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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: http://www.aldenteblog.com/2009/03/fi...

                            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 dog...in 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 dogs...no 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.

                            1. A burger and fries..Come on it's American

                              On cold Meatloaf or steak sandwiches.

                              Ham and peppers omelets

                              Heinz for sure..

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                              1. re: Eric in NJ

                                I agree absolutely with the cold meatloaf and the Heinz

                                1. re: laliz

                                  On Roman Meal buttered bread! Agree totally!

                              2. The only thing I put ketchup on is french fries.....Heinz

                                Three decades ago while I was a young camp counselor teaching tennis in Wisconsin, The oddest thing I have ever seen someone dip into a bowl of ketchup...was Lay's potato chips....the kid was from Chicago....maybe it actually makes perfect sense.

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                                1. re: fourunder

                                  I've dipped chips in it..After all they are just cold flat fries :o)

                                  1. re: fourunder

                                    I love chips dipped in ketchup...part of the perfect hangover meal!

                                    1. re: jbsiegel

                                      Ketchup on rippled potato chips is yummy, but only off a paper plate in summer.

                                      1. re: turqmut

                                        Even better -
                                        Potato Stix!!!

                                        Yummm potato stix and ketchup!! The best!

                                    2. re: fourunder

                                      I agree, concur and ally myself with you that any other use of cu-cu-cu catschup is heresy (even if you don't feel that strongly)!

                                      1. re: fourunder

                                        As kids, we used to dip Doritos in it. Sometimes w/ melted chese on them. :-)~

                                        1. re: fourunder

                                          have you heard of or tried lay's ketchup chips? i've only known them to be sold in canada. yum... http://cgi.ebay.com/Canadian-Lays-Ket...

                                          here's another CH post about them, too:

                                        2. Corned beef hash w poached eggs

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                                          1. re: shaebones

                                            If there's a ketchup bottle on the breakfast table, I hide it behind the napkin dispenser or something. Talk about ick :( I like a combo of several different hot sauces on breakfast food.

                                              1. re: Scargod

                                                I actually do mix heinz and cholula!! I find ketchup to be pretty gross and cloyingly sweet (most common brands, anyway), but mixed up with a little hot sauce perfect with omelettes and homefries.

                                            1. re: shaebones

                                              That's the item and Heinz, burgers as well, but dipped in not on the hamburger.

                                            2. Scrambled eggs with curry ketchup.

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                                              1. I only but ketchup to make cocktail sauce, and since Heinz dominates shelf space, I buy Del Monte to be contrarian.

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                                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                                  Del Monte tastes better than Hunt's (too sweet). costs less than Heinz. & I feel better NOT supporting Heinz, just because.

                                                2. Heinz Organic on a fried egg, along with Worcestershire sauce.

                                                  1. Totally surprised that no one has said a grilled cheese sandwich. On a cold Canadian winter day, there was no better lunch.

                                                    And, of course, Heinz - there are no other kinds.

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                                                    1. re: KevinB

                                                      Agreed. However a bowl of hot soup with said GCS is also a must.


                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                        How about a compromise.....no ketchup on the Grilled Cheese....but Tomato for soup?

                                                        1. re: fourunder

                                                          No deal. Gotta have ketchup to dip you GCS in. Unless I put fresh tomato on it. And bacon too.


                                                      2. re: KevinB

                                                        Oh my gosh! You're totally right. I was searching for the GCS before I posted. My partner thinks it's totally insane, but the warm, gooey cheese with the chilled, sweet ketchup is heaven.

                                                        1. re: KevinB

                                                          Ah, that's exactly what my Canadian boyfriend does! I thought it was just him.

                                                        2. Bacon butty. And Heinz

                                                          1. A meat pie with a crust or (homemade) shepherd's pie. Preferably Heinz, the previously sedately-named "Hot Ketchup", now appallingly renamed "Hot 'n' Spicy Kick'rs" ketchup.

                                                            1. best - hashbrowns...

                                                              worst - steak...yuck...

                                                              favorite brand - heinz...yum...

                                                              1. Heinz on tuna casserole.

                                                                1. On a prime porterhouse :-D

                                                                  1. Heinz on burgers, fries, cold meatloaf, hot or cold salmon patties. Also - sorry, purists - with Heinz mustard on all-beef franks.

                                                                      1. left over chunks of cold turkey breast dipped in ketchup is my favorite strange snack

                                                                        1. Heinz, on the side with French fries; also on a hamburger

                                                                          1. On a piece of deep fried cod or halibut with home made tarter sauce on a hard roll. I use Heinz Organic.

                                                                            1. The egg dish called a "One Eyed Egyptian" or a "One Eyed Sailor," though my dad called them simply "Cowboy Eggs." Tear a hole in a slice of bread (preferably stale), fry it in butter or bacon fat, turn it over and drop and egg into the hole, turn it again to firm up the top of the egg. Serve with ketchup.

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                                                                              1. re: Father Kitchen

                                                                                That is such a Dad thing. Mine was famous for it as well. Is it only given to men who have children to know about it?

