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May 7, 2011 10:47 PM

What is the best sauce/condiment you've ever made?

I love sauces and condiments. I am beginning to make some on my own hot sauce and tartar sauce and hot dog chili and I was wondering if you guys had any recipes for some good sauces too.

I particularly liked the nacho cheese sauce i made today with just canned nacho cheese, Stone IPA beer and jalapenos (the beer makes all the difference!)

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  1. I don't know if this is the best, but it was really surprisingly good and easy to make; I just mixed some powdered Japanese green tea with mayonnaise and a jot of lemon juice. It went well with fried calamari rings

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    1. re: steamer

      This sounds very different! I'll have to try it just because it sounds so different!

    2. Sriracha Dip:

      8 0z. container sour cream

      2 tsp Sriracha

      1 clove garlic

      Manzano pepper, minced (optional)

      jalapeno, minced

      1 generous TBL minced Thai basil

      4 generous TBL chopped green onions

      juice & zest of 1/2 lime

      It's delicious!

      1. For years after my mom passed away I craved her ‘barbeque’ sauce. I knew the ingredients but not the proportions. I hunted the ‘net almost weekly in search of a recipe that sounded similar. Finally I just started playing around. Mine isn’t as good – yet.

        Like Mom, it’s not really a recipe but just stuff I love tossed together.

        Heinz Chili Sauce and Ketchup in a 2:1 ratio is the base
        Good amount (at least a heaping teaspoon) of Sambal Oelek
        Sometimes I also add Sriracha
        A few garlic cloves (minced)
        A thumb of ginger (minced)
        Shredded onion
        Mustard powder and a squeeze of good ole yellow mustard
        Apple cider vinegar
        Brown sugar
        A little water

        I start this on the stove to dissolve the sugar. Then I bake it at 425 to get some caramelization going. If I just want it as a sauce I add a little more water and finish it on the stove.

        Usually when it starts getting caramelized, that’s when I add shredded seitan into the sauce. Glory be, it’s tasty.

        1. Favorite Homemade Condiments
          Copycat Kraft Thousand Island Dressing

          1/2 cup mayonnaise
          2 Tbs ketchup
          1 Tbs distilled white vinegar
          2 tsp granulated sugar
          2 tsp sweet pickle relish
          1 tsp onion, minced
          1/8 tsp table salt
          dash pepper

          Makes about 3/4 cup.

          Combine ingredients in mixing bowl.
          Mix well. Place in fridge several
          hours to allow flavors to blend.


          Copycat Kraft Catalina Salad Dressing

          2/3 cup ketchup
          3/4 cup granulated sugar
          1/2 cup white wine vinegar
          1/2 cup vegetable oil
          1/4 cup onion, minced
          2 tsp paprika
          2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

          Makes about 2-1/2 cups.

          Process ingredients in a food processor
          or blender until smooth.
          Place in fridge several
          hours to allow flavors to blend.


          Copycat Heinz Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

          1 cup ketchup
          2 Tbs A1 Steak Sauce
          2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
          2 Tbs Horseradish Sauce, cream style
          1 tsp lemon juice
          1/4 tsp red pepper hot sauce
          1/4 tsp table salt

          Mix well. Store in fridge.


          Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce

          4 Tbs peanut butter
          2 Tbs vegetable oil
          4 Tbs soy sauce
          4 Tbs granulated sugar
          4 tsp distilled white vinegar
          1 tsp sesame oil
          2 tsp sriracha sauce (or other red pepper hot sauce)
          1/4 tsp ground coriander

          Mix ingredients well. Serve over pot stickers, steamed
          rice, Asian Noodles etc.


          Homemade Taco Seasoning

          1 Tbsp flour
          1/4 cup onion powder
          1 tsp garlic powder
          2 Tbs chili powder
          2 tsp dried oregano
          2 tsp ground cumin
          2 tsp table salt

          Mix well. Mix with 2-pounds of raw
          ground meat (beef or turkey) and cook
          until done in frying pan.


