Meat Sauces

Ragù, Bolognese and carbonara are some of our favorite meat sauces, all hearty companions to a bowl of pasta-the perfect one-dish meal. An easy way to whip up a meat sauce is by mixing together sweet Italian sausage, canned tomatoes, chopped veggies and fresh parsley for a simple Bolognese, which is especially delicious atop creamy polenta. For a truly low-maintenance meat sauce, try using your slow cooker. A combination of ground beef and sausage, lots of herbs and plenty of garlic make this flavorful Bolognese incredible-and it tastes even better the next day. Get these recipes and more in Food & Wine's guide to meat sauces.

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Thanksgiving Gravy Fountain with Holiday Hors d'Oeuvres
Rating: Unrated 1
This recipe takes our Best-Ever Turkey Gravy and adapts it specifically for a gravy fountain, creating cascading streams of savory gravy that pair perfectly with skewered roasted vegetables, stuffing bites, French-dip-style turkey sliders, and mashed potato croquettes. We've included mini-recipes for all of those hors d'oeuvres (made with Thanksgiving leftovers) in this recipe, plus three different flavor variations on the gravy itself. The gravy recipe yields enough to fill a chocolate fountain that calls for 4 pounds of melted chocolate. If you have a fountain that calls for 2 pounds or less, either divide this recipe in half or add half to the machine, and use the remaining gravy to refill as needed. While it's perfectly safe to run the gravy fountain for a few hours, the gravy temperature does hover around 105-110°F; a little cooler than what is considered to be food-safety temperature, so keep it flowing for under 2 hours. Add the fountain to your Thanksgiving menu for maximum joy.
Mushroom-and-Herb Gravy with Apple Brandy
Rating: Unrated 1
Multiple factors take this umami-rich gravy to the next level, from the caramelized mushrooms to the herb "whisk" used to impart a fresh herb flavor. Melting cultured butter into the sauce at the end ensures a velvety texture, and also gives the gravy a subtle tang. It's perfect with Thanksgiving turkey and delicious with roast chicken; substitute well-reduced homemade chicken stock for the turkey jus. Learn more about how to upgrade your gravy for Thanksgiving.
Make-Ahead Smoky Madeira Gravy
Rating: Unrated 3
You can make this gravy ahead of time in a pressure cooker or simmer it on the stovetop; either way, this Madeira-spiked gravy recipe will lighten the load on Thanksgiving Day. A concentrated smoked turkey stock serves as the base of this gravy, which will keep in the refrigerator up to three days and also freezes beautifully. Wondra flour helps ensure a smooth consistency.
Sambal Matah
Chef Lara Lee's Sambal Matah is bright and fresh, packed with lemongrass, lime, chiles, and ginger. Sambal refers to a group of Indian and South Asian condiments, usually based on a mix of hot chiles and fresh aromatics like shallots and ginger. Use this version as a relish with noodles or fried rice, or to accompany fish, a steak, or fritters. While its best the day it is made, Sambal Matah can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
How to Make Perfect Gravy Every Time
Fat, flour, and liquid is all you really need for a gravy recipe.
House Steak Sauce
“We like to elevate the familiar,” says chef Michael Voltaggio. At his restaurant Voltaggio Brothers Steak House outside Washington, DC, Michael and his brother, Bryan, wanted to re-create their favorite store-bought sauce. “It tastes very similar, but we spice ours with gochujang and a little fresh orange juice for sweetness.” Slideshow: More Condiment Recipes 

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Green Peppercorn Jus
At their DC-area restaurant Voltaggio Brothers Steak House, brothers Bryan and Michael serve a tray of sauces, including this tangy steak au poivre–inspired jus, alongside every steak. “Serving different sauces on the side allows guests to customize their own experience,” says Bryan. Slideshow: More Condiment Recipes 
This versatile sauce can be used as a dressing for roasted or grilled vegetables, seafood or meat and is great smeared on grilled bread. Slideshow:  More Dressings