Perhaps because most of the actual cooking was rudimentary and somewhat bland -- or maybe because there was no refrigeration and meat and fish were frequently "off" -- there was no shortage of sauces to add flavoring or to cover a bad taste. In addition, the colonists came up with a rather large variety of different gravies, preservatives and other toppings to add zest to their food.
Sauces were usually fairly specific to a type of food: red meats, fish, vegetables, etc. Frequently a recipe states "serve with sauce," without specifyng an exact mixture; feel free to experiment to find one that is right for your meal.
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