                                                                                1. re: Father Kitchen

                                                                                  My mom taught me to make these 55 +/- years ago, but we called them Bird's Nests. (I've heard others refer to them as Toad-in-the-Hole.) And, at our house, ketchup was never involved.

                                                                                  My dad did use ketchup on scrambled eggs, but the rest of the family considered that to be aberrant behavior.

                                                                                  1. re: Deenso

                                                                                    Toad-in-the-Hole was served in my parent's house too! Dad wouldn't eat it with ketchup though, that was my childhood addition along with the jelly omelet. My grandfather would eat ketchup on eggs, pancakes and green beans.

                                                                                      1. re: Scargod

                                                                                        Eggs with grape jelly in the center. It turned the eggs green!

                                                                                        1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                          haha, thats so great, I never had that when I was a kid but I would always get scrambled eggs at the diner and make a sandwich with a piece of toast, grape jelly, and scrambled eggs on top. Mmmmm!!!

                                                                                    1. re: Deenso

                                                                                      And my grandmother called them Picture Frame Eggs...

                                                                                      1. re: Emme

                                                                                        my mom called them eggs in a frame and they were my favorite way to have eggs as a kid :-)

                                                                                  2. Baked potatoes (either that or salsa on the potato).

                                                                                    1. Heinz or my Publix brand but usually Heinz. Fries, onion rings, hot dog, burger. But I use it in cooking, sauces etc., but those are really the only things I put it directly on.

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                                                                                      1. re: kchurchill5

                                                                                        There is a brand called Brooks. Anybody else use it? Mostly sold in Indiana and the mid-west, and getting harder all the time to find--now made by Birds-eye Foods in Canada, don't ask me why Canada. Some of those web sites that sell hard-to-find childhood foods carry it. Much better than the standard national brands. Spicy. Of course one bottle lasts me a couple of years.

                                                                                        It was originally bottled at a factory in Collinsville Ill., near St. Louis, and they did the water tower in the shape of the catsup bottle, where it became known as the world's largest catsup bottle. It's still there AFAIK.

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                                                                                          I somewhat remember that but not sure. Still available.

                                                                                          1. re: johnb

                                                                                            I haven't had Brooks in ages but used to eat it at my Aunt's house in Chicagoland. We always thought she had "special" ketchup. I didn't know it was bottled near St Louis but now it makes sense that Auntie would use it. She grew up in Hannibal, MO. Thanks for the history!

                                                                                        2. Not being a ketchup connoisseur, I am generally indiscriminant as to which ketchup I use. I use it almost exclusively for french fries, tater-tots and onion rings. However, a *very* liberal application of ground black pepper is standard practice. As the ketchup is consumed, more pepper is added, and so on, until a rich, black-flecked condiment is achieved.

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                                                                                          1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                            yes, must have black pepper.....

                                                                                          2. Anyone else do the Ketchup and mayo mix for fries? I mix Heinz and mayo at about a 50/50 ratio as a sauce for my fries.

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                                                                                            1. re: ReggieL.

                                                                                              My mother used to make that as our kid-version of cocktail sauce. I will put some ketchup and mustard beside each other and dip a fry into each.

                                                                                              1. re: ReggieL.

                                                                                                Oh, that's big in Germany -- also known as pommes rot-weiss. Delish.

                                                                                                1. re: ReggieL.

                                                                                                  LOVE ketchup mixed w/ mayo - yum. Even better is if the fries have melted mozzarella on them. This was the standard "gut plug" (as we so eloquently called it) we ate at 2 a.m. after a night of boozing. The best hangover preventer. :)

                                                                                                  1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                    I do a mix of ketchup, mayo, and bbq sauce.... but it's gotta be a spicy bbq sauce, or else i have to add some hot sauce in there too....

                                                                                                    1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                      i do that exact sauce for those little cubed seasoned potatoes -- like the diced ore-ida "hash browns". come to think of it, it'd be excellent on a fresh-from-the-fryer mickey d's "hash brown" patty.

                                                                                                      usually, i'm at our church's café when i get those hash browns, and the condiments are in the pumps. i'm standing there like some cocktail maker, a squirt of this, two squirts of that, a shake of the frank's hot sauce. ;-).

                                                                                                2. I LOVE ketchup...only Heinz though.

                                                                                                  I use it on:

                                                                                                  Grilled cheese
                                                                                                  French fries
                                                                                                  Chicken nuggets/breaded chicken
                                                                                                  Fish coated in cornmeal
                                                                                                  Fish sticks....haven't had those in years, wanted them while pregnant and hubby refused to buy them for me
                                                                                                  Hot Dogs

                                                                                                  1. Short answer: somebody else's food!

                                                                                                    I do want to try an old New England recipe (found in a collection of Kenneth Roberts's writings) for tomato ketchup, though, that has a lot of spice but NO sugar or other sweetener, which is my principal objection to its use as a condiment.

