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Gourmet Tartar Sauce?

Serving several fish dishes this holiday. Would like suggestions for an upscale/interesting tartar sauce product. What I see on the shelves does not impress me. Also, any suggestions to kick up a homemade tartar sauce?

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  1. I usually just use mayo and pickle relish

    1. minced capers, freshly diced dill pickles or french cornichons, lemon juice, grated onion, mustard, homemade mayo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartar_s...
      kick up with worcestershire, fish sauce, cayenne, horseradish, jalapeƱos, green onions, or wasabi....

      other good ones for seafood:
      make a sauce verte http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_sauce
      or gribiche http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauce_gr...
      white remoulade: http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?...
      creole remoulade, too http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?...
      sorrel sauce is good with salmon http://www.frenchgardening.com/cuisin...

      1. I've been making sriracha tartar sauce: mayo, relish, sriracha. Remember that a little sriracha goes a long way. I really love this combo, though.

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        1. re: kattyeyes

          Related, the spicy mayo popular in sushi places is just mayo, sriracha, and rice wine vinega. It's a great fish dip.

          1. re: DeisCane

            I didn't realize they add rice wine vinegar, too. I will have to play around with this addition. I am hooked on spicy mayo (inspired by sushi places as you mentioned). Thanks! :)

            1. re: kattyeyes

              Not much (1:6 ratio with the mayo at most), but that's what gives it the slight edge rather than merely added spice. You can also add lemon juice but I haven't really enjoyed it that way.

              1. re: kattyeyes

                kattyeyes, have you tried kraft's hot and spicy mayo (new to me)? it *is* hot AND spicy. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produc...

                1. re: alkapal

                  I have not--I am waiting for my special "import" of Duke's from the south in a couple of weeks when someone goes to Atlanta. ;)

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    good for you. hope you love it! this kraft's is a whole different animal, though!

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Well, talk to me. How is the Kraft h&s mayo different? Do you liked it better than your own kicked up Duke's or Hellman's? Is there a special 12-step program for mayo addicts? ;)

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        you're not really a mayo addict until you start eating your gefilte fish with mayo

                        1. re: berel

                          How about matzoh balls with mayo? That's my uncle's schtick.

                          1. re: berel

                            No way, you guys--there really should be a 12-step program for mayo in the offing! ;) Gefilte fish and matzoh balls, eh? Who knew?!

                            1. re: kattyeyes

                              the mayo and gefilte fish is an Israeli thing. never heard the matzah balls an mayo one

                              1. re: berel

                                Mayo works better on hard matzoh balls.

                                1. re: berel

                                  It's also favored by 'yekes' (on gefilte fish - not matzah balls)!

                                  1. re: berel

                                    Other good combos: mayo and french fries; green beans with mayo and BBQ sauce; and roast paprika chicken and mayo (not the leftover chicken but hot from the oven)

                              2. re: kattyeyes

                                kattyeyes, the kraft hot and spicy is kicked up in a pretty complex way, i think. it has heat, but flavorful heat. probably some different chiles, maybe some cumin and/or coriander. probably some mustard and maybe celery seed. maybe some bay leaf? and because it is coming out of the bottle pre-kicked up, it is a lot thicker than when you kick it up yourself. but i won't give up my duke's or hellman's (for my knorr's dip, ya know!).

                                plus, sometimes, i just wanna be lazy and squirt it on my bread.

                                i think it'd be great for dipping FRIED things. who would have seen that coming?

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  Oh, ABSOLUTELY, kicked up mayo is a MAGNET for fried things! I just made sriracha tartar today, having had a day of good chow with my mom. She gets these great little frozen crab cakes at the seafood counter at A&P (supermarket) with spicy tartar. I added rice vinegar to the mix as Deis Cane mentioned above (thanks!). Now my mom wants to have sriracha at her house, too!

                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                    hey katty, where does a&p still operate? do the stores still smell like fresh-ground coffee? <inhale. smile.>

                                    1. re: alkapal

                                      CT--ours was a Food Mart, has been an A&P for a while now. Doesn't smell like fresh-ground coffee. Today the first whiff that hit me was fresh fruit. Not as caffeinated, but just as sweet. ;)

                                      Check out this map--the Northeast is absolutely teeming with A&Ps!
                                      http://www.apfreshonline.com/pages_ab...

                                      It looks like an invasion--they've taken over CT's "Gold Coast" and continued their conquest in NY!

                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                        when i grew up in sw florida, the local a&p was redolent of fresh-ground coffee ("8-o-clock coffee") , as this was an a&p specialty in their chain. it was so wonderful to go in there and shop. http://www.aptea.com/history.asp

                                        1. re: alkapal

                                          Yum! Even before I enjoyed DRINKING coffee, I was lured by that aroma...even just Dunkin' Donuts!

                                          Interesting history, BTW. And ours *was* a Food Mart/Waldbaum's (I lost track of all the names till I read the link), too.

                                          You'll get a kick out of this--my favorite reusable shopping bags are from A&P.
                                          http://www.aptea.com/haub_foundation.asp

                                          They have pretty wildlife/nature photos on them. One of my bags has a picture of Veggo on it. If I ever meet him, I will have to surrender my shopping bag. HA HA! Of course, I bought the bag before I even knew who Veggo was, but now, whenever I see it, I'm reminded of our buddy's avatar.

                                          And, thanks a bunch, now I want a cappucino!

                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                            the mods nixed my last response ;-((, but i think it is notable that the re-usable grocery bags are available through a&p.

                                            1. re: alkapal

                                              Oh, bummer. The A&P bags are not only nicer looking, but bigger and sturdier than many of the reusables. Sorry you were nixelated. I always enjoy our chats. I should take a picture of my Veggo bag and post it. HA!

                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                i envision being nixelated like going into the star trek transporter, where one just de-materializes. http://www.mediacollege.com/video/spe...