Let’s talk about condiments for a sec. You know, those bottles and jars shoved in the back of your fridge or pantry that you glance over every time you grab the ketchup or mayo. There’s a whole world of flavors out there waiting to make your meals pop, and I’m not just talking about adding a bit more salt. These 11 underrated condiments are about to become your kitchen’s MVPs, so let’s give them the spotlight they deserve.

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Pesto is often pigeonholed as just a pasta sauce, but its vibrant, herby flavor can transform sandwiches, pizzas, and even soups into gourmet dishes.
Try it in this: Chickpea Pesto Sandwich


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Horseradish is frequently sidelined, but its sharp, spicy tang is a game-changer for beef dishes, sandwiches, and even as a zesty addition to sauces.

Cole Slaw

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Regarded mainly as a side, cole slaw’s crunchy texture and tangy flavor can significantly enhance burgers, tacos, and even hot dogs, offering a fresh contrast.

Worcestershire Sauce

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This sauce is typically a background flavor, yet its complex, umami-rich profile can elevate stews, marinades, and even Bloody Marys.
Our favorite way to use Worcestershire sauce: Bomb Meatloaf

Balsamic Vinegar

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Often reduced to a salad dressing ingredient, balsamic vinegar can add a sweet and tangy depth to grilled vegetables, marinades, and even desserts.
Check out these scones: Balsamic Cherry Dark Chocolate Scones

Greek Yogurt

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More than a healthy snack, Greek yogurt’s creamy texture and tang can be a base for dips, marinades, or a lighter alternative to sour cream.
Use it on top of these: Chili recipes


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Frequently seen as just a dip, hummus can be a flavorful spread in sandwiches or a creamy base for dressings and sauces.
Try this recipe: Hummus pizza


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Chutney, typically confined to Indian cuisine, can be a unique sweet and spicy addition to sandwiches, cheese boards, and as a glaze for meats.
Get the Recipe: Tomato peach chutney

Cranberry Sauce

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Often relegated to Thanksgiving, cranberry sauce’s sweet and tart flavor can complement poultry and pork dishes year-round.
Get the recipe: Our favorite cranberry sauce recipe

Sweet Chili Sauce

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Sweet chili sauce, usually limited to Asian cuisine, can add a sweet and spicy kick to barbecue, dressings, and even as a dip for fries and snacks.
Try it with these: 15 Awesome Air Fryer Fries


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Commonly used on hot dogs, relish can add a zesty sweetness to sandwiches, salads, and even as a surprising twist in deviled eggs.
It’s a great addition to these: Burger Bowls

Stop Refrigerating These 15 Foods

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Many of us unknowingly shorten the lifespan and diminish the flavor of certain foods by refrigerating them. We’re shedding light on common kitchen staples that are better off outside the chilly confines of your fridge, explaining why room temperature can sometimes be the better choice for freshness and taste.

Stop Refrigerating These 15 Foods

The 11 Most Divisive Pizza Toppings Ever

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Pizza toppings can be a battleground for passionate foodies. From the classic cheese and pepperoni to more adventurous choices, everyone has their favorites. But then there are those toppings that split the room – the ones that start heated debates at dinner tables.

The 11 Most Divisive Pizza Toppings Ever

11 Fruits You’ve Probably Never Tried, But Should!

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Think you’ve tried it all when it comes to fruits? Think again. We’ve got a lineup of 11 exotic fruits that are about to turn your fruit game upside down. From sweet and creamy surprises to tangy, jaw-dropping flavors, these hidden gems are not your average grocery store finds but if you do stumble upon one, make sure to give it a try. Your taste buds will be in for a wild ride!

11 Fruits You’ve Probably Never Tried, But Should!

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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