When you think of ketchup, you probably think of pouring it over fries, burgers, maybe even a steak – but ketchup is much more than a companion condiment. In fact, ketchup was initially used as a flavoring agent for soups, sauces, and more, long before becoming a prominent table fixture next to the salt and pepper shakers.
The world-famous topping originated in the United Kingdom, where mushrooms were used as the primary ingredient. Over the years, other variations of ketchup emerged until the tomato-based version that we all know and love was discovered in 1812. Since then, ketchup has become an American staple that has become synonymous with our favorite grab-and-go foods, however the condiment is so much more than a topping.
Traditional tomato ketchup is a sweet and tangy blend of tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and spices. This uncomplicated mixture makes the sauce a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. Its sweet, tangy flavor is the perfect counterbalance for salty meats, the primary reason it’s a staple on just about every hamburger and hot dog cart in America. But that’s just the beginning. Ketchup can be used as a sweet glaze or add a kick of flavor to scalloped potatoes, deviled eggs, or meatloaf.
Grab a bottle of Red Gold ketchup and explore all that the condiment has to offer with these ten exciting recipes.
With a few squeezes from a ketchup bottle, create a classic American sandwich with irresistible bacon and shredded cheese. Be sure to grab a handful of napkins – you’re going to need them.
Heads will turn when you bring this vibrant Italian appetizer to the table. Antipasto can be enjoyed as a standalone dish or as a topping for grilled chicken or a meaty white fish.
Put down the cereal and enjoy a hearty breakfast guaranteed to satisfy any appetite.