Have you ever had fry sauce with your burger or fries? I hear it’s a Northwest thing, originating in Utah and brought to us by the Mormons. And, indeed, when I was looking for a recipe for “real” fry sauce, the best recipes were on Mormon housewife blogs.
The fry sauce I made as our staple while I was still in the simplification process contained dry ranch seasoning mix. It added the perfect amount of zip to the sauce. But then I ran out of my Costco-sized container, Costco doesn’t carry it anymore, and it doesn’t really fit into my food or pantry philosophy anyway. Sigh.
“How can I make fry sauce now?” I wondered.
So I searched those Mormon housewife blogs again, looking for ideas for a fry sauce that could be made with my staple pantry foods alone.
I found one! Or, that is, after enough research, I was able to make my own adaption; one with which I am well pleased. And I will share it with you. Particularly if you have never had fry sauce, you must try it with some homemade, thick-cut, oven-roasted, heavily-salted fries.
Simple Fry Sauce
Whisk together in a bowl:
- 2 parts mayonnaise to 1 part ketchup
- a generous sprinkle of sweet paprika
- a dash of garlic and/or onion powder, if you like
- a splash or spoonful of pickle juice from the pickle jar.
You want to add as much pickle juice as you can (to get the tang) without ruining the consistency. Mix and taste and adjust.
Have you ever had fry sauce?