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Feelin’ saucy

RECREATE THESE FAMOUS SAUCES FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME.


By Maddie Bane

If you’ve run out of sauce for your Chick-fil-A nuggets or maybe want an extra helping of Big Mac Sauce, save these copycat recipes for famous sauces. You can easily whip them up in your kitchen, and since they are homemade, the calories don’t count. Right?

I’M LOVIN’ IT

This copycat recipe for Big Mac Sauce goes perfectly on a homemade burger and is a fun option for chicken strips. Use it as a spread for sandwiches and as a dressing for salads.

Big Mac Sauce
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons French dressing
1 teaspoon white vinegar
4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon white onion, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS Add all ingredients into mixing bowl and stir until well combined.


SLAM DUNK
When you inevitably run out of dipping sauce for your chicken and fries from Zaxby’s mid-meal, this recipe will become a life saver. It’s also a great dip for onion rings and mozzarella sticks.

Zax Sauce
INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS Add all ingredients into mixing bowl and stir until well combined.


UDDERLY DELICIOUS

With Chick-fil-A openly discouraging beef consumption, it’s no secret that their signature sauce pairs perfectly with both grilled and breaded chicken. Use it as a marinade, put it on sandwiches or spice up breakfast tacos with it.

Chick-fil-A Sauce
INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
DIRECTIONS Add all ingredients into mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.


MAKE NO MIS-STEAK

Nothing goes better with a steak than A1 Sauce. Even if you’ve got a full bottle, it wouldn’t hurt to have a homemade batch on hand for backup. Use it as a condiment for beef and game meats. It also pairs well with potatoes and fish.

A1 Steak Sauce
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 garlic cloves, halved
2 tablespoons onion, chopped
1/2 orange, halved
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS [1] Add all ingredients into saucepan, with exception of orange pieces. Squeeze oranges into the pan and drop in rinds. [2] Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. [3] Remove from heat and strain out garlic and orange pieces. Let cool before serving.


SOME LIKE IT HOT

You can never have too much Tabasco Sauce. While the actual sauce uses a lengthy aging process, this homemade version is a great way to use up your tabasco peppers, which are very easy to grow here in the Lowcountry. Use it for a wing sauce, slather it on scramble eggs or just add heat and flavor to your favorite meal.

Tabasco Sauce
INGREDIENTS
1 pound fresh tabasco chili peppers
2 cups white vinegar
2 tablespoons salt
DIRECTIONS [1] Wash peppers and remove stems. Place in food processor until they are roughly chopped. [2] Add peppers, vinegar and salt into saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally. [3] Once boiling, turn heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. [4] Once cooled, puree mixture in blender until it creates a sauce consistency. [5] Place mixture into an airtight container for two weeks in refrigerator. After two weeks, strain to remove any seeds or pieces of pepper. [6] Place back into airtight container and store in refrigerator.