                                                                                                    Oddly enough, in our family, it was used only in making meatloaf, or on hot dogs. Never on hamburgers, which got mustard instead.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                      There was another thread recently where I commented that Mr. O *educated* me that mayo goes on burgers and mustard on hot dogs. Funny how those things get passed along/down.

                                                                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                        I went to Chicago and got a hot dog and my friends from the area always get mayo. Yuck. I just couldn't see it, but mayo always goes on my burger with mustard (maybe ketchup). Mustard on hotdogs. Not a ketchup girl usually for that. My Dad can't eat a burger with mayo, onions, lettuce and tomato and BBQ sauce. Never ketchup or mustard. Hot dog, mustard and relish only for him. Traditions are funny what we learn from.

                                                                                                        1. re: kchurchill5

                                                                                                          My hot dogs nowadays get mustard and mayo. Mrs. O likes ketchup on the things that "normal" people do; whenever I make fried potatoes for breakfast I have to remember to bring out the ketchup bottle, or else she'll do an exasperated snort and go fetch it herself.

                                                                                                          1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                            And mayo? Even though I don't usually eat hot dogs, that gets a snort out of me!

                                                                                                            1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                              I simply have a deep fondness for mayonnaise, and all its next-of-kin. I love it on frites, even though nobody in my family is either Dutch or Belgian.

                                                                                                              1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                Well, fine. I like it and its cousins, like remoulade, on many things, but you said meat! I like mustard, as an alternate to catchup on my French frites!

                                                                                                          2. re: kchurchill5

                                                                                                            Didn't u just say (a few posts up) that you put ketchup on your hot dogs and hamburgers?

                                                                                                        2. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                          "Short answer: somebody else's food!"

                                                                                                          Laffin here. LOL

                                                                                                          1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                            Shorter answer: tasteless food.

                                                                                                            Same in my growing up: a component of meatloaf, but not put on hamburgers. Hot dogs, depending on how vile or tasteless they were, sometimes got the kitchen sink, if available.

                                                                                                          2. I like ketchup on:

                                                                                                            Fried egg sandwiches

                                                                                                            A bowl of fried rice

                                                                                                            A cheap, not-all-beef hot dog

                                                                                                            A diner-style, thin patty burger

                                                                                                            1. I was in my usual store today and they had Heinz 40oz. on a BOGO, making it $1.50 a bottle (at this store, you need only buy one to get the half-price per unit deal). The 16 oz size was sitting on the shelf above for $1.57. Such are the strange ways of grocery pricing.

                                                                                                              1. I used to LOVE Heinz Ketchup.

                                                                                                                I would eat it on anything and almost everything... Favorites include steamed veggies (i.e. cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, asparagus, eggplant, etc.), egg whites, blackened fish....

                                                                                                                1. I love to dip my tuna sandwich in Heinz ketchup...

                                                                                                                  1. Heinz on hash browns, burgers and dogs.

                                                                                                                    Some omelettes are improved by a dash of ketchup.

                                                                                                                    If you are eating crispy fried Spam, might as well sin all the way with some ketchup.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: fresnohotspot

                                                                                                                      I still haven't tried Spam. My regular grocery now has single packs of a Spam slice in a foil packet (like tuna pouches) - I glanced over at the display on the table but never went over for further inspection. That would be the perfect way for me to try Spam- baby steps!

                                                                                                                      1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                        Try the spam the way I mentioned, sliced thinly and slowly fried until the edges are crispy. Let the slices cool as you would bacon (maybe on paper towels), then serve with a side of fried or scrambled eggs. A dash of Heinz ketchup... and if you eat it with some steamed rice, you're halfway to becoming Hawaiian. Substitute grits and you might become Okie.

                                                                                                                    2. Home Fries
                                                                                                                      Egg topped Hash
                                                                                                                      Tator Tots
                                                                                                                      Meatloaf (either topped when baking or used in the leftover consumption process)

                                                                                                                      I am not brand loyal but seem to always grab the Heinz. One bottle lasts about a year.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                        Meatloaf topped with ketchup and brown sugar mixed makes a great topping.

                                                                                                                        A friend who moved gave me a bag of onion tater tots she wasn't keeping so I had to find a way to make them, better than just heating them up. Hadn't had them in years but one night I beat one egg, a little flour 1 teaspoon and mashed up 20 or so thawed tt's some fresh herbs, made little patties and pan fried them. They turned out so good. And I do but ketchup on them.

                                                                                                                        1. re: kchurchill5

                                                                                                                          Agreed. It wouldn't be Mom's meatloaf without the topping. Ketchup, brown sugar, a little bit of mustard, sometimes some soy sauce or a tiny bit of worchestershire. Sticky, sweet, and salty!

                                                                                                                      2. The chips, as in fish and chips (malt vinegar on the fish).

                                                                                                                        As an ingredient in Chinese food (I believe ketchup is of Chinese origin) such as shrimp i tomato sauce.

