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May 26, 2007 09:15 PM

Comeback Sauce?

Anyone know a recipe for comeback sauce. Maybe someone from Mississippi can help me here. I have had several Southern California versions at different char-burger joints and have always wondered about the amounts of the various ingredients. Most recently I had a burger that had the sauce and within it I was hit with several very small chunks of celery. That flavor made me also suspect a little celery salt mixed in with the pickle. I can see, and taste, the presence of 1,000 Island but it seems there is more mayo and some mustard with the diced pickle (Tarter sauce) making up a larger portion of the final product than the 1,000 Island -- not sure. I am sure, however, that this sauce makes people comeback to the burger joints that spread it on their burgers. I am planing lots of back-yard grilling this summer and a good comeback sauce will help cover the flavors resulting from my poor grilling skills (Well done to extra well). Any ideas will help. My Thanks, JeetJet?

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  1. Had no idea what it was.
    I found this on google. Doesn't sound like what you describe (No celery) but I did look at a couple that claimed to be genuine southern and they were pretty much the same.


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    1. re: Davwud

      I made burgers for dinner last night so I decided to give this a try.

      I liked it. Worked really well on the burger.


      1. re: Davwud

        Hi Davwud,
        This link seems to have expired. Do you have Robert's recipe that you can share?

          1. re: BobB

            Thanks Bob. Sorry I missed it. Thanks for the thread. This stuff looks go-ood.

      2. My Mama grew up in the Natchez area and has a kumback sauce recipe that I will not share. Her tartar sauce recipe is an even more closely held secret. I will divulge that the sauces are always made the day before the feast so flavors can mingle in a Mason or Ball jar in the fridge.

        Kumback is similar to Thousand Island, but I don't know anyone who uses bottled dressing to start. Most Mississippians will not use celery. Many recipes call for much ground pepper, Mama's does.

        I put ("comeback sauce" OR "cumback sauce" OR "kumback sauce" recipe) into google and got plenty of hits. This one from Baton Rouge for Fried Green Tomatoes topped with boiled shrimp and Mississippi Comeback Sauce sounds really really good.

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        1. re: AreBe

          duh. here's the link. "Chili" sauce is from Heinz. Dice the onion very fine.

        2. Come Back Dressing (also known as Kumbak)

          Recipe By :Rubelishous of Toronto, Canada
          Serving Size : 10 Preparation Time :0:05

          2 cups mayonnaise
          1/2 cup Bennetts Chili Sauce
          1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
          2 cloves garlic -- minced
          1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
          1 small onion -- grated
          salt -- to taste
          1 tablespoon Sweet Hungarian Paprika
          1 dash Tabasco sauce
          1 teaspoon prepared mustard
          1/4 cup vegetable oil

          Combine all ingredients in blender and refrigerate.

          Use as salad dressing or as dip with boiled shrimp, Ritz crackers or Melba toast.

          "A traditional Mississippi salad dressing of mayonnaise, chili sauce spices and vegetable oil. Can be used as a salad dressing or as a dip."
          "Copied by Tom Shunick - A Receptarist on the shores of Rehoboth Bay, DE - August 5, 2006"
          "2 1/2 cups"

          NOTES : This is a great salad dressing or sandwich sauce that is served at restaurants and homes across Mississippi.

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            1. Southern Living has a recipe and I found reference to it at the following link:

              There was also a recipe for hushpuppies- a to-die-for combination.