          Homemade Medium Hot Chili Powder

          5 Tbs ground New Mexico Chili's
          2 Tbs paprika
          2 Tbs ground cumin
          2 Tbs garlic powder
          2 Tbs onion powder
          1 tsp Mexican oregano
          1/4 to 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)

          Mix well. Make 3/4 cup.
          For milder chili powder use 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper.
          For medium hot chili powder use 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper.


          Copycat Bell's Poultry Seasoning

          3-Tbs dried rosemary
          2-3/4 Tbs dried oregano
          2-1/2 Tbs dried sage
          2-1/4 Tbs dried ginger
          2 Tbs dried marjoram
          1-3/4 Tbs dried thyme
          3/4 Tbs ground black pepper

          Makes about 1-cup

          Mix all ingredients well. Grind to
          a fine powder in spice or coffee grinder.


          Dad's BBQ Sauce

          1 cup ketchup
          6 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
          4 Tbs butter
          3 Tbs distilled white vinegar
          1 Tbs prepared yellow mustard
          3 Tbs minced or dehydrated onion
          4 tsp Hickory flavored liquid smoke
          1/4 tsp red pepper hot sauce (Tabasco, Crystal, Franks)
          1/2 cup brown sugar
          1 Tbs granulated sugar
          1 tsp table salt

          Makes about 2 cups.

          Combine ingredients in saucepan. Mix well.
          Simmer 15-minutes on low heat until sauce thickens.

          Copycat Best Foods Tartar Sauce

          3/4 cup mayonnaise
          2 Tablespoons Dill Relish
          1 Tablespoon dried parsley
          1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
          1/2 teaspoon dried onion flakes
          1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

          Mix well. Place in fridge at least 2 hours to
          allow flavors to blend and develop/


          Homemade Best Foods/Hellmanns Mayonnaise using stick blender

          1 whole egg, medium or large size
          1 Tablespoon lemon juice (bottled ok)
          1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
          1 teaspoon dry mustard (or 1/4 tsp prepared yellow mustard)
          1/4 teaspoon table salt
          pinch white pepper
          1 cup vegetable (canola) oil, room temperature

          Break egg into bottom of 1-quart
          canning jar or other tall narrow jar
          that allows you to immerse the mixing blades of a stick
          blender all the way to the bottom. The jar should be only slightly
          wider than the end of the stick blender.

          Add lemon juice, vinegar, mustard,
          table salt and white pepper.

          Add 1 cup of vegetable oil.

          Place mixing blades of stick blender (turned off) all the
          way to the bottom of the jar, pressing down over the egg.

          Turn stick blender on high speed, hold in
          place at bottom of jar for about
          5-seconds until you see mayonnaise form
          under stick blender's mixing blades.

          Slowly pull stick blender upward until the mixing blades
          reaches top of jar, taking about
          5 more seconds. The stick blender will turn
          the oil into mayonnaise as it is pulled slowly to the
          top of the jar.

          After chilling in the fridge, this mayonnaise gets
          slightly thicker and tastes very much like Best Foods/
          Hellmann's Mayonnaise.

          Makes about 1-1/3 cups of mayonnaise.

          17 Replies
            1. re: Antilope

              Can you believe that commercially prepared mayo has sugar in it? WHY????

              1. re: Candy

                I think there's sugar in nearly every processed sauce, dressing, condiment, no? I guess I notice how sweet jarred may is when I taste the homemade kinds. So much less sweet and so much more delicious!

              2. re: Antilope

                Thanx so much for the recipes. Can't wait to try them!!

                1. re: Antilope

                  "Peanut" Dressing for Mandarin Chicken Salad

                  1 cup mayonnaise
                  1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
                  1 1/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
                  3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
                  2 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
                  1 teaspoon soy sauce

                  Mix all ingredients and tell me it doesn't taste like a peanut dressing.

