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    Default Anyone have good Tartar Sauce recipe?

    I haven't found a store-bought version that is really great. Anyone care to share their homemade recipes?
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    I make a simple tarter sauce the IMO is the best. The most important thing to me about tarter sauce is dill relish. I cant eat it with sweet relish.

    All I do is add Best foods mayo, dill relish, dill weed, and a little mustard to color. No real measurements on the ingredients. Depending on the amount I am making, I just keep adding until it looks/tastes right.

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    Mine is pretty similar to Northrivers except I like bigger chunks of pickles so I chop dill pickles myself (it's a little cheaper than buying the relish too) 1/4-1/2 tsp. dillweed, white pepper, worcheshershire sauce, and garlic salt. and then a pretty good shot (couple Tablespoons or more?)of lemon juice.

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    Default Tartar

    I've got a fancy one when you actually build the sauce as a mayonnaise but i never make it because it's a FREAKING PAIN IN THE REAR and the following is almost as good:

    Mayonnaise
    Rough chopped dill pickle or dill relish
    A little fresh rough chopped onion
    Fresh parsley
    Salt
    Pepper
    Lemon juice from a LEMON, not a little yellow plastic hand grenade, or ReaLemon, which is two lies for the price of one


    Give it all a whirl in a food processor, taste and adjust, and add a little sugar. C'mon, you know you want to. You don't have to make it sickening sweet like commercial tartar, but a little sugar reduces the acidity of the pickles and lemon and helps bring out the other flavors as well.


    This will give you a sauce full of nice fresh flavors that will compliment, not obscure, the taste of whatever you serve it with.
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    There are several brands of tartar at my local grocer. A couple of them I have liked, but I never remember which ones.

    Mayo, dill relish, lemon juice, onion, and a touch of thousand island work for me when I'm caught trying to recreate the flavor I like.
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    On trout and in a pinch for halibut I use sandwich spread. You can always add a bit of vinegar or sugar to suit your taste.

    http://www.bestfoods.com/products/sandwich_spread.aspx

    It is very good on trout/dollies baked in tin foil on the grill. I also like to mix the fish and the spread and put it on bread for a fish sammich!

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    Good stuff. Thanks guys, I suppose I'll have to make a "sample" of each to determine which one gets a permanent post in my kitchen!
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    This is by far the best I've ever had and when ever somebody tries it for the 1st time they always ask for the recipe.

    The key is the refrigerated- crunchy dill pickles-chopped to what ever your preference is-I like it about raisin sized maybe smaller, finely chopped onion, mayo, lemon juice and what ever else you might like.

    I never really measure anything just to taste and it's always good.

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    Arrow claussen kosher dill

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandiyohi Kid View Post
    ...The key is the refrigerated- crunchy dill pickles-chopped to what ever your preference is...
    Exactly right - that is the key.

    I use only Claussen kosher dills for that. You'll taste a huge difference for the better.

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    Default Tartare Sauce

    1 cup mayonnaise
    3 tablespoons finely chopped dill pickle
    1 teaspoon grated onion
    1 tablespoon fresh snipped parsley
    2 teaspoons chopped canned pimiento

    Combine all ingredients and chill. Makes 1 cup

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    I use my home canned sweet relish, which I don't have the recipe for here as we are in Wi at canning time. Now in TX. Mix the relish with Miracle Whip salad dressing. I do not use Mayo. Very simple and good.

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    I am not much of a cook but I really like this. Take a cup of mayo and a tbl spoon of a good horseradish and mix I sometimes add a sweet relish and it's great for my taste. I also like a good horseradish with my eggs for breakfast.

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    the old standby recipe here is:

    1 cup mayo or homemade plain yogurt

    1/4 cup homemade dill pickles finely chopped (cucumber or green tomato) if you added sliced onions or garlic to your pickles, chop some of that too

    a dab of prepared mustard or a dash of mustard powder

    That's it...good with everything from fish to salad to moose meat

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    Default Chef E. F. Tartar Sauce

    > 1 cup mayo
    > 1/2 shallot chopped fine or 1-2 tbs chopped onion
    >1 tbs capers chopped
    >1-2 tsp. chopped pickle or pickel relish
    >1 tbs chopped parsley (dried or fresh)
    >1 tbs Tarragon vinegar
    >Add: chives, dill,salt,and pepper to taste

    This is the best Tarter Sauce I have ever had and I mean it!

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    Default Simple is better

    A mixture of Miracle Whip, sweet relish, lemon juice, small amounts of minced garlic and onion and the juice from a jar of dill pickles. All the amounts depend on your taste. If you can make it a day ahead even better. This is like marinades, try something different until you find what you like. I have tried a few of the ones mentioned, not bad.

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