                                                                                                                        1. it would be french fries, tator tots, and meat loaf glaze, and sometimes a small puddle to dip in. I use it in an ingredient for some of my Chinese sauces/recipes. And I like it for the base of my shrimp cocktail horseradish sauce.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                                            How could I forget the base of cocktail sauce. A FL gal forgetting that. Absolutely

                                                                                                                          2. I love to mix berbere(spice blend from Ethiopia) and tamarind into ketchup as a great glaze for my meatloaf. I also love it on scrambled eggs, a plain ol' burger, fries and spicy tater tots.

                                                                                                                            1. Shockingly, here it is. Use *slightly* watered down Heinz Ketchup mixed with dried oregano, and drizzle it on stuffed green bell peppers before you put them into the oven to bake.

                                                                                                                                1. heinz ketchup (mixed with mayo, maybe hot chopped peppers) as a dipper for really crispy tater tots! ha-cha-cha!

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                    Yes! I'm shocked that you may've been the first to mention tater tots as an accompaniment to ketchup. ;) Even better if the tots are deep fried. Those are seriously one of the most delicious things on earth and superior, even, to the "French" fry.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: cimui

                                                                                                                                      hey cimui, i don't think i'm the first to mention it...but only the second (the other mention was in a list, upthread). i'm intrigued by the deep fryer concept. mr. alka is in london right now, so i might just go crazy! ;-)).

                                                                                                                                      i guess you let them thaw, then dry them off/blot them dry?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                        Yum, I want some. Can I come over? I'll bring the Heinz and the salt! ;-)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                          I wish I knew. The burger places in my home town deep fry their tots along with the fries. It's not something I've ever made at home because I'm too lazy to deep fry anything. All I know is that the crust you get on tots when they're deep fried is incomparable.

                                                                                                                                          Oi. You caught me at a weak and hungry moment. I think I'm going to have to go get tater tots somewhere for lunch....

                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal


                                                                                                                                            Check out Candy's Potato Bites recipe. Yep, pretty much homemade tater tots.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: fern

                                                                                                                                              thanks! i just asked candy (the OP) there if they could be shaped in little basket shapes in the mini muffin tins -- or larger tins. great for an appetizer "basket."

                                                                                                                                      2. We use Hunt's or Delmonte, or homemade. And my grandmother's tourtiere, which is a pork pie that we make a Christmas time. It's delicious.

                                                                                                                                        1. On British fish-and-chips drenched in malt vinegar and heavily salted - especially on the non-crispy chips.


                                                                                                                                          1. I was at a little Polish food store near me in Houston, and they had a big display of Polish ketchup. I was tempted to buy some, but I just don't use ketchup except for cocktail sauce. Has anyone had this Polish ketchup?

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                              James, you Texan! Use chile sauce in "cock tale" sauce, much better. Ketchup on corned beef hash or on fish cake w/ beans for breakfast, Chummy.
                                                                                                                                              El Lobo

                                                                                                                                            2. Ketchup, steak fries and a strip steak. Heaven.

                                                                                                                                              1. OMG...diced potatoes,peppers and onion all pan fried together. Then mix ketchup w/maple syrup and dip as you're eat...heaven!

                                                                                                                                                1. I use it as a dip for my grilled cheese sandwiches.
                                                                                                                                                  Heinz is fave.


                                                                                                                                                  1. A scrambled egg sandwich, on white bread, w/plenty of butter and Heinz.
                                                                                                                                                    leftover Arroz con pollo
                                                                                                                                                    Never on a Hotdog!

                                                                                                                                                    1. My secret guilty pleasure side dish: rice, sauteed white mushrooms and vidalia onions, peas, sumac and Heinz Ketchup all mixed up together! It was the only way I was able to eat my mom's steak as a kid - a bite of charred well done steak and several bites of my concoction, repeat until you have eaten enough steak to satisfy mom I won't become anemic and then finish off the rice.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                        oh, tampaaurora, did your mom worry that you weren't getting enough iron? that was my mom! i think she confused the lethargy and malaise of adolescence with true iron-deficiency. ;-). liver, iron supplements.....

                                                                                                                                                        but my dad made steaks, new york strips, a lot -- and he cooked them to "medium" on the grill. so i didn't have to smother our family's steaks.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                          The well done was all on me. I've actually had juicy well done steak since but never from mom's kitchen. I didn't want to eat bloody meat; I was convinced civilized people ate meat well done. Now, I eat my steak (when I do, it's still not something I crave) its cooked to medium. I also ate ketchup mixed with honey as a dip for french fries and a topping for hamburgers.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Favorite thing to put ketchup on-corned beef hash. YUM!!!
                                                                                                                                                        Runner ups include hash browns, hamburgers and hot dogs. Although the hot dog varies (sometimes just mustard, sometimes with kraut, sometimes loaded with EVERYTHING) I prefer mayo for my fries, with ranch coming a close second, but ketchup will do if the first two things aren't available. Oh! And meatloaf!

