Condiments—the crowned jewels of cooking—add a hit of heat, a little acid, or a much-needed creamy note to breakfast, dinner, or dessert (dessert condiments are real and wonderful). What qualifies as a condiment is a little up for debate here at Food52, where hot sauce reigns supreme, sour cream holds an embarrassingly large piece of our collective heart, and there is contention surrounding runny egg yolks.
This conversation is precisely what makes condiments, and cooking for that matter, endlessly fun. Topping your food with your favorite condiment shows personality and creativity, no matter how strange others think you are. While owning up to your favorite condiment (Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce, for example) can make enemies, this is a safe space. That’s why we asked the staff at Food52:
What is your favorite can’t-live-without, buy-it-in-bulk, eat-it-on-everything condiment?
Are you an avocado lover that can’t be stopped, or a bananas and ketchup kind of person? Tell us what condiment you couldn't live without in the comments below.
Erin: I love hot sauce and I carry three kinds in my purse at all times for spicy emergencies: Frank's (yay vinegar!), A & B American Style pepper sauce (yay Food52 Shop!), and Coyote Garlic Hot Sauce (100 cloves of garlic per 60 bottles).
Karl: I love all kinds of hot sauces, but I think Frank's wins for me, too.
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Lauren L: Maple syrup: in my morning shake, in salad dressing, and on all breakfast baked goods.
Kelsey: Yes. Maple syrup on everything.
Rachel: Sometimes I make things just so that I can put sour cream on them.
Leandra: Thank goodness someone else said it first. I love sour cream and I don’t care who knows it.
Stephanie: Dudes, I eat sour cream like it is yogurt and I'm not even joking. Sour cream forever and for always.
Lucy: In a former life I may have been "that girl" who asked for a side of ranch dressing for dipping fries. Please don't fire me.
Merrill: Stonewall Kitchen's Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam—great with meat, great with cheese, just great.
Haley: Sun Valley Mustard. Any flavor. My in-law's are to blame for this one, and now even my grandmother is hooked. If I had to pick a favorite, it's the Chardonnay, but this feels like picking a favorite child.
Ryan M: Cleveland's Ball Park Mustard.
Do you love condiments? Do you have a favorite? Are there any that you really hate? Tell us in the comments below!