Yes, I know, it seems easier to pick up a pre-made dressing off the supermarket shelf. Something I have done endless times. I could, I suppose, make my own ketchup but prefer the convenience of Heinz. But if you are keen to avoid hidden ingredients like sugar and salt, it is better to knock your own dressings up. Here are a few delicious homemade dips that you might like to try:
In a small bowl, blend 100g good mayonnaise, 1 tbsp harissa paste, 1 tbsp runny honey and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving. Great with prawns.
Using a food processor, whizz together 3 tbsp grated Parmesan, 3 chopped anchovy fillets, a small garlic clove, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, a drizzle of Worcester sauce and 1tsp fresh lemon juice. Add one large egg yolk and blend. Gradually pour in 2 tbsp olive oil and 1tbsp hot water until emulsified and smooth. Stir through 1 tbspn capers and season.
In a bowl whisk 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, half tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tbsp vodka, 1 tsp tomato ketchup, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, sprinkling celery salt and a dash of Tabasco. Then mix in 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley and 100g chopped tomatoes. Season. Great with grilled meat and vegetables alike.
OMG I absolutely love this with a medium rare homemade burger! Also good as a salad dressing of course. Crumble 25g Gorgonzola or Roquefort into a bowl and mix in 4 tbsp sour cream, 2 tbsp milk, 1 tbsp mayo, 1tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 2 tbsp olive oil until smooth and creamy. Then season and sprinkle on more crumbled blue cheese.
Gently heat 4 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and toast 1 tsp each coriander and cumin seeds for 5 mins, until fragrant. Remove from heat and whisk in 4 tbspn fresh orange juice, 1 tbsp sherry vinegar and 1 tbsp runny honey. Cool then season. Really delicious with fish.
One last yummy and very popular dip – Spicy Chilli and Coriander – click here to see recipe. And, of course, there’s lots more wonderful recipes for you in our What’s Cooking section.