Over the Top! Hacks for Sauces & More

Enjoy Topping Your Food With Some of These Saucy Flavors!

What takes a meal from being blah to great? Sauces, dressings, dips, spreads, gravies, and syrups—anything you can pour over your foods to add flavor, seasoning, and variety. Change up broccoli with a cheese sauce. Add country gravy to your breakfast sausage. Pour an onion sauce over your pasta noodles. Dip your strawberries in chocolate cream cheese dip. Try an almond syrup over your morning pancakes. Even sandwiches are better with a topping of Roman mustard or buttermilk dressing.

These recipes are simple to make and can replace all those packets and jars you have in your pantry now using fresh and dehydrated foods. Many are gluten-free and make-ahead mixes that you can have ready in 5 minutes. Savory or sweet, meat-lover or vegan, we’ve got you covered. You’ll save money, control ingredients, and avoid expensive “fast foods” when you start making your own favorite toppings with all your favorite flavors.

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Barbecue Sauces

Barbecue Sauce RecipeBarbecue Sauce

Honey BBQ Sauce

South Carolina BBQ Mustard Sauce

Southwest Chipotle Barbeque Sauce

Stout Beer Barbecue Sauce

Tomato-Based Sauces

“Spatini” Spaghetti Sauce Dry Mix

Homemade Tomato Paste

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Marinara Sauce

Pizza Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce

White Sauces

Broccoli-Chicken-Fettuccine-Alfredo2Alfredo Sauce

Basic White Sauce (Béchamel)

Cheese Sauce

Soubise (Onion) Sauce

Vodka Sauce for Pasta

Miscellaneous Sauces

Chunky Greek Tzatziki Dipping Sauce

Homemade Hot Sauce (like Frank’s RedHot® Original Sauce)

Pesto Sauce — Have It Your Way

Silky Smooth Tzatziki

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Dressings, Dips & Spreads

Fruit dipButtermilk Ranch Dry Seasoning Mix

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dip

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip

Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread

Chocolate Cream Cheese Dip

Fruity Cream Cheese Spread

Fruity Cream Cheese Dip

Honey Pecan Cream Cheese Spread

Honey Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

Pumpkin/Maple Cream Cheese Spread

Pumpkin/Maple Cream Cheese Dip

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Sausage Gravy3Breakfast Sausage Gravy

Country-Style Milk Gravy

Cream Chipped Beef Gravy

Instant Mushroom Gravy

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Ancient Roman Mustard

Ballpark Beer Mustard (like French’s)

Beery Yellow Mustard

Cognac Mustard

Step up your Game Day-Homemade MustardsHorseradish Mustard

Rosemary Thyme Mustard

Seeded Agave Nectar Mustard

Spicy Chipotle Mustard


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Almond Syrup (Extract Base)
Also: Vanilla, Butterscotch, Coconut, Hazelnut, Maple, Anise, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Root Beer, or Rum.

Banana Syrup (Whole Fruit Base)
Also: Apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, papaya, and pineapple.

syrups03Blueberry Syrup (Whole Berry Base)
Also: strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, loganberries, and boysenberries. Grapes and cherries work as well.

Creamsicle Orange Syrup (Citrus Base)
Also: lemons, limes, or any other citrus fruit.

Fresh Mint Syrup (Fresh Herb Base)
Also: thyme, fennel, anise, rose, basil, sage, lavender, eucalyptus and any of the mint family like spearmint, catnip, and pineapple mint.

Ginger Syrup (Root, Seed, or Nut Base)
Also: any root, seed, or nut you desire with this method. Try cardamom, hazelnut, clove bud, turmeric, almond slivers, sarsaparilla root, or licorice root.

Lime Syrup for Cocktails or Desserts

Tea Syrup (Loose Leaf Tea Base)
Also: Green tea, White tea, Oolong, Red Raspberry Leaf tea, or any of your herb tea blends.

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One thought on “Over the Top! Hacks for Sauces & More

  1. jamiemarie2003 says:

    Awesome post! So many recipes!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us on the Homesteader hop!

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