While sauces are often considered essential for certain dishes, dressings tend to be more lax, usually optional and with the purpose of enhancing a favorite dish. It may seem like an extra, time-consuming step in your nightly dinner process, but having the right ingredients on hand can mean producing dressings in a snap.
Canned tomatoes, like Hunt’s Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes or Hunt’s Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, act as a base to many of the best dressings and chutneys.
Here, a few of our top choices to dress up your meal.
Sure, we can all buy salad dressings in a bottle, but there’s nothing quite like a homemade dressing that’s just been whipped up. Take this fire-roasted tomato vinaigrette: It’s a sweet-tangy tomato vinaigrette that can blended together in just 15 minutes. While it needs a few hours to chill in the refrigerator, consider making it in advance of dinner, or the morning of, if you’re short on time. Then, enjoy it on fresh salads, such as an asparagus and fresh mozzarella salad.
Okay, so chutneys may sound intimidating if you’ve never created them before. But all the term “chutney” means is that it’s a spicy condiment made of fruits or vegetables with vinegar, spices and sugar.
Chutneys originated from India, but these days you’ll see a wide variety from mint to mango and mild to super spicy — and even pickled blueberries! In general, savory chutneys are delicious as topping for poultry (or virtually any type of protein) or over a rice dish, while sweet chutneys made with fruit are best for desserts and tarts. They’re also good over cream cheese or baked Brie with crackers as an appetizer.
Apricot Cranberry Chutney: This easy fruit chutney is perfect with poultry and pork. You’ll need Hunt’s Tomato Sauce for the base, along with dried apricots, dried cranberries and honey — that’s it! — to make this tangy sweet-tart sauce.
Tomato Ginger Chutney: A sweet and tangy condiment made with tomatoes, ginger and a blend of spices, Hunt’s Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes act as a base, to which brown sugar, onion, raisins, herbs and spices are added. It may good as an accompaniment to roasted pork, grilled turkey, salmon or swordfish.