                  1. re: Antilope

                    I've your flavor profile Antilope

                    1. re: iL Divo

                      That was supposed to read I really "love" your flavor profile.
                      This only written 4 minutes ago and I can't edit? > [even on my laptop] what's that about? what's going on with CH and the programs

                      1. re: iL Divo

                        The laugh I had when I read your first post helped my headache a little. It read like an awkward sexy foodie come on. Thanks.

                        1. re: MissusLisa

                          Just in case there are any cannibals out there, I have good taste but I don't taste good. ;-)

                          1. re: MissusLisa

                            oh gad you're right it did huh...
                            how embarrassing.............
                            I need to never do posts using my phone again but alas, I am sure I still will :)
                            hope your headache is better

                    2. re: Antilope

                      Miracle Whip emergency copycat

                      1 cup regular mayonnaise
                      2 or 3 teaspoons powdered sugar (to taste)
                      1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
                      1/4 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
                      dash of paprika
                      dash of garlic powder

                      For people that want to cut back on sugar, I've found you can substitute 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of Stevia for the powdered sugar.

                      Mix well. Use in an emergency then hurry to the store to get more Miracle Whip. ;-)

                      I like mayonnaise and Miracle Whip. Sometimes I'll use one and sometimes I'll use the other.

                      1. re: Antilope

                        I realize this is an old post (before my time), but want say you have some great copycats. Purchased condiments & sauces are quite expensive, not to mention all the freaky things in there.

                        If you folks have any good salad dressings, that would be great too. Those bottled things are slimy & disgusting, plus expensive too.

                        1. re: cstout

                          Here's a copycat I developed for Ken's Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette (the same one used on Burger King salads):

                          Ken's Steakhouse Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette Copycat

                          1/2 tsp Spiced Cider Apple Flavor Drink Mix powder (sugar-free like Alpine or Mott's) - a packet of this is at many office coffee stations.
                          1/3 cup Vanilla Yogurt (like Dannon)
                          1/2 cup Mayonnaise
                          2 tsp Cider Vinegar

                          Add ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Mix well.
                          Use on Chicken, Apple & Cranberry Garden Fresh Salad, etc.

                          Makes about 1 cup.

                          1. re: Antilope

                            Apple Cider Vinaigrette Copycat - thanks for the recipe - will add that to my recipe file. Spring & Summer will bring us loads of fresh veggies & you can never have too many dressings.

                          2. re: cstout

                            Peanutless Peanut Sauce Dressing

                            1 cup mayonnaise
                            1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
                            1 1/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
                            3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
                            2 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
                            1 teaspoon soy sauce

                            Combine ingredients. Mix well.
                            Tastes like a peanut sauce dressing,
                            but has no peanut products.

                          3. re: Antilope

                            Pineapple Brown Sugar Sauce for Baked Ham

                            It seems there is never enough sauce to go with the
                            baked ham. This recipe will solves that problem by
                            making extra sauce to serve on the side with the ham.

                            Makes about 2 cups

                            1 tbsp cornstarch and 2 tbsp cold water, mixed well
                            1 cup brown sugar
                            1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, with juice
                            2 tbsp lemon juice, bottled ok
                            1 tbsp prepared plain yellow mustard or dry mustard
                            1/8 tsp salt, optional

                            Add cornstarch and cold water to a cup and stir until a smooth paste forms.
                            Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and stir until well mixed.

                            Set burner heat to medium and stir constantly while heating, to prevent scorching.
                            Continue heating and stirring mixture until it comes to a boil.
                            Simmer for 2 minutes still stirring constantly until mixture thickens.

                            If mixture is not thick enough, mix another 1 tbsp of cornstarch with
                            2 tbsp cold water, stir into pan and simmer for a minute or two more.

                            Pour finished sauce into a serving bowl with ladle and serve with sliced baked ham.

                            1. re: Antilope

                              You can substitute 1/4 cup of Eggbeaters Original for the whole egg in the Homemade Stick Blender Mayonnaise recipe above. Still turns out great, you can't tell the difference.

                            2. This simmered tomato habanero sauce from Rick Bayless is incredibly easy, simple and GOOD.