Alternative: Jazzing Up Store Brands
To feed a connoisseur's taste on a smaller budget, consider making your own gourmet ketchups from store-bought brands. Start with one cup of plain ketchup and a few basic recipes. Experiment with ingredients and amounts to find the perfect blend.
- Fruited ketchup: Stir in a few tablespoon of fruit preserves.
- Herbed ketchup: Add a half-teaspoon of dried Italian herbs (basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary and fennel) or French herbs (parsley, savory, marjoram, tarragon and chives).
- Thousand Islands ketchup: Blend in 1/4 cup mayonnaise and a tablespoon sweet pickle relish.
- Sweet-and-sour ketchup: Mix in a few tablespoons pineapple juice, a squirt of mustard and a shake of ground ginger.
- Cocktail Sauce Ketchup: Add a few tablespoons each of horseradish and lemon juice, plus a dash of hot sauce.
- Barbecue sauce ketchup: Blend in a tablespoon of honey or molasses, a tablespoon of finely chopped onion, 1/8 teaspoon of minced garlic, and a dash of liquid smoke.
- Cajun/Creole ketchup: Add a half-teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (cayenne and black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika) or Creole seasoning (Cajun seasoning plus oregano, basil and thyme).