Special Sauce

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Author Notes: Inspired by the recipe Vegetables with Saffron-Chili Mayonnaise in the Crabtree & Evelyn Cookbook, one of my many favorite books. Great with burgers, or to dip veggies, crisp potato wedges, or my favorite, fried onion rings. -mrslarkinmrslarkin

Food52 Review: I stood whisking up this recipe with the Big Mac jingle stuck in my head, wedging the special sauce between two all beef patties and lettuce. But tasting Mrs. Larkin’s condiment by the same name proved it shouldn’t be sandwiched between any two things at all. It should be the star of the plate or at least be positioned in the role of the best supporting sauce. The condiment lightly skims the food it meets with a lemony garlic front end and a sriracha-inspired kick. I’ll use this saffron-colored beauty as a dip, a plated sauce under a steak, and stirred into fish stew. - cheese1227A&M

Makes about 1 3/4 cups

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • pinch of saffron threads, about 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
  • 1 3/4 cup good-quality mayonnaise, or homemade
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • dash of salt
  1. Warm the lemon juice and water. Add saffron and let sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Finely chop the garlic and mash to a paste with the side of a chef's knife.
  3. In a medium bowl or 4-cup measuring cup, combine all ingredients and whisk with a fork. Taste for sugar and salt.
  4. Cook's Note: For a nice low-fat dipping sauce, mix Special Sauce into Non-fat Greek Yogurt to taste.
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Tags: condiments, dips, Easy, savory

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over 3 years ago Jaynerly

Delicious! This looks great!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Thanks, Jayne!!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Cook's Note: For a nice lighter dipping sauce, mix Special Sauce into Non-fat Greek Yogurt to taste.

Me

about 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks really wonderful. I used to make a curry-chili-mayo that I'd totally forgotten about until I just read through your great-sounding recipe. I used mine for dipping artichokes leaves into, among other things. Thanks for this great recipe and the reminder of one I'd totally forgotten about!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Thanks, ChezSuzanne! Love the artichoke leaves idea!! Yum!

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about 4 years ago Midge

I love mixing Sriracha and mayo, but this takes it to another level. Can't wait to try it.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Hope you like it, Midge!

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about 4 years ago pauljoseph

Excellent easy recipe

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Thank you, pauljoseph.

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about 4 years ago Sunchowder

Ummm, Ummm Good Liz.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Thanks, Sunchowder!

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about 4 years ago thirschfeld

Man I bet that would be good on a deep fried soft shell crab sushi roll. Looks yummy.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Oh, that sounds real good, thirschfeld. Got a recipe for that? :)

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about 4 years ago Lizthechef

Another great condiment! I've got everything on hand except for the onion rings ;)

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Thanks! Go for it, Liz!