sareini's Brown-Butter Banana Bread. Chunks of sweet, ripe banana get pureed into the cooked caramel, yielding a thick, rich sauce that amplifies the rich flavor of the banana bread.

Caper-Cornichon Salsa Verde

Hard-cooked egg yolks help emulsify this sauce, adding a creamy richness to the fresh herbs. Paired with bollito misto, it provides bright and zippy flavor to long-cooked, richly savory meat.

Caramelized Shallot Sambal Bawang

This sambal is one of the simplest to make and is beautiful in appearance as well as taste. It is also one of the hottest. The coarsely ground shallots, garlic, and chiles caramelize as they cook down in the fragrant oil, producing a sambal that is as delicious as it is vibrant, and it tastes incredible with anything that loves a drizzle of ketchup or chili sauce.

Spiced Chimichurri with Cilantro and Dijon

Rating: Unrated
This non-traditional take on chimichurri from Douglass Williams, the chef of MIDA restaurant in Boston, includes coriander, cumin, and fenugreek seeds for a rich, delicious layer of flavor, and a touch of Dijon mustard for extra bite. This zesty, versatile herb sauce is featured in an episode of Chefs at Home. Use the sauce as a marinade for grilled steak, brush it on chicken before roasting, or enjoy it as a dipping sauce for flatbread or poached shrimp.

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Really Good Turkey Jus and Homemade Turkey Stock

Rating: Unrated
Put this recipe at the top of your Thanksgiving to-do list. A make-ahead labor of love, it yields a rich sauce to serve with your Thanksgiving turkey, as well as stock and richly seasoned turkey fat for upgrading your side dishes (not to mention a killer next-day sandwich). Don’t worry about crowding the sheet pan when roasting the turkey pieces and vegetables; this helps the carrots, onion, and celery steam and cook gently in the flavorful turkey juices.

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