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Derek Rylon’s brunch sauces for bosses

Amber Graefen


Dec 22nd, 2017

You love your pancakes, waffles, toasts and crepes for breakfast and brunch. But admit it, things are getting boring.

That’s why the latest trend is all about trading in traditional syrups and jams from the store for homemade alternatives. You’ll love dabbling or drizzling these easily made sauces – from one of our favorite chefs – all over your favorite breakfast and brunch staples.

(about 4 cups of hot sauce)

  • 2 jalapeño peppers
  • 28 ounces canned whole tomatoes with juice
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg

Instructions: Remove stems from both jalapeños and seeds from one.  Mix all ingredients in a blender until desired consistency.

Side note: When making hot sauce, be careful with peppers. Keep hands away from face and eyes or use gloves.

Goes great with: Chicken and waffles, scrambled eggs, hash browns.


(about 12 servings)

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup 100 percent maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Optional: Scoop maple butter onto plastic wrap and twist the edges to create a log shape with the butter. Freeze until next use.

Goes great with: Pancakes, waffles, French toast, chicken and waffles, oatmeal.

Perfect Pairings

Even though these recipes are perfect for a variety of breakfast and brunch recipes, it’s important to know how to pair sauces with your favorite foods. Here are a few tips to for getting the juices flowing — pun intended.

Add flavor to whole-wheat waffles, banana-oat pancakes and whole-grain French toast with sauces based on fresh or frozen fruit.

Complement complex quiches with buttery sauces. Even better, go with butter alternatives made with nuts or seeds such as almond and sunflower. Or try sauces based on mashed avocado, hummus or extra virgin olive oil.

Give eggs, potatoes and toast a pickup with spicy sauces made with black pepper, onions, black pepper and tangy fresh peppers.

Try these new recipes and experiment with making your own sauce creations at home!

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