                                                                                                                                                        1. i'm not a big fan of ketchup, so i think there are very few things that benefit from the addition. i'll only willingly eat it on a burger on a bun, or with extra-crispy/well done french fries, home fries, hash browns or tater tots. obviously if i'm eating in a restaurant i don't have much of a choice of brand, and if it contains HFCS i won't use it, so i rarely order anything in a restaurant that needs it (i don't eat burgers away from home anyway).

                                                                                                                                                          at home, it's always organic, usually TJ's or Muir Glen.

                                                                                                                                                          it's funny how opinionated and passionate people can get about ketchup. my sister LOVES it, and puts it on practically everything...and she refuses to use anything but original Heinz. go figure.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                            Fries, onionrings, fired potato wedges, that is what I enjoy. A dog with ketchup. If kraut available or chili no ketchup. burger, sometimes.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Often times you see a ketchup bottle sitting next to the hot sauce bottle at many clam bars here in NYC, so I do enjoy the arbitrary squirt of ketchup on a raw clam once in a while. Admittedly, I prefer cocktail sauce though.

                                                                                                                                                            1. "Hello, Olympia Restaurant. That to go? Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger...No, no fries - chips. Four chips? Pepsi? No Coke. No orange. No grape. Pepsi. Four Pepsi!"

                                                                                                                                                              Heinz, naturally. (But I do want fries with that burger...)

                                                                                                                                                              1. ketchup on macaroni and cheese :)

                                                                                                                                                                1. First of all, Heinz for store brands, but lately I've begun to think that it's changed since my youth and am considering other options.

                                                                                                                                                                  Can't really fill in the blank to "Ketchup on _____ is the best.", but the following are what gets ketchup straight from the bottle in my world.

                                                                                                                                                                  Hamburger - always
                                                                                                                                                                  Scrambled eggs - almost always - depends on quality of the final product.
                                                                                                                                                                  Corned beef hash if the mandatory fried egg is over cooked - otherwise no.
                                                                                                                                                                  Baked beans - Always with canned, usually with homemade.
                                                                                                                                                                  French fries and hash browns - always.
                                                                                                                                                                  Grilled (American) cheese - always.
                                                                                                                                                                  Grilled ham and cheese - never.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

                                                                                                                                                                    simply heinz is the orig. recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Chowrin

                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Chowrin. None of the stores I shop in carry the complete Heinz product line, but I'll give it a try if I can find it.
                                                                                                                                                                      I tried their organic version hoping it would be closer to the way I remembered the ketchup of my youth but it wasn't, and (as with most organic products I try) I didn't think it was worth the extra cost.
                                                                                                                                                                      Hopefully Simply Heinz will end my search.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. When chowing down on great onion rings............... ketchup or ranch?

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. I'm not a huge eater of ketchup, but sweet potato fries with chipotle ketchup are sweet, salty, spicy, smoky heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                      Ketchup is one of the few things I have brand loyalty about-I strongly prefer Heinz. But my husband accounts for 99+% of the ketchup consumption in my house and doesn't care, so I usually get the store brand. My mom suggested I squirrel away a bottle of Heinz for my sole personal use, but so far I've been unwilling to resort to deviousness and subterfuge over a condiment.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ErnieD

                                                                                                                                                                        I fully agree, Heinz ketchup is the only bottled ketchup I'll eat. There's a bottle of Del Monte in the fridge at my parents' house than I wrinkle my nose at before searching madly for the Heinz instead.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glam Foodie

                                                                                                                                                                          Hunt's is much more tomatoey (just coined) than Heinz plus it now has zero HFCS.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                                                            i want my vinegar! heinz all the way!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Hot dogs and hamburgers. Hunt's, definitely.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. ANYTHING. I am such a ketchup junkie. And the first time I tried homemade spicy ketchup? OMG, talk about sheer bliss.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Ketchup on fries, any potatoes, leftover salmon, cold poached leftover chicken, grilled leftover chicken, steak, burgers, hot dogs.. lots of stuff!!

                                                                                                                                                                            My favourite is a ketchup I had in cuba, or an organic PC ketchup. I like a lot of acidity in mine, not so much sweetness.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BamiaWruz

                                                                                                                                                                              I'll put it on steak too. Yeah, steak. Yes, and fries and chicken, etc. The list is practically endless. Put it this way...what WON'T I put ketchup on?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nooyawka

                                                                                                                                                                                Just a guess -
                                                                                                                                                                                Foie Gras
                                                                                                                                                                                Trail Mix

                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone else want to play?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                                                                  Biscotti? (I think desserts are wide open, except, maybe, for cheesecake.)

