Festive Sweet-and-Sour Sauces

When planning your holiday soirees, remember: Party food shouldn't be too subtle. For festive and intensely sweet-and-sour barbecue sauce, sherriberry likes to make a concoction that's half grape jelly, half Heinz Chili Sauce, which is "usually located next to the ketchup at the store," she says.

laliz mixes things up even further by combining the Chili Sauce with a "whole berry cranberry sauce ... this time of year," clearly a popular combo because there's "[n]ever any left." pine time suggests adding grated lemon or orange on top "for a bit of zing."

Sweet-and-savory sauces work well when paired with meats or appetizers. "I used to date someone who had this family recipe passed down for generations for sweet and sour meatballs. I believe it was made with cranberry and pineapple juices, vinegar, brown sugar and ketchup," says fourunder. "Whenever the family made it I could not believe the smiles and wide open eyes on their faces."

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