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Cooking with ketchup

Do you?

I do.

Sometimes, I make "ketchup fried rice" which of courses uses ketchup. Same with "ketchup chow mein"

I will also add a bit of ketchup to MaPo Tofu for the Capsaicin-challenged.

Then there are the obvious and common things like ketchup cake, meatloaf, shephard's pie, sloppy joes, baked beans, etc.

Of course there's BBQ sauce, as well as sauces in general, dressings, and chili.

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  1. A teammate on my college golf team, who shall remain nameless, would order a cup of hot water, no tea bag. No charge. Ketchup, no charge. Saltines, no charge.
    Ketchup soup with crackers, free. Years later, he married well.

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    1. re: Veggo

      Years later, he married well.
      ____________________________

      Does his spouse share the same sentiment?

      1. re: ipsedixit

        She would concur that he married well. He still plays golf but eats better.

        1. re: Veggo

          Some of mu friends use ketchup in pasta or on pizza instead of tomato sauce. But my mom always added a glug of ketchup to her vegetale soupp' so I do, too.

      2. re: Veggo

        we called this "bum soup" when I was a waitress.

        if I go through an entire bottle of ketchup a year, I've had a busy year.

        Don't use it other than on meatloaf, burgers, and hot dogs.

      3. I use ketchup in place of tomato puree sometimes :$

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        1. re: darrentran87

          yeah haha.. same here you know.. when i am not in a mood to go to market lol

        2. I love ketchup. What's ketchup cake?

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              I know a ketchup lovin' kid who will be getting that for his birthday next month. Me, I don't care for the stuff.

            2. re: Boychucker

              same here didn't know about the ketchup cake before..

            3. Sometimes....when I'm sure noone will catch me (and I live alone....so I must be really paranoid) I put ketchup on fried eggs like I did when I was a kid. So wrong. And yet....SO good.

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                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  I like ketchup with eggs only when eggs are scrambled. When fried, or prepared elsewhere, I prefer a more subtle condiment so I can taste that yolky goodness :)

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    Nope! Just try salsa once. You'll never go back to ketchup.

                  2. re: perk

                    I put ketchup on all sorts of egg dishes (scrambled, fried, poached, and even boiled), and feel utterly no shame about it.

                    But, in all fairness, is simply putting ketchup on eggs "cooking" with ketchup?

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Oops. You're right. Garnishing with ketchup.....

                    2. re: perk

                      I didn't realize until a few months ago (right here on this site) that ketchup on eggs wasn't perfectly normal and common.

                    3. The sweet&sour meatball recipe I learned is ketchup and cranberry sauce, not the more common grape jelly and cocktail sauce. The original I was given was equal parts but that was too sweet for me even though I add onions to the sauce (as well as in the meatballs) and do have a sweet tooth. I changed it to 1 part cranberry sauce, 1 part ketchup, and 1 part canned plain tomato sauce, plus diced onion.

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                      1. re: greygarious

                        I usually make brisket for Rosh Hashanah but we had just come home from vacation so I ended up making sweet & sour meatballs instead. My version also uses ketchup and cranberry sauce, plus a few other ingredients. Everyone always looks forward to my brisket but the meatballs were a huge hit.