There is nothing like a summer hamburger cooked to perfection on an outdoor grill. You may want to stop there but I strongly suggest that if you want to really amp up the flavor of your grilled burger, try making your own version of special sauce. Usually, special sauce is a combination of your favorite condiments – mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. The base of my special sauce is the same but I like to chop up bread and butter pickles for a little sweetness along with pickled jalapenos for some spice and heat to mix into my sauce so that every bite of my burger has a combination of many tastes. I could have stopped here but decided to take my sauce up one more level of flavor. I added to my sauce one of the best ingredients I could think of – whiskey! Whiskey really makes that special sauce a “special, special sauce”. The whiskey enhances the salty and sweet flavors. As for topping the burger feel free to have a slice of melted american cheese. You can also try my new favorite, freshly grated parmesan cheese generously grated over the burger like a big cloud of freshly fallen snow! It’s burger time with your own special sauce!
From by the bay, wishing you whiskey special sauce food memories!
Whiskey Special Sauce
- 1/2 cup good quality prepared mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon whiskey
- 3 tablespoons chopped bread and butter pickles
- 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeno
In a small bowl mix all the ingredients until well combined. Place in a covered glass container and refrigerate for at least one hour below using. The sauce keep refrigerated for up to one week.
Note: You can make the special sauce without the whiskey
Here is a classic to enjoy with your next barbecue – Deli style macaroni! Sometimes, you want to keep it simple. I mixed up the recipe with some Mexican cream because I had some in the refrigerator. If you can’t find Mexican cream you could replace the cream with an additional 1/2 cup mayonnaise with a 1/4 cup sour cream. It all works well.
From by the bay wishing you happy deli food memories!
Deli Style Macaroni Salad
1 pound cooked elbow macaroni
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup Mexican sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 tablespoons whole milk
3 celery ribs, chopped finely
1/2 onion ,chopped finely
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan add the vinegar and sugar and bring to a bowl, dissolving the sugar. In a large bowl add macaroni and pour the sugar/vinegar mixture over and stir. Place in the refrigerator to cool for an hour. Remove bowl from refrigerator and add the remaining ingredients. Combine well. Cover and refrigerate until ready for use.
Looking for something to kick up the flavor for your Memorial Day weekend ? This is the just the recipe. It’s the perfect combination of creamy coolness with just a undernote of a little heat. I’ll be making this side dish for my weekend barbecue, how about you ?
From by the bay wishing you some food memories with kick !
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fine granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon fine grey sea salt
- 2 teaspoons Sriracha Sauce
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 16 ounces shredded green cabbage
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Make dressing In a small bowl by whisking together mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, salt, sriracha sauce and oil. In a large bowl add cabbage, cilantro and dressing. Toss until combined. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.