TIP OF THE DAY: Spicy Ketchup
|A decade ago, ketchup, with its sweet flavor profile, lost ground to spicy salsa as America’s favorite condiment. If you love the sweet tomato flavor of ketchup but also like the spice of salsa, you can have the best of both worlds with spicy ketchup.
You can buy it easily: Tabasco makes a spicy ketchup, mainstream ketchup makers like Heinz make Jalapeño Ketchup, and there are a number of specialty brands. If you don’t have room on the refrigerator door for one more bottle, it’s easy to make spicy ketchup by adding hot sauce to your regular ketchup.
A more gourmet approach is to add fresh or canned chopped chiles (like jalapeños) to regular ketchup. They provide a nice texture as well as a more complex flavor. You can snip in some fresh herbs for color.
We serve spicy ketchup in ramekins or add it as a plate garnish. It’s great on a burger or fries.
Jalapeño Ketchup photo courtesy Heinz.