How to Spice up 5 Condiments

Tips To Jazz Up Condiments At Home

Spice things up this grilling season by breathing new life into 5 of your favorite condiments.


When the same old, same old condiments just aren’t cutting it anymore, spice things up with some new flavors. Read on to see easy ways to jazz up 5 of your favorite condiments.

1. Mayonnaise

Add Pesto: Blend 2 tablespoons of pesto into a cup of mayonnaise for delicious, Italian-style flavor. It’s yummy on your average turkey sandwich, or as a spread for a tomato and mozzarella sandwich.

Add Lemon Juice and Sea Salt: Create bright, clean flavor when you squeeze a quarter of a lemon into a cup of mayonnaise, plus a dash of sea salt. We love it on white fish or as a dip for French fries!

Tip: To prevent the citrus seeds from falling into your mixture, hold your lemon skin-side down as you squeeze.

Add Garlic: Spice up your next cookout by serving garlic mayonnaise in an old-fashioned squirt bottle alongside your burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. A teaspoon of minced garlic is all you need for 1 cup of mayonnaise.

2. Ketchup

Add Curry: It’s a strong, savory herb, so use it sparingly — just a pinch will add exotic layers of flavor to 1 cup of tomato ketchup.

Add Barbecue Sauce: Combine two classics and create a new condiment favorite! Whether you have a cup left or an entire bottle, mix ketchup with equal parts barbecue sauce and enjoy.

3. Mustard

Add Rosemary: Like mustard, rosemary has a slightly bitter, aromatic quality, making the two perfect mates. For a gourmet sandwich spread, add 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary to 1/2 cup Dijon mustard.

Tip: Don’t bother plucking each rosemary sprig off its stem — instead, gently pinch your fingers and pull backward down the steam to easily remove them.

Add Applesauce: For Dijon or coarse-grain mustard, try mixing in a few spoonsful of cinnamon applesauce. The unlikely ingredients combine to create a sweet, tangy sauce that’s delicious on pork and chicken.

Add Cranberry: The sweet and savory combination — along with the tartness — is perfect for pork or chicken dishes.

Tip: Discover 5 other ways to spice up your mustard with our simple ideas.

4. Butter

Add Berries: With a bit of butter and a few leftover berries, you can make something truly special. Drop a few berries into softened butter, and then mash together. We love blueberry butter on a whole grain bagel or blackberry butter on toast.

Add Honey: A few drops of honey can give butter a whole new attitude — experience something heavenly when you melt it on just-baked bread.

Tip: Looking for more ways to embellish butter? Check out our 7 flavored butter recipes.

5. Sour Cream

Add Cilantro: This fresh, leafy herb has bold, distinct flavor, so sprinkle just 1/2 teaspoon chopped cilantro into a cup of sour cream to instantly dress up fajitas or a taco salad.

Add Chipotle Peppers: Look for canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce at your local grocery — they have spicy, smoky flavor, so finely chop the peppers, and then add 1/8 teaspoon to a cup of sour cream. Yum!

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