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Jun 7, 2009 08:08 AM

What's the best thing to put ketchup on?

And while you're giving your answer, what is your favorite brand of ketchup to use?

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  1. If I have no other option, I'll use it for French fries but prefer almost anything else, i.e., ranch dressing, tartar sauce, mustard. I use ketchup IN cocktail sauce and I don't have a favorite brand.

      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

        Goes well on foie gras also. I use Heinz only though. Heinz has a MUCH more intense, complicated flavor. I get hints of oak, and a bit of a floral note - hibiscus, maybe?

        Other things it goes well on:

        Dotted on a dozen fresh kumamotos or wellfleets.

        Mixed into a nice chicken korma - heaven

        A nice long squeeze for a toro makizushi

        And oh yeah, what in the world would a Chicago style hot dog be without a generous squeeze of ketchup?

        Also, as a topping for egg noodles to make traditional Spaghetti di Parma.
        I actually throw a tiny dollop into a stir fry as I'm chowing the ingredients to add a touch of a sweet note, and to add a tiny bit of body to the sauce.

        1. re: gordeaux

          I'm trying to shake the imagery of ketchup on foie gras out of my head. Cruel.

          1. re: Veggo

            Relax, Veggo; he's joking... (Let's not string him up yet.)

            1. re: Scargod

              Believe it or not I've actually had ketchup on fois. It was home made ketchup and other condiments served on a fois gras slider. One the best sliders I've ever had!

              1. re: Fritter

                OMG, the way YOU describe it, it does sound good. BTW, did you see the post about habanero fritters? I was hoping you'd chime in.

                1. re: c oliver

                  I missed the Fritter thread! :(
                  The slider was at Arrows in Ogunquit, ME. They seared the fois in beef fat and the flavor was incredibly good. It was tiny but delicious and a lot of fun.

        2. re: mrbigshotno.1

          You're kidding, right? Why would anyone spend all that money on Kobe beef and then cover it in ketchup?

          1. re: al b. darned

            I think mrbig and al were both joking!

            1. re: al b. darned

              At a steakhouse in Carmel, CA, I was once seated at the table next to a gentleman who ordered a Kobe steak, medium to well-done. The server talked him out of that, saying that the chef wouldn't want to serve it that way, but that he was sure the diner would enjoy it medium rare. Diner agreed. Then when the steak came, diner took a bite, pronounced it very good, and called over the server to bring him ketchup (which he did, and which did go on the steak...)

              1. re: susancinsf

                my mom will put ketchup on steak, as did my ex step-dad. never on kobe tho...

          2. Crunchy tater tots and WF365 ketchup are the perfect match.

              1. re: thew

                I don't know the best thing to put ketchup on, but the worst would be a hot dog.

                1. re: hotdoglover

                  Precisely! Amen! Right on! I'm with you on that.

                      1. re: hotdoglover

                        so true. dogs get mustard & kraut. period.

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          Oh, pshaw. The hot dog is a blank canvas, meant to be painted in myriad ways. Sure, I love a good mustard/kraut dog, but I also love ketchup/mustard/sweet relish, sweet relish and onions (raw or fried), mustard/corn relish/kraut, Chicago style, and of course the classic chili dog. I've put grated cheese on dogs, BBQ sauce, horseradish, honey mustard, and one day, when I was too lazy to make chili, I put baked beans on them. Wasn't bad!

                          Why would anyone want to restrict themselves to just one style? Sounds downright un-American to me, to quote Archie Leach.

                          1. re: FrankD

                            i have to agree with frank, here, ghg. i see the hot dog as an opportunity to satisfy my fancy of the day. like frank, i've put all manner of things on hot dogs -- probably including bbq beans!

                            the hot dog is much more likely to get a very spare treatment if it is nicely charred over the wood fire. then it is most likely to get a simple squirt of french's or gulden's.

                            here is some hot dog humor:

                            1. re: alkapal

                              i should have been more clear. i didn't mean to imply that there's NO place for things like BBQ beans, cheese or chili on a hot fact, i've enjoyed all of the above at one time or another. but IMO, when you start talking about heavier toppings like that, you're venturing into different territory - it's no longer just a simple dog with a standard condiment or two. so what i *should* have said is that for me, a basic or "plain" dog gets mustard & kraut, and definitely NOT ketchup because i don't think ketchup belongs on *anything* unless it's a crispy fried potato.

                              but y'all are welcome to put as much ketchup on yours as you'd like...just please don't drip any on mine :)

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                Not a hot dog per se, but I MUST have ketchup on my corn mustard.

                            2. re: FrankD

                              I'm with you. It kills me when people will stack everything on their hot dog but ketchup. Which is fine if you don't like the taste of ketchup, but to say it ruins the dog, especially when you have a hole cornucopia heaped on top, is really very silly. I proudly put ketchup on dogs and burgers

                              1. re: FrankD

                                you said it! a hot dog can have salsa or hot sauce on it! chili cheddar dog anyone! hot dog snob! PFSH!!!

                            3. re: hotdoglover

                              I like my dogs best with mustard, kraut and relish. Sometimes with chili or onions.
                              But NEVER ketchup.

                          2. According to my son, a spoon.