Just a dash of Worcestershire sauce can make a big splash in a variety of recipes. It's a key ingredient in the Columbia Restaurant's famous 1905 salad, an authentic Caesar salad and a full-bodied Bloody Mary cocktail, to name a few recipes. On its own, the fermented liquid can have an unappealing and even foul smell, likely because of the ingredients, which include anchovies, vinegar, sugar, molasses and garlic. Together, the pungent combinations bring out the best in marinades, meats and more. Our judges didn't hold their noses or turn them up at any of the 10 brands of Worcestershire sauce we sampled straight from the bottle.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent