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Three easy summer herb sauce recipes that will take a simple grilled meal and make it spectacular.

Three Sauce Recipes to Transform a Simple Grilled Dinner #SundaySupper

Today is my first time participating in the #SundaySupper recipe group who post delicious recipes every Sunday for you to share around your family table. This week’s theme is The Farmer’s Market and/or Locally Made Food and I’m sharing three summer herb sauce recipes that you serve with a simple grilled meal of salmon, potatoes and corn for a fun and interactive feast. Click here to skip ahead to my recipes. Click here to skip ahead to see what the other #SundaySupper participants are sharing this week.

Three easy summer herb sauce recipes that will take a simple grilled meal and make it spectacular.

 

Easy sauce recipes are a great thing to have in your cooking repertoire. I especially like having sauce recipes that I know can take ordinary food and make it rave-worthy.

Whenever we’re having friends over this summer, I’ve mixed up some sauce recipes made with summer herbs from the Farmer’s Market. I’ve come up with a basic meal concept that everyone has a lot of fun with.

Christine Pittman chopping herbs to make the three summer herb sauce recipes. www.cookthestory.com

Me in my messy kitchen making the sauce recipes to serve to friends for dinner.

Here’s what you do to make a grilled meal where the sauce recipes take the food from simple to wonderful:

  1. Make your standard Grilled Meat or Fish.
  2. Make your standard baked or grilled potatoes.
  3. Make your standard corn on the cob.
  4. Make three easy sauce recipes like the ones below.
  5. Serve everything at once. Tell your lucky friends that all the sauces work with all the food and they should mix and match to discover which pairings they like best.

It’s turns into a fun and interactive meal as everyone voices their opinion. My favorite such opinion so far was when our friend D said:

“My favorite is the parsley oil and the dill butter on the fish at the same time.” And then with her mouth full and a blob of sour cream on her lip she corrected herself, “Oh no, wait! It’s even better if you add the sour cream sauce too!”

  Three easy summer herb sauce recipes that will take a simple grilled meal and make it spectacular.

Today I’m sharing the three easy sauce recipes that I serve with grilled salmon. The recipes are below. When I’m doing steaks instead I substitute 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (chopped) for the dill in the butter recipe and 1-2 tablespoons hot prepared horseradish sauce for the capers in the sour cream sauce. The parsley sauce stays the same because it’s delicious on every food I’ve ever put it on.

Here’s my instagram pic of our sauce-enhanced easy grilled dinner:

I’ve never had so much fun eating the most basic grilled dinner. A good sauce recipe (or 3 good sauce recipes!) really can transform your simple grilled dinner!


This post is part of this Sunday’s #SundaySupper event showcasing all the wonderful things found at a farmers market and/or locally made food. There is a Twitter event tonight, Sunday July 24th, 2013, from 7-8pm Eastern on Twitter. Follow hashtag #SundaySupper.Scroll down or click here to see what all the other #SundaySupper participants are cooking this week.

Here are my three summer herb sauce recipes:

 

Three easy summer herb sauce recipes that will take a simple grilled meal and make it spectacular.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Parsley and Garlic Oil
 
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This is such an easy sauce to make and yet it’s fresh but garlicky flavor will wow your friends and family when the drizzle it over baked potatoes or hot corn on the cob.
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup loosely packed Italian flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp coarse salt
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Serve at room temperature.
5.0 from 2 reviews

Dill and Lemon Butter
 
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Another simple sauce that will delight everyone. This butter is equally lovely spread on hot corn on the cob as it is plopped onto a hot grilled salmon where it slowly melts into and around the fish creating a luscious sauce.
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh dill fronds, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • zest from ½ of a lemon
  • ¼ tsp coarse salt
  • ¼ tsp coarse black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and keep at room temperature until serving or up to 2 hours. If serving later, cover and store in the refrigerator. Take it out of the fridge 1 hour before serving so that it has time to come to room temperature.
5.0 from 2 reviews

Caper and Chive Cream
 
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This Caper and Chive Cream is like a classic sour cream and chive topping for a baked potato but the addition of capers gives some extra salt and acidity and pairs really well with grilled salmon.
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp capers, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp coarse salt
  • ¼ tsp coarse black pepper
  • ½ tsp fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Tell me, what are your favorite sauce recipes to make in the summer months?

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Here are the fresh Farmer’s Market and Locally Made recipes from the other #SundaySupper participants for today:

 

Appetizers & Salads

Garlic Scape Dip from The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen
Onion Bacon Jam with Bread n’ Brie from Gotta Get Baked
Kale & Pepita Pesto from girlichef
Garden Quinoa Salad from The Urban Mrs
Grilled Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad from Pescetarian Journal
Watermelon-Feta Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle from The Weekend Gourmet

Soups & Sides

Watermelon Gazpacho from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Classic Gazpacho from Curious Cuisiniere
Pea Soup from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Pickled Garlic Scapes from kimchi MOM
Cheesy Zucchini Hodge Podge from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Succotash from Magnolia Days
3 Easy Japanese Spinach Recipes from NinjaBaking.com
Michigan-Made Meal with Seasoned Potato Chips from Foxes Love Lemons

Entrees

Summer Veggie Pizza from Country Girl In The Village
Tomato Pie from The Hand That Rocks The Ladle
Kitchen Sink Vegetable Curry from What Smells So Good?
Margherita Pizza from Growing Up Gabel
Cheesy Zucchini Fritters from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Three Sauces with Summer Herbs to Transform a Simple Grilled Dinner from Cook the Story
Vegetable Quesadillas from Cookin’ Mimi
Mushroom Scallion Risotto from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Lemony Summer Linguine with Grilled Vegetables from Neighborfood
Pasta alla Norma Nuda from Juanita’s Cocina
Arugula Pizza from Family Foodie

Desserts

Peach Cobbler from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Coconut Cherry Bars from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Lightened Up Peach and Blueberry Cobbler from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Cherry Brandy Cobbler from The Wimpy Vegetarian
Peach Maple Ice Cream from Pies and Plots
Cherry Clafoutis from Food Lust People Love
Roasted Figs with Caramel, Honey Ice Cream and Aged Balsamic from Crazy Foodie Stunts
Peach Ice Cream Paletas from Basic N Delicious
Gluten Free Sour Cherry Cake from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter today! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our#SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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58 Responses to “Three Sauce Recipes to Transform a Simple Grilled Dinner #SundaySupper”
  1. Love swapping meals up with different sauces!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted: Sausage and Peppers Turnovers #WeekdaySupper

  2. I really need to work on my sauces, and this looks like a great place to start! Thanks!
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted: Sweet BBQ Sauce

  3. Amazing sauces and LOVE your kitchen.
    Jane’s Adventures in Dinner recently posted: Celebrating This Month’s Flavour: Fish Tacos

  4. We are so happy to have you join us for Sunday Supper! Your sauces look delicious, and that dill butter would be amazing on a piece of fish! This would be so fun for a dinner party or even just with my kids.

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Thanks Isabel. It was so much fun participating in my first Sunday Supper. I’m doing another post with y’all next week and can’t wait. Tested out a nice spiced up dish this weekend just for the group, in fact.

  5. Welcome to Sunday Supper Christine!

    Love this trifecta of sauces especially the caper and chives sauce!
    Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) recently posted: Spicy Pickled Garlic Scapes #SundaySupper

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Thanks Amy! It was so much fun participating. And so great meeting you at the conference. I adore your blog!!

  6. Christine, welcome to Sunday Supper! You’re going to love it here – everyone is super friendly, supportive and talented. And the themes get my creative juices flowing all the time. Your three sauces look so tasty. I’m a huge fan of sauces and the magical way they transform any dish. I love the reaction of your friend, good call of her to use all three!
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted: Onion Bacon Jam with Bread ‘n Brie for #SundaySupper #FarmersMarket

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Nancy, Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I really enjoyed my first week and can’t wait to dive in again.

  7. Stacy says:

    Welcome to Sunday Supper, Christine! Your sauces are beautifully fresh and would definitely kick any grilled item up several notches into fabulous. I want to be your friend, stuffing my face at your generous table and mixing all these sauces together in one delicious mouthful.
    Stacy recently posted: Cherry Clafoutis for #SundaySupper

  8. Great idea! I like to keep a few sauces around too, for exactly the same reason. It makes a meal so special. Love all yours and plan to try them. I always keep a chimichurri around – great for my husband’s steak, and great tossed with my legumes or farro.
    The Wimpy Vegetarian recently posted: Cherry Brandy Cobbler with Coconut Biscuit Topping #SundaySupper

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Yes, sauces can really add that special touch to any meal. I also love chimichurri. Do you make your own? I don’t think I ever have and would love a great recipe, if you have one.

  9. Yes, this is such a fun idea! And I so love how all of them can be interchanged and mingled. I’m giving this a go next time I fire up the grill :)
    Heather @girlichef recently posted: Kale & Pepita Pesto {#SundaySupper: Local Food}

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Heahter, SO happy you like the idea. It was great meeting you at Food and Wine. Looking forward to participating in more Sunday Supper events with you.

  10. Hi Christine,

    It was great to meet you at the Food and Wine Conference. Welcome to Sunday Supper. I love what you do with food here on your blog. The caper sauce looks like it would be a favorite of mine. I can’t wait to try it.

    Alaiyo
    Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes recently posted: Grilled Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad #SundaySupper

    • Christine Pittman says:

      It was great meeting you as well! Thank you for stopping by and for the compliment to my recipes. Your words mean the world to me, truly.

  11. Salmon and all three of your sauces make a happy marriage of flavors! Such a great idea to present guests/family with options.

    So glad to have met you last weekend at the conference and happy to see you at the SundaySupper =)

    • Christine Pittman says:

      It was so great to meet you too! Always a treat to meet someone you know online in person. Thank you for visiting my blog!

  12. Renee says:

    So glad you joined us for Sunday Supper and I look forward to seeing you in the lineup often!
    You are after my sauce loving heart and tummy with these recipes. Sometimes I think I’d rather have the sauce than what’s under it.
    Renee recently posted: Succotash for #SundaySupper

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Renee, So true! Gotta say that one of my favorite things about being the cook is that I’m taste-testing as I go. That means spoon in hand and let me at those sauces!

  13. Joanne says:

    These sound so tasty! I love how they have so many uses…pasta sauces, grain salad sauces, roasted veggie sauces.
    Joanne recently posted: Mango Lassi Popsicles {#frozentreatweek giveaway}

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Thanks Joanne. You’re right, they are very versatile and mix and match well together with all kinds of things.

  14. That butter is CALLING me!! I bet it would make awesome fish
    Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted: Kitchen Sink Vegetable Curry (Farmer’s Market #SundaySupper)

  15. Susi says:

    These all sound delicious. I like having an assortment of sauces to try with different types of food. Yum!!!
    Susi recently posted: Instagram Sunday (July 27)

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Thanks Susi! It is totally the mix and match aspect of this dinner that I adore. Getting to have each mouthful being slightly different than the last. Yum!

  16. Yummy! Can’t wait to try…

  17. Liz says:

    These all look terrific! And what a fun idea to have a variety of sauces at a dinner party! You’ve outdone yourself, Christine!
    Liz recently posted: Classic Peach Cobbler #SundaySupper

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Thanks Liz! The idea has turned into several fun dinner parties this summer, and more to come!

  18. Ahhh what a great dinner party idea! I love stuff like this that gets people talking and experimenting. So glad you joined the #SundaySupper team!
    Courtney @ Neighborfood recently posted: Lemony Summer Linguine with Grilled Vegetables for #SundaySupper

  19. Okay…the caper and chive cream??? Just give me a spoon!!!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted: Pasta alla Norma Nuda {Penne w/Tomato Sauce & Grilled Eggplant} ~ Farmer’s Market #SundaySupper!

  20. Love all of the herb sauces! Not only would they be good with grilled dinners, it would be great to dip chips and veggies in! Yum!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted: Lightened Up Peach and Blueberry Cobbler #SundaySupper

  21. It is about time you joined us. ;) I love these sauces, especially the parsley and garlic oil
    Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite recently posted: Pea Soup #SundaySupper

  22. T.R. says:

    I want that parsley and garlic oil so bad! I love your photography, everything looks amazing!
    T.R. recently posted: Gluten Free Sour Cherry Cake for Farmer’s Market #SundaySupper

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