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                                                                                    One of my grandmother's classic meals was peas (or beans) with boiled potatoes and cornmeal dumplings. During summer months it was served with diced tomatoes, but in fall/winter the dish was topped with ketchup.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                                                                                      One of my favorite snacks is canned tuna with ketchup and chili powder or some form of hot sauce....cooked on the stop so the ketchup gets burnt a little...yum.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. We are now for the first time in memory in a ketchup-free household.
                                                                                                                                                                                We're moving.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Heinz on french toast, french fries and poached eggs on toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I *just* learned I like catsup on eggs. But not stand-alone eggs. It has to be the 'scramble' from my local diner (hashbrowns, two eggs over easy, and crumbled bacon with rye toast). The thought of catsup on eggs had always sickened me, and I was always a hot sauce girl for this particular dish, but, last time, their tabasco smelled a wee bit too fermented. At first, I just poured some catsup on the side for the hashbrowns, but wound up dabbling a bit of everything, until I just grabbed the bottle and did a nice squiggle over the whole thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I also like it on Italian sausage (I'm sorry, but tomatoes and sausage are not an *unheard of* thing), but I do tend to bow to customs when in mixed company.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I was a devoted Hunts fan, but I've recently been told I must lower my sodium consumption so I tried the new Heinz Low Sodium and find it to be very good.
                                                                                                                                                                                      My favorite thing to eat it on is cold meatloaf.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Shepards Pie

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. ketchup to everything that dont have its own sauce... (and pasta even if it has sauce) i dont like dry food..

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Ceviche....dont know why but it goes well....just for a change.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Scrapple, home fries, corned beef hash, fish cakes,, all fror breakfast.
                                                                                                                                                                                            A Bolivian hot dog automatically come w/ a track of ketchup and on of mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Scrambled eggs, burgers, hot dogs (at home). I make my own ketchup. :D

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Around 1985 or so, I was having lunch in Phoenix in Ed Debevic's, a Fifties style diner complete with wisecracking, gum-chewing waitresses. I'd had to make a couple of requests for the ketchup bottle for my meatloaf, french-fry, and green bean dinner. Then, while I was still eating, the waitress tried to scoop the bottle for another table, about which I complained.

                                                                                                                                                                                                When she brought my red Jello dessert, she said, "Well, I suppose you'll put ketchup on this, too." "Sure," I replied, at which point she shouted across the room, "Dora, come see this guy. He's putting ketchup on his Jello."

                                                                                                                                                                                                I really wasn't that good...

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. It really wasn't that good...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: henryc

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Always and forever - on steak!!! Fine on hot dogs as far as I am concerned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Eggs over easy
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Soak the yolk with toast and replace it with Catsup, then dig in with more toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Ketchup on fries. Definitely, yeah, definitely.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I much prefer Hunt's to Heinz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I like Heinz. It's what I grew up with. And I like it best on a mid-rare cheeseburger with melted sharp cheddar and dill pickle chips and a scattering of onion. And I like a lot of it. And I want fries too. Now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Look what you did. : )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heinz, unless it's not available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fries, onion rings, eggs. Always eggs. And I like to put it on my mock meat loaf and tuna patties before baking. And I put it on salmon before baking, too. My mom did it and so do I. My friends think I'm a freak. Oh, and I put a squeeze into my vegetable soup before simmering. It just adds a little kick of flavor. My sister puts it on baked potatoes and one of my friends like to use it as sauce for English muffin pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                            mamachef, I was just on another board, and they were talking about Taco Bell....and one of the posters said all the talk made him crave tacos. I say the best way to deal with the power of suggestion is to give in. Life is more scrumptious that way :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nooyawka

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah, nooyawka: I think if you look at the name on that post, it's moi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              And I totally agree with you about giving in to craving. What's the point, otherwise? I believe (or tell myself) that whatever I'm craving is what my body NEEDS, be it a dogfood taco, a great deli sandwich, a beer, or an ice-cream float with great rootbeer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plus, it just tastes good. : ) A CH experience can be had on any level, right?
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, wait; it wasn't about Taco Bell that I posted; it was about Jack-in-the-Box tacos. Which I adore, in all their nasty, oily/crunchy, soft, unspicy deliciousness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Cold fried chicken and mac and cheese (only the frozen or boxed version).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. scrapple... in our house it was a toss-up between ketchup and syrup on our scrapple

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. when i was a kid i would occasionally eat ketchup on a piece of buttered white bread...guilty pleasure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. For breakfast, mix ketchup with maple syrup to dunk waffles,fried eggs and bacon/sausage in. Another variation is ketchup with grape jelly and butter on pancakes but there must be a salty element such as bacon,sausages,or eggs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ketchup with hot sauce and sliced green mango for a snack.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ketchup,mustard,hot sauce and honey on corn dogs and fries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ketchup and A1/Pickapepper/Heinz 57 on grilled steak and hamburgers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ketchup on grilled boudin noir and sauted onions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and by the way Heinz only.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I won't eat fries without ketchup and lots of salt. It's got to be Heinz.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Otherwise, hamburgers, scrambled eggs, home fries, onion rings, potato skins.......
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But NEVER on a hot dog!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Fries, Onion Rings, Chili, Macaroni & Cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I like it with iceberg lettuce, it's the only way I'll eat lettuce and no one else gets it haha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also like it on scrambled eggs, but only scrambled. On toast! I used to do the butter, white bread, mortadela and tomato sauce sandwichs. Oh my god they were soooo good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sometimes with raw vegetables, cucumber, mushrooms, carrots etc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heinz is way to salty for me, I buy an organic brand which I didnt know was organic untill I acutally bothered reading the label properly! I just prefer the more smooth taste of it, less acidic and salty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. pad thai. (i kid i i kid)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Ketchup on fries, tots, home fries, hot dogs, fish sticks, burgers, meatloaf, tenderloin and brain sandwiches with ketchup, pickle, onion. Only buy Simply Heinz now, but if I could would buy Red Gold (because it is from IN) and I love McDonalds ketchup. Maybe because their fries are good but if they sold it in the stores I would definately buy it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: poofty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love McDonalds ketchup. Maybe because their fries are good but if they sold it in the stores I would definately buy it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                depending on the region, McD's ketchup is from one of two suppliers - Heinz or Golden State Foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bigmackdaddy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    as i said, it depends on the region. some locations use Heinz, some use Golden State.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. OK, I'm sitting here thinking of all the foods I eat with ketchup and there is one that is making my mouth water. Taylor pork roll on a bun with lots of ketchup.... YUM! I usually buy Heinz.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: i_am_Lois

