Balsamic Ketchup… on fries… and tots… and burgers… and eggs… and carrots and peas and cauliflower?!?!


The Bug needs this shirt…

I Heart Ketchup shirt

Or this one…I Put Ketchup on My Ketchup shirt


Or maybe even this one…

(all shirts and images from Cafe Press)

You see, while he is a very good eater, there are some times that he is very picky.  Except when you cover something in some sort of sauce, or give him a little “dip dip.”  Sometimes it is soy or teriyaki sauce, other times salsa or barbecue sauce, and occasionally even balsamic vinegar.  But, like most kids, ketchup is the condiment of choice.  So when I really want to get him to eat something, even something he previously turned his nose at, I squirt on a bit of ketchup.

Balsamic Ketchup | | #dip #glutenfree #vegan

I was so excited when I saw a recipe for homemade ketchup at Fix Me a Snack.  Just tomato paste, vinegar, and spices.  I don’t even add the maple syrup, because I think it makes it weirdly sweet.  So basically, this makes it a vegetable!  Lycopene – yay!!  And while I try to have The Bug eat food that he can recognize for what it is, and try not to do too much “hiding,” if I can sneak in a few extra veggies here or there, I am all for it.

Balsamic Ketchup | | #dip #glutenfree #vegan

I will share my twist on “regular” ketchup the next time I make it, since I have changed it up from the original version I saw, based on our preferences.  But this time, I am jazzing it up a bit – Balsamic Ketchup.  I’ve put this in meatloaf (sharing that recipe next week) and burgers (that one needs a little more work – amazingly delicious, but they fell apart), dipped oven fries, sweet tater tots, and cornmeal crusted asparagus (all of these recipes are coming, too), and squirted it on a tasty fritatta that I made with some leftover roasted veggies (yep, you guessed it, there recipes will also be shared with you).  So, as you can see, lots of yumminess is on its way, but I figured I’d give you this staple first.

Balsamic Ketchup | | #dip #glutenfree #vegan

And, of course, this is TOTALLY Bug Approved!!

Bug and Balsamic Ketchup

Try this, and let me know if you come up with any other ways to use it.

Don’t forget my survey!!  It’s only one question, and I’d love to get your input.

 What is your favorite condiment?  Are you kids “dippers”?

5.0 from 3 reviews
Balsamic Ketchup
Recipe type: Condiment, Dip
  • 1 12 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 c balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ t dried basil
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ t garlic powder
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl, and mix well.
You can also cut this in half and use on of the small 6 oz. cans of tomato paste, if you don't want so much. But store it in a cleaned out ketchup or mustard bottle, and it will keep in the fridge for months. We LOVE balsamic vinegar, but if you think this might be too strong for you, then you can cut the amount and add in a little water to get the consistency you want. But the flavor does mellow as it sits.


Adapted from Fix Me a Snack Homemade Ketchup


Balsamic Ketchup | | #dip #glutenfree #vegan
This recipe was shared with:

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  1. says

    I’m definitely going to give this a try! I imagine the balsamic really sweetens it up. We love a chipolte flavor to our ketchup…maybe I will mess around with your recipe and see what I can create! Love that bug loved this! lol

    You know, my kids are older now, but none of them were really dippers. In fact, when we would get chicken nuggets on occasion from MCD’s, they never wanted any dip…which I totally did not get! Even today, my middle son will eat salad without salad dressing…my gosh…who does that? lol
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  2. says

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I have always wanted to make my own ketchup, we go through enough of it. And this just seems so much healthier. I would love to try it with some horseradish to give it a kick too. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipes this week.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. says

    I LOVE ketchup! I love the cute T-shirts too, just might have to get one. I put ketchup on just about EVERYTHING! Thanks so much for linking up your wonderful recipes on Fabulous Friday. I am so honored to have you party with us. I’m super excited to make my own ketchup, thanks again for sharing! xoxox

  4. says

    This was really great! My youngest (who is almost 2 and who loves “dip dip” and who I also call “Bug”) and I love Balsamic vinegar so we really enjoyed it freshly made but I do hope it’ll settle down a little for the rest of the family. I look forward to testing it in recipes like meatless loaf and veggie sloppy joes. Yum!! Thanks for working out this awesome recipe.

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