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Jul 22, 2009 05:23 AM

Homemade Thousand Island: what type of chili sauce?

I have a craving for shrimp louis salad, so I looked up a few recipes for thousand island dressing. Nearly all of them call for 'chili sauce', and this is where I am a little stumped. Do they mean spicy chili sauce like sriracha or tabasco? or the not-hot-at-all stuff like Heinz chili sauce? I am guessing the mild stuff, but wanted to check with the chowhounds

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  1. I've always assumed they mean the Heinz stuff that comes in a bottle, but I'd probably use the sriracha in the 1000 Island sauce. I just used it in my "hot" wing recipe in place of regular hot sauce and everyone really liked it.

    1. the recipe means heinz chili sauce, which to me is nothing more than a less-sugary ketchup, with spices, including hot chiles (but little of those, imo).

      tabasco is called a "hot pepper sauce" typically. sriracha is chile and pepper sauce.

      why not try a "split" batch of shrimp louis dressing, using the sriracha (plus some tomato paste, i'd add) in one, and the heinz chili sauce in the other.

      <i recall that the shrimp louis dressing made with mayo, chili sauce, etc. is really a (quickie) remoulade>

      ...consider this recipe for shrimp boil with remoulade -- the spicing in the remoulade will give you ideas < i think> about what flavor profile you seek in your louis sauce.

      >>>For the remoulade dipping sauce:

      1/2 cup finely chopped celery
      1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
      1/2 cup white vinegar
      1/4 cup ketchup
      1/4 cup yellow mustard
      1/4 cup creole mustard
      2 tablespoons paprika
      1 teaspoon cayenne
      1 teaspoon salt
      1/2 bunch green onions, chopped, white and green
      1 teaspoon Tabasco, or to taste
      2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
      1 1/3 cups canola or vegetable oil

      Process all ingredients except oil. Then, slowly stream in oil and pulse till smooth.

      2 Replies
      1. re: alkapal

        Love that! We prefer that kind of sauce to cocktail sauce (except I like a little red sauce for raw oysters). I make mine almost exactly like yours - except mine has mayo in it, and minced capers.

        1. re: bayoucook

          hey bayoucook, yes! capers! (the above recipe is not mine, but it looked pretty good). you are absolutely right about the capers! (love me some capers).

      2. I like the chili sauce that comes in a little round glass jar - the brand is "Homemade Chili Sauce", I think. It's chunky, and made with bits of tomato and vegetables, and much tastier than Heinz, in my opinion.