Canadians love their ketchup! We’ve even found a way to work it into potato chip form. Did you know that the term ‘Catsup’ describes the same condiment however, it’s typically only used in the Southern USA. On this side of the border we almost exclusively use the term ‘ketchup.’

It’s long been thought that the word Ketchup is derived from the Maylay / Chinese word ‘kicap’ which is pronounced ‘kichap’. It means soy sauce / fish sauce. Our popular ketchup brands today do not include fish but many earlier recipes (going back to the 1800s) did include anchovies. When you think about it, the slightly sweet, tomato based condiment can be made so many different ways. You might not wish to make your own ketchup but you can grab your favourite bottle and change it up with one of these three super quick to put together recipes:

 

This Smoked Ketchup is incredible for hotdogs cooked over a BBQ or fire. That extra zing of smokiness brings us all back to summers at the campsite.

Smoked:

¼ cup ketchup

1 tsp liquid smoke

¼ cup sautéed onions

¼ tsp garlic powder

 

We all have one friend who insists that putting ketchup on steak is a good idea. They are wrong. Except if you whip up this zingy horseradish ketchup that goes perfectly with steak. Give it a shot.

Horseradish

¼ cup ketchup

¼ tsp ground horseradish paste

Splash Worcestershire sauce

 

Spiced up ketchup is amazing for French fries! If you haven’t tried adding some hot sauce to your standard ketchup then you’re missing out. It’s so easy to make too. I love this for burgers as well.

Sriracha

¼ cup ketchup

1 tbsp sriracha

½ tsp honey

Get creative with your ketchup and find new ways to enjoy it on more foods! Celebrate national ketchup day by firing up the grill and spreading one of these fun mix ups on your burgers, hotdogs and yes, even steak! Don’t forget the side of fries.

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