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    The uncommon condiment thread

    I said condiment not that thing you put on your....is thing on? Hello?

    A while ago I was reading how salsa passed ketchup as the most popular condiment in America. That's no small feat when you think about how many people put ketchup on their fries, meatloaf, steak (how gauche!), or a thousand other things. Seems like mustard oughta be right up there too when one stops to consider the millions of sausages that get consumed every year. What does salsa get put on other than corn chips?

    Personally, I add hot sauce to lots of things you wouldn't normally think of like salads, hot dogs, popcorn, eggs, beer, mashed potatoes etc. What unusual condiment combinations do you do or see others do? I heard serving fries with mayonnaise is quite popular in Europe and I think they do something even stranger with fries in Eastern Canuckistan.
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    I don't think it is that strange but I dip my french fries in BBQ sauce.

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    I prefer vinegar on my french fries, but will often have them with BBQ sauce.

    Something I may have here that only the southern Cyburbians may have is:
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    -Hot Pepper vinegar

    Perfect for corn bread (non-yankee), blackeyed peas, and collard greens. I cannot find it here in CO, but when I get down to Memphis, I stock up.

    I thank my mom for the love of southern cooking, which hasn't taken off with my Pacific Northwest-raised girlfriend... but I still tryi.
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    Pickled pears and french fries. Don't look at me weird, what do you think ketchup is (vinegar and tomato)

    Horseradish for hamburgers and other beef.
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    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN
    I prefer vinegar on my french fries
    I think putting malt vinegar on fries is not uncommon Down South and elsewhere. Oh, and when noj posts his reply, make sure everyone gives him a hard time when he starts talking about what he puts on his 'chips'. They're fries dammit!
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    I guess I'm in the majority, I put salsa on just about everything: eggs, burgers, chicken, steak, sandwiches, some kinds of fish, etc. Can't wait for the grrowing season to get under way so that I can make fresh salsa from my own garden. One of the truely rewarding things in life is to eat a mixture of vegetables and herbs that you grew.

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    Yum... Poutine... Fries covered in Gravy and Cheese Curds... oh man, is that a great after pub food or what...

    Personally, I'm a Huge fan of Sweet Chili Sauce - I tried it in Australia, where its everywhere (use for fries, eggs, burger's etc) but here in Vancouver its harder to find... But it is SO good...
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    Quote Originally posted by MitchBaby
    Yum... Poutine... Fries covered in Gravy and Cheese Curds... oh man, is that a great after pub food or what...

    Personally, I'm a Huge fan of Sweet Chili Sauce - I tried it in Australia, where its everywhere (use for fries, eggs, burger's etc) but here in Vancouver its harder to find... But it is SO good...
    Second the vote for poutine.

    I have a good homemade sweet chili sauce recipe if you're interested. I'm sure Asian (especially Vietnamese) supermarkets in Vancouver would stock bottles of the stuff.

    Mrs. Tranplanner's homemade chutney is my favourite condiment.

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    On my chips ( ) its got to be salt and vinegar. Horseradish with beef.

    Northern European peeps like mayonnaise with chips, especially the Dutch and Belgians.

    With anything fried, especially a quality English breakfast it has to be Brown sauce, and my personal favourite condiment is Worcestershire Sauce. Its a little bit like tabasco, and great for perking up soups and cheese on toast.

    I went to the US last year and asked for some chips and they gave me bloody crisps!

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    My son puts ketchup on his mashed potatos. I can't even watch him eat it.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    I heard serving fries with mayonnaise is quite popular in Europe and I think they do something even stranger with fries in Eastern Canuckistan.
    In Amsterdam, they serve fries/chips/frites/etc. with all sorts of toppings. Several types of mayo, plus curry, vinegar, gravy. Really good!

    I personally like tartar sauce with my fries!
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    French fries taste good dipped in chocolate shake. So I'll count chocolate shake as a condiment.

    Otherwise, the only really WEIRD thing I do, is I put jelly (grape preferably) on grilled cheese sandwiches. This is a long-standing family tradition.

    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    My son puts ketchup on his mashed potatos. I can't even watch him eat it.
    Ugh... our kids put ketchup on everything too, the most disgusting of which is KD (macaroni and cheese to those south o' the border).

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    My son puts ketchup on his mashed potatos. I can't even watch him eat it.
    My sister puts it on her scrambled eggs. I can't watch either.

    As for me, I'm kind of a plain sort. If it's not a basic ingredient to the preparation of the food, I probably won't add it. Excepting a good Worcestershire Sauce for some cuts of beef. But good heavens, please don't let it run into my fries or bread product.
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    Quote Originally posted by nerudite
    Otherwise, the only really WEIRD thing I do, is I put jelly (grape preferably) on grilled cheese sandwiches. This is a long-standing family tradition.

    Mayo on a peanut butter sammich...
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    There is a certain brand of frozen pizza, that just isn't the same without horseradish
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    Going to the other side of the family, there is a Hungarian dish for potatoes with cherry sauce.... My dad loves it, but I think my tastes have been to Americanized for that one...
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    My dad puts applesauce on his toast.
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    Tobasco sauce on just about everything!
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    I like Indian condiments like pickled mango and mixed pickle. They are good with rice dishes and add tons of spice.

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    I can't think of any. I do like to dip french fries in natural gravy ("au jus") when it is available. But, like Gedunker, I tend to eat fairly plain food.

    There is also yogurt on eggo waffles. Is that "uncommon"? More importantly, can yogurt be classified as a "condiment"?

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    I seem to get cravings for peanut butter and turkey sandwichs from time to time. I discovered the combo after chicken and some thai peanut sauce. Good stuff. I second the pepper vinegar. I don't buy it but make my own. I like grape jelly on my sausage biscuits and maple syrup on my bacon and sausage as well.

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    [QUOTE=zmanPLAN]
    Something I may have here that only the southern Cyburbians may have is:
    -Hot Chow Chow QUOTE]

    Chow chow is one of my favorites. Substitute chow chow for mustard in egg salad. Now that is some tasty. At least I think so, probably because that is how Mom did it.
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    noj - Fries are known as chips here too! I always have them with Heinz ketchup.

    MitchBaby - Sweet Chilli Sauce is very popular here too. My friend who is from Virginia was saying how she missed it when she went home recently, couldn't find it anywhere.

    I believe that the mayonnaise that N Europeans like for their 'fries' is a particular purpose-made kind, called 'fritte sauce', not your garden variety mayo? I tried it while over there - yummy.

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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop
    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN
    Something I may have here that only the southern Cyburbians may have is:
    -Hot Chow Chow
    Chow chow is one of my favorites. Substitute chow chow for mustard in egg salad. Now that is some tasty. At least I think so, probably because that is how Mom did it.

    At last someone knows what I am talking about.
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