10 Surprising Things to Do with Ketchup
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
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.