Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is an often overlooked and underestimated Thanksgiving side dish—yet there are plenty of ways to punch up the flavor and make it a holiday-spotlight stealer. Traditionally jellylike and typically quite sweet, we like improvising on this classic recipe by adding port, orange zest and cinnamon to bring out the seasonal tartness of the berries. One of our favorite ways to upgrade cranberry sauce is with dried sour cherries and a bit of orange juice; it’s not overly sweet, and the citrus provides brightness without overpowering the cranberries. Whether you’re a cranberry sauce innovator or staunchly loyal to the canned version, Food & Wine’s guide has a recipe for every skill set and holiday table.

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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
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