Here are speedy fixes to slather over cooked rice, rotisserie chicken, open-face turkey sandwiches, or mashed potatoes.

You might be thinking these sauces sure sound a lot like gravy. But here's the difference: Gravies require pan drippings, while sauces do not. Gravy is a sauce, but not all sauces are gravy. However that technicality isn't really important. Getting flavorful food on the table is. And these recipes do just that.

Sauce Recipes:

Steps to Successful Sauces
Follow these guidelines for perfect Onion Sauce, Mushroom-Onion Sauce, and Beef-Onion Sauce.

"Quick and Easy: Simple, Satisfying Sauces" is from the March 2006 issue of Southern Living.