Sunday, December 27, 2015

Come Back Sauce

Do you have any family members who could be classified as "dippers?" We have several generations of them. No matter what they're eating, it's got to have a condiment added to it. My grand-daughter has even eaten a honey bun with ranch dressing. While you are absorbing that combination, she gets it honest. She inherited the ranch and/or ketchup on anything to be consumed gene from her Daddy.

Back a few months ago, Andy noticed we ran out of JD white sauce for his grilled chicken. I told him it kind of reminded me of something I'd eaten in Mississippi at Hal and Mal's many moons ago and had read about in one of the many Sweet Potato Queens books I owned (where I found out about Death Corn Five). Needless to say, I couldn' put my hand on my book so I Googled it and found this verion from Southern Bite which was perfect!

I didn't change a thing from the recipe and now I have to keep a batch on hand at all times. It's good on just about anything. Andy eats it on chicken, shrimp, crab cakes, crackers, etc. Go ahead and pick up a condiment bottle with a cap on it...or two or three. It's that good. I mix a double batch every time I can. For some reason, chili sauce is hard to find in our small town. I buy several bottles any time I see it so we don't run out.

3/4 cup Hellman's mayonnaise
1/3 cup Heinz Chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspooon onion powder.

Whisk all the ingredients until well blended. Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate for a few hours before using.

Sun-Drop Punch

What is it about the holidays that make you want to break out the punch bowl and mix up a concoction that is safe for the kiddos to drink and just as good for the adults to add a little somethin', somethin' to?

This recipe is one I've had scratched out on a note from either a bridal or baby shower I helped give from way back when. In the South, we love our Sun-Drop. There's no other drink like it. I've had to limit myself over the years as it is quite addictive. Many years ago I switched over to the Diet version and when they came out with an unleaded option that was almost as good as the real thing, all I can say is I've gone there and won't go back. Some of my friends just shake their heads and say "bless her heart." Every so often, for old times sake, I'll grab a returnable bottle with the real cap and I can almost see the pulp floating in it. That citrus pulp is what makes the flavor so unique.

If you're making a batch for a bridal shower put pretty lemon slices on top. For a small family get-together I cut the recipe in half and using my smallest ice cream scoop, float balls of orange sherbert. My serving container will hold around two and a half gallons so I can go either way. However, since I am limiting sugars, I sure don't need that much hanging around.

(Chill everything before mixing)
3 - two liter Sun-Drops (Diet, caffiene-free is a good option)
2 - 46 oz. cans of pineapple juice
2 - 12 oz. cans frozen lemonade

Pour all ingredients in a punch bowl and mix well. Garnish with one of the two options below.

Option 1: 3-4 lemons (sliced to float)
Option 2: Orange sherbert