As girls, my sisters and I always helped our mother make these hearty melted cheese sandwiches. Served with a robust tomato sauce for dipping, they made a quick, nutritious lunch or dinner. Nowadays, I prepare them for my husband and our two teen sons here on Long Island.
Put the ketchup aside! Shirley Heston of Pickerington, Ohio turns ground beef, chopped onion, tomato sauce and chili powder into a zippy topping ideal for hot dogs. Grill two packages of hot dogs at your next barbecue and save the extras for the following dishes.
The heat is on when you brush on Bruce Fisher's tongue-tingling sauce! You'll also detect a hint of fruity sweetness, thanks to the apricots he adds.
"It's known among my family and friends as 'Bruce's Hot Juice'," says this East Bloomfield, New Yorker. "I've been making this barbecue sauce for 20 years and get requests for the recipe every summer. I'm always happy to share it."
"I think this steak sauce tastes better than the commercial brands," writes Judy Neil of Royal Oak, Michigan. Her creative condiment features everything from tomato paste and raisins to grapefruit juice, honey, garlic and soy sauce.
Hot pepper sauce and a jalapeno pepper give this snappy sauce just the right amount of zip. It makes a great dip for tortilla chips or a tangy sauce for tacos and fajitas. "This is always a big hit at parties and office gathering," writes Barbara Sellers of Shreveport, Louisiana. "I even make it for my mother when she needs to bring a dip to a party."
I admit it—I'm a mayo fanatic. And I'm always looking for ways to kick it up. This tomato-y sauce is good slathered on burgers, brushed on grilled meats, or as a dipping sauce for just about anything. —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas
My family is stationed in Italy with my husband, Lieutenant William Robert Blackman. William grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and I’m from Texas, so the dish that spells "home" for us is a good ol' barbecue. I have my own recipe for barbecue sauce that we like to pour all over sliced brisket. Eating it reminds us of weekend barbecues with our families. —Tina Blackman, Naples, Italy
Instead buying a pizza sauce in the store, this recipe allows you to create it at home. It is so easy and flavorful that you will being making it every time you make homemade pizza.—Cathy Blankman, Warroad, Minnesota
This barbecue sauce is my own recipe that my whole family enjoys, especially my father. It's a quick and easy recipe that can be made ahead and refrigerated or used immediately. —Karene Donnay, Glencoe, Minnesota