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't forget the fried egg on the Taylor pork roll too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can take the boy outta Jersey but you can't take the Jersey outta the boy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think I crave Taylor Pork Roll more than lobstah out here. But I need my red and green chile more than either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ms. Keg and I have taken a sacred vow to never to eat CB Ravs. again. I haven't had it since the 50's and plan to keep it that way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Me, the '60's. Canned pasta was all the thing. Even spaghetti. Amazing, isn't it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have never been a good typical 'Merican. I never much liked Catsoup as I called it as a kid. Never ate it on doggies, preferred apple sauce w/ my scrambled eggers and never on FFs. I began eating Mayo on FFs before ketchup. Fish & Chips, never! Maybe I was raised w/ strong, not sweet, flavors; read garlic, in Mom's & Babyshka's cookin. Today I only eat ketchup on fish cakes and beans for breakfast, home fries if served w/ corned beef hash and scrapple, but only if there is no maple syrup. Ketchup is just too frickin' sweet!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GIMME MUSTARD!!!!, he scream. I collect mustards as others do wines and olive oils.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Humor! No nostalgic desire for CB ravs. at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Mac N'Cheese, meatloaf, mashed potatoes on top of gravy, homemade thousand island, fried chicken, HOT DOGS, burgers, fries, fish sticks, cocktail sauce to dip oyster crackers or saltines. I like Heinz Organic best. Not because it's organic, but because they use sugar instead of syrup. At least for me, I can taste the difference. I'll also put hot sauce on most of the items listedas well. It makes a great Dynamic Duo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. PDK really got deleted for that silly little joke? unbelievable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ketchup on fries, on breaded steak (silpancho, as PDK says above), not chicken fried steak, tho it is essentially the same thing), home fries, hash browns, on a burger, never on a hot dog. sometimes on scrambled eggs. meatloaf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. runny fried eggs and a ton of hash browns (the shredded diner kind or tater tots). a little link sausage on the side and maybe some toasted white bread with margarine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. White rice and cucumbers and heinz ketchup. Before you call me crazy....just try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I hate ketchup, but love it on omu rice, if that makes sense. Always Heinz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I don't put ketchup on ANYTHING except maybe french fries or hamburgers -- if there's nothing better available to use on them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do, however, always have some on hand. I use it when a recipe calls for tomato paste or for making BBQ- inspired pan sauces.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. french fries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                scrambled eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hot dogs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hash browned potatoes...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                corned beef hash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                heinz only

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and yes ive tried other brands..hunts,store brands,even muir glen organic..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nothing tastes like heinz...so heinz is what i use/like

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. NOTHING!! that stuff is an abomination. The mere thought of putting ketchup on fries, can put me in a state of apoplexy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: arktos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Then you must REALLY hate it on spaghetti....Huh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: arktos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Wife is Philippino.... and it's a standard dish at the fast food joints. Not bad really.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Well first off, I joined Chow simply due to this post! And despite it being 2 years overdue...I do love ketchup. Heinz Organic to be specific. I love it on my fries, burgers, hot dogs, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Anything else though...kinda grosses me out. I think it's a staple of all American food...except I can't understand for the life of me why anyone would put it on their steak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Holy moly people, this thread is something else. I feel confused, I think it's kind of a mix of revulsion and inspiration.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If I had awards to hand out they would go to these three:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - raw clams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - iceberg lettuce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Doritos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (And, by the way, the only thing I won't eat without ketchup is a plain grilled cheese sandwich. Heinz or nothing.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. peanut butter and strawberry jam with bacon sandwich

