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Feb 13, 2012 03:58 PM

Help with Tartar Sauce

I have now tried 5 tartar sauce recipes. None were satisfactory. Anyone have a recipe for a great tartar sauce? AND what makes for a great tartar sauce?. My favorite is the tartar sauce at Luby's Cafeteria in Texas, but I have not had it in a long time.

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    1. re: monavano

      My not exactly tatar sauce is great on lots of stuff.. here goes:

      1 head roasted garlic
      2 tbls spoons capers chopped
      Juice of 1 lemon
      Fresh or dried dill to taste,corse ground black pepper, Your favorite mayo (1 cup).

      If you like it a bit sweeter and thinner - I had some "seasoned" rice wine vinegar.

    2. Are you using freshly made mayonnaise or commercial mayonnaise?

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      1. re: GH1618

        There's really no point in making your own tartar sauce if you're just going to resort to jarred mayo.

        1. re: GH1618

          I have never made mayonaisse - I would be even better if I did!

        2. I find Luby's tartar sauce to have far too much sugar. Now I haven't eaten their in years, but it was right after I moved from Boston, so I certainly knew good tartar sauce. My favorite sauce is a recipe from Rick Moonan's FISH: Without a Doubt. I generally use home-made mayonnaise and don't add the extra olive oil. To me, this is the perfect tartar sauce. You might want to add a bit of agave syrup to get the sweetness that Luby's has.

          1. After reading your post I googled "Luby's Tartar Sauce Recipe" and there it was.

            1. Mayonnaise: juice of one medium lemon (tart, not Meyer), a scant teaspoon of Dijon, a judicious pinch of salt, two egg yolks, and one cup f peanut oil. Add capers. Mmmmm