Senior food editor Lauryn Tyrell shares creative ideas for using this classic condiment in fresh, new ways.
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Cookout days are almost over, but our love for ketchup isn't just a summer thing; it spills into every season. "Ketchup is a great condiment because it's sweet, it's got acid, it's got viscosity,” says senior food editor Lauryn Tyrell. "A little can add a lot of flavor to a dish like baked beans or barbecue sauce without having to add brown sugar and vinegar and tomato paste. It's a nice shortcut pantry item."

Try tangy ketchup in place of tomato paste in chili or beef stew, or stir in a dash of harissa, hot sauce, or Thai curry for extra pow. To add more flavor to a chicken cutlet, use ketchup in place of a beaten egg; it will act as a glue for toasted breadcrumbs. Or mix ketchup with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil to finish a stir fry.

Here are three more ideas from Lauryn for other creative ways to use ketchup.

Sriracha-Honey Mayo

Dress up mayo or mellow down spicy sriracha; which ever way you look at it, this simple blend of four ingredients—ketchup, mayonnaise, sriracha, and honey—is so versatile. Serve it as a dip, smear it on hot dogs, or add a kick to a classic BLT sandwich.

Currywurst Baked Beans

Whether you make your own baked beans or just want to add a pop to the canned variety, this curry-accented version creates a flavor-packed take on the classic summer side. Mix together 1/3 cup chopped cooked bacon and ½ cup sautéed red onions with one tablespoon curry powder, a pinch of cinnamon, ½ cup ketchup, and one cup low-sodium chicken broth to two cans drained and rinsed navy beans.

Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish and cover with parchment-lined foil. Bake at 350° until bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes. Uncover, return to oven and cook until caramelized around the edges, 20 to 25 minutes more. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Cocktail Salad Dressing

Give cocktail sauce a life beyond poached shrimp! We're reinventing that tangy, spicy blend of condiments in one wicked good salad dressing. Whisk together ketchup, fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard, extra-virgin olive oil, and seasonings, then drizzle over a makeshift Cobb salad. Or use the dressing as an alternative to a mayo-heavy cold lobster roll.


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