Dips

Guy Fieri’s Donkey Sauce

Get your culinary passports ready because today we are going to Flavor Town. Guy Fieri likes to serve his burgers and sandwiches covered in a mysterious sauce called “Donkey Sauce” that packs a strong garlic punch. However, during an appearance on the Rachael Ray show, he admitted that Donkey Sauce is just a simple garlic aioli, but calling something an “aioli” doesn’t exactly jive with his brand. The real trick to getting a delicious Donkey Sauce is to use freshly roasted garlic in the recipe, but we won’t blame you… Read More »Guy Fieri’s Donkey Sauce

Shake Shack Cheese Sauce

Recently, Shake Shack started a new cooking-along series where they are sharing some of their recipes. They have included my favorite, the cheese sauce. See the video that they shared below, or the written instruction below the video. Ingredients 2 cups of American cheese 2 cups of cheddar cheese 1 tbsp of canola oil 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar 6 thin slices of jalapeños ¾ cup of sliced onions ½ tsp of salt 2 tsp of peppercorns 2 cups of heavy cream 2 tsp of white wine Preparation Sweat the… Read More »Shake Shack Cheese Sauce

Virginia White Salsa

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. I have lived in Virginia my whole life, but white salsa is not something that I came into contact with until probably the time when I was in college. This is usually served at local Tex-Mex chains alongside a regular tomato salsa and thin corn tortilla chips. It is a thick, creamy, sweet salsa that balances out a spicy salsa that is it usually served alongside. When this started showing up at my local restaurants, I assumed that this was… Read More »Virginia White Salsa

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. By now you should know that I am big chicken wing fan. I used to always gravitate towards the sticky-sweet sauces like General Tso’s, but I’ve seen the light of the classic Buffalo sauce. The spