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Asian Ketchup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | October 12th, 2011 | Recipes, Simple Solutions, Spreads & Sauces
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It’s been a month since I shared a Simple Solution.  This recipe fits perfectly within this category.  It requires two ingredients and takes about 5 seconds to make.  However, the flavor that it imparts is so much greater than would seem possible.

So, how did Asian Ketchup come to be?  As I’ve written, our 13 year old is a vegetarian.  Vegetarianism is something I have dabbled with throughout my life, so quite frequently I opt to eat the same dish as her while other family members have a meat-based dish.  Sometimes we make dishes from scratch, but other times we used store-bought items, such as black bean burgers or soy-based faux chicken items.  Recently, I found Asian veggie patties and thought they’d be worth trying.

Deciding to use the Asian veggie patty as the protein portion of my dinner, I decided to embellish it a little.  A little grated cheddar added a nice melted cheese component, but it still needed more.  Typically, I would use some sort of mustard with a burger, but that didn’t seem to coordinate well; plain ketchup seemed boring.  However, we always have hoisin sauce in our house, and I adore using it in a variety of Asian dishes.  So, thankfully, the assorted thoughts connected like dots, and Asian Ketchup was created.

It made a fabulous dipping sauce for the Asian veggie patty.  I plan to make it again and try it with sweet potato fries, chicken tenders, and any other complimentary dipping items.

 

Asian Ketchup


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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tb. ketchup
  2. 2 Tb. hoisin sauce
Instructions
  1. Stir well to combine.
  2. Use immediately, or refrigerate for future use.
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