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. fries; but i also like it on potatoes that have been shish kabob'd and bbq'd; has anyone tried that Melinda's Habanero Ketchup? man that's good...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: crowmuncher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i love to eat a bowl of steamed rice smothered in ketchup and sometimes a splash of fish sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gnovi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                never had that- ever...i'm partial to the potato when it comes to ketchup, can't seem to get out of the box like the rest of u :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Best thing to add ketchup to? Cooking mistakes. (2d choice, corned beef hash)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I recently made some stuffed peppers using some Goliaths and Giant Szgedis from the garden, and when I first tasted them, wished I had used a different recipe. They were blah. The addition of some Best organic ketchup at least made them edible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. On a Sunday morning in hungover desperation, one can make a passable Bloody Mary w/ catsoup, beef broth, horseradish and tabasco. Better be bleary eyed, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I thought I was the only one in the world who had made a catsup bloody mary. I used vegetable broth and worcestershire in mine. I swore the boyfriend to secrecy when he discovered what I was up to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Bacon Hot Dogs w/ketchup & mayo Hash browns Hamburgers Fried chicken Pork Chops Steak Syrup on sausages

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Hash browns, sometimes on prime ribeye steaks, but especially on chicken fried steak.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: malibumike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i remember when ketchup sales were overtaken by sales of salsa, pace picante i think.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i can't believe some only use a bottle a year. i get the giant 3 packs of heinz at costco.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for omirice omlet i now use banana sauce, i think its filapino version of ketchup. the hot style is best, not very hot, also good on potstickers and lumpia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: divadmas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well that whole stat is like comparing apple sauce and apple jelly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Generally you eat a lot more salsa on chips than the amount of ketchup one would use on fries, tots, etc. Especially because the salsa has chunks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We like Hunts with no corn syrup, or Trader Joe's when I can convince my wife to but it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: PenskeFan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the point was while ketchup has been commercialy available for over 100 years, salsa only became popular, outside niche markets like texas, after 1970s. in 70s nyc people didnt even know what tortillas were, let alone being available. salsa sales did not overtake till 90s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: malibumike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in early 70s nyc hot dog carts started to have chili dogs. i don't ever rember them having ketchup, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: divadmas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can remember ketchup at NYC hot dog carts back as far as the mid '60's. Always seen it, kept in red squeeze bottles. Mustard was kept in a built in pot and applied with a metal rod.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. While French Fries is the obvious choice, I like my fries with mayo (Chicago style) or better yet with Tartar Sauce as in Fish 'n Chips, omg!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So I'm going with a good ol' Grilled Cheese Sammich as my #1 favorite vehicle for ketchup delivery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Second would of course be Hoppin John.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My favorite ketchup used to be Heinz but after America's Test Kitchen rated Hunts as the best I tried it and now I'm a convert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I only like Heinz, and the newer organic or Simply Heinz (basically the same recipe, both use sugar not HFCS.) I only use it on burgers and fries, and to coat a meatloaf before cooking. A nice 3/4 inch layer that reduces down to a firm, concentrated, 1/4 inch glaze. And a squirt in from scratch soups adds another level of umami depth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, and keep the ketchup away from eggs, especially scrambled eggs. The odor when the two meet, is disgusting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. When I was a kid my Depression-raised grandfather showed me how to eat ketchup on white rice. I still eat it when no one is looking. Heinz.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Riska

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              akin to tomato gravy on white rice, which is mmm mmm good in the summer, for a light supper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. To this day i put ketchup on blt sandwiches,find mayo most disgusting thing on the planet,wont go near it.But i find the taste with ketchup very tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I'm not going through 200+ responses but I can tell you it's great on fried matzoh & eggs. Mix in a bit of Tabasco and you're good to go. And give me Heinz ketchup every time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I like ketchup on hamburgers. I like it as a glaze baked on meatloaf, like Ma used to make it. I don't use it for much else, but if you do, that's great. Not sure why people have such strong opinions about what is, after all, just another condiment. Like any other, some people like it, some people hate it. Whatever floats yer boat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: emu48

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Check out the scene in Tam Popo where the chef makes the omelette for the boy. After seeing that I always put ketchup on egg and rice omelets. The guy who actually made the omelet was the director of the movie. He didn't like the way the actor was making the omelette apparently. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Puffin3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that is great scene.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i have switched from ketchup to banana sauce with my rice omelet, the spicy but still mild version. it is kind of filapino kethup i think, a little sweet. i like it with potstickers or won tons, too. that or sweet chili sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: emu48

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to make a meatloaf glaze i like to add brown sugar and dry mustard to my heinz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. It's great as a polish for copper cookware.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I agree with crowmuncher on Melinda's habanero ketchup. Awesome on tater tots. Heinz on a patty melt or a Denver sandwich. Good French fries deserve homemade mayonnaise. Mediocre fries get malt vinegar. Curry ketchup on grilled sausages.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tim irvine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ever try curry mayo on those snausages?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Onion rings...big, fat steakhouse style onion rings. Plus a squirt of rooster sauce for a bit of heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Potato chips dipped in ketchup are my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Charles chips used to make the best ketchup flavored chips. Gosh I miss Charles chips delivery with those awesome cans

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ketchup on brocolli, cauliflour and baked potato skins...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. My favorite thing to put ketchup on has to be a juicy hamburger but I love it on my scrambled eggs too! My families favorite ketchup is a local business called Stello Foods - Rosie's Jalapeño Ketchup! <3