10 Surprising Things to Do with Ketchup

Like things saucy? So do we! Play up America's favorite condiment with 10 incredibly scrumptious ketchup recipes. From fruity to spicy, homemade to bottled, these ketchup recipes are sure to make a statement.

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    Ketchup, Reimagined

    Often set off to the side to amp up burgers and bratwurst, ketchup deserves a starring role in your next dinner recipe. Here are 10 reasons to grab the ketchup bottle.

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    #1: Sweeten Up Ketchup

    Push already-sweet ketchup to the sugary edge with a carton of fresh strawberries. A few spices and some hot pepper sauce make it the rewarding barbecue sauce that's smothered on these sandwiches.

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    #2: Combine Ketchup with Condiments

    Ketchup and hot dogs may have met before, but never like this! Try these tangy-crunchy-sweet stir-ins to take bottled ketchup to fresh heights.

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    #3: Stir Ketchup into Soup

    It's not a cheeseburger without the ketchup! This undeniably delicious twist on the all-American classic uses both ketchup and ketchup paste to create the soup's creamy base. Top it with all your go-to burger essentials.

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    #4: Mix Ketchup and Coffee

    Coffee with ketchup? You betcha! These Southwestern steak tacos call for a strong cup of joe and a few squirts of store-bought ketchup. A sprinkling of chili powder gives the sauce a kick that's spicy enough for a cowboy.

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    #5: Use Ketchup in Mop Sauce

    Mop sauce -- the baste of barbecue -- is the essence of this toasty tenderloin sandwich. Our version ditches boring barbecue sauce and uses ketchup instead. Add Worcestershire and a dash of sugar to make it equal parts sweet and savory.

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    #6: Spread Ketchup on Turkey Sandwiches

    Ketchup is often regaled to only-with-beef status, but we defy convention by trying it with turkey. A ketchup-relish mayo struts its stuff in this turkey sandwich featuring Havarti cheese and shredded cabbage.

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    #7: Slather Ketchup on Kabobs

    Ketchup dabbles in Asian cuisine, too! Here, it mingles with soy sauce, crunchy peanuts, and Chinese five-spice powder. Sprinkle the mouthwatering pork kabobs with a little lime juice to heighten the flavors.

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    #8: Bring Ketchup to Italy

    Ciao, marinara. Ketchup has arrived! We introduce these finger-lickin' Italian sandwiches to America's favorite condiment by simmering seasoned sausage, mushrooms, and olives in a bubbly ketchup sauce.

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    #9: Mix Ketchup with Hoisin

    Hoisin -- a sweet-and-salty glaze popular in Chinese cooking -- joins snappy ketchup in this so-simple barbecue dinner. Serve the glazed chicken thighs on crumbles of crispy bacon and tender veggies.

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    #5: Pair Ketchup with Fish

    Ketchup makes a splash in seafood -- this time as a totally tangy spread for mini fish sandwiches. Just blend ketchup, mayo, and Cajun seasoning, then slather it on a toasty cocktail roll. Like your ketchup hot? Use bottled pepper sauce to kick it up a notch.

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    Bonus Recipe: DIY Ketchup!

    Prefer your ketchup au naturel? Make your own smoky version of the bottled kind at home! Not a canning artisan? No sweat. Our recipe is easy to follow and uses ripe, hickory-roasted tomatoes -- so you know you're getting the good stuff.

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