Home cooks: how are your sauce smarts ? If they're virtually nonexistent, consider advancing your skills with some hands-on practice at home; in this chilly weather, it's one great way to become a better saucier. Begin by familiarizing yourself with dishes that call for classic sauces. From rémoulade to romesco and chimichurri to caramel, we've got you covered. Here are 10 recipes with stellar sauces that are worth trying.
Moroccan Vegetable Tagine
Harissa, a North African garlic and chili paste, adds an element of heat to many Moroccan dishes, such as this root vegetable tagine .
Grilled Shrimp With Italian Salsa Verde
Simply grill shrimp until cooked, then serve them alongside Italian salsa verde ; the simple sauce is stunningly delicious on seafood.
Shrimp Rémoulade Po' Boy
New Orleans rémoulade, is composed of olive oil, celery, scallions, shallots, and parsley, and is nothing like the mayonnaise-laden French version. It's not too spicy and tastes great in a shrimp po' boy .
Corned Beef With Horseradish Cream
A heaping pile of tender corned beef  deserves a dollop of outrageous horseradish cream sauce.
Lamb Sausage Pizza With Romesco
Spanish romesco sauce  — a blend of almonds, roasted peppers, and olive oil, among other things — adds a new dimension to lamb pizza .
Caramel Fondue With Fruit
Rather than using chocolate or cheese, consider homemade caramel sauce  as the star of a fondue feast.
Kentucky Hot Brown
Mornay sauce — essentially, white sauce with Parmesan or Swiss cheese — ties bacon, turkey, and bread together in a classic Southern staple, the Kentucky hot brown .
Gorgonzola Apple Macaroni and Cheese
Béchamel is considered one of the mother sauces of French cuisine, and plays a crucial part in continental cooking. Here, the flour, butter, and milk sauce serves as the base for a gorgonzola and apple macaroni and cheese .
Beer Can Chicken
Homemade barbecue sauce  adds a spicy-sweet tinge of flavor to a classic beer can chicken.
Grilled Steak With Chimichurri
At the earliest glimpse of sunshine, bust out the grill and celebrate with chimichurri-brushed steak . Verdant, pungent chimichurri, which is made of olive oil, fresh herbs, and garlic, is Argentina's most widely-used condiment.