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Old 03-22-2006, 06:46 PM   #1
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I need a good Tartar Sauce

I posted here, because I didn't know if it was sauce, or fish, or general... so here is it.

I am looking for a good tartar sauce.The web a zillion of them, and I have tried many- none have that zing I am looking for.

For those of you in the South, there was a cafeteria called Picadilly. Their sauce was wonderful. There also was Morrison's. Theirs was too.

I have heard that Picadilly's sauce has some chopped up green leaf from fresh cabbage. I have tried it and it gets a little closer, but still something missing.
I often use mayonaise, dill pickles, and/or capers, a little lemon, and sometimes a splash of white balsemic. All pretty good- but still not the one I am looking for.
Hints, allegations, facts, opinions all valued. Thanks in advance.


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Old 03-22-2006, 07:16 PM   #2
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I'm not sure of the restaurant that you are talking about, but, that's not a big surprise as I don't go to restaurants often.

All I do to make mine, is mix mayo, white vinegar, sugar and sweet relish to taste. Just if your interested.

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Old 03-22-2006, 07:21 PM   #3
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Mine is mayo, both dill and sweet relish, finely minced onion, a bit of lemon juice, sometimes a bit of sugar and some horseradish.
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Old 03-22-2006, 08:57 PM   #4
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No tartar sauce is proper without capers. My tartar sauce is ll it is is mayo, capers, pickles, dill (the herb), chives, parsley and stone ground mustard.
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Old 03-22-2006, 09:09 PM   #5
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Tartar Sauce

1/2 C Mayonnaise
2 Tb Minced Parsley
2 Tb Minced Sweet Pickle Relish
1 Tb Minced onion
1 Tb Minced Celery
1 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Fresh Tarragon ( tsp dry)
Pinch Celery Seed
TT Tabasco

Combine the ingredients thoroughly and refrigerate for and hour to allow the flavors to blend.
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:42 PM   #6
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Is it possible it was made with Miracle Whip rather than mayo? That might be the missing "zing".
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:09 AM   #7
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You can try my recipe as well and see if it works for you:

Basic Tartar Sauce

Yield: Approx. 1 1/2 cups


1 c. Mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
2 tsp. Colman's Mustard + cold water
1/3 c. Sweet Onion, finely minced
1/4 c. Dill Pickle, finely minced
2 Tbsp. Capers, rinsed and dried, finely minced
2 Tbsp. Fresh Tarragon, finely minced
2 Tbsp. Italian Parsley, finely minced
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
3 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
Kosher Salt to taste


In a mixing bowl combine the Colman's mustard and enough water to make a thick paste. Add the mayonnaise and dijon mustard and whisk to combine. Fold in the remaining ingredients. Season to taste with kosher salt, and add more cayenne or lemon juice if needed.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:37 AM   #8
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I'm old enough to remember Howard Johnson's Tartar Sauce on their Clam Rolls. Oh that was the BEST!
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:46 AM   #9
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I can add nothing, with all these fine recipes. It just a matter of choosing and using and what you have on hand. They have given you the basics as well as embellishments. Go for it.

dill relish (my preference)
lemon juice
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Old 03-23-2006, 11:03 AM   #10
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I haven't eaten at Picadilly in years so can't remember what their tartar sauce was like. I make mine by using mayo, minced onion, finely chopped dill pickle and a bit of pickle juice to desired consistency. I think it is as good as any I've tasted and I can make it fresh whenever I need it. This thread makes me want some fish, but it won't be tonight. Our neighbors have invited us down for brisket and she won't let me bring anything. I'll have to think of something I can take as a small gift.

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