A rich and savory condiment that adds something special to burgers, fries, and more. In minutes you can make Balsamic Ketchup.
The Bug needs this 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.
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.
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.
And, of course, this is TOTALLY Bug Approved!!
Try this, and let me know if you come up with any other ways to use it.
What is your favorite condiment? Are you kids “dippers”?
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- 1 12 oz can tomato paste
- 1 c balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 t dried basil
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/4 t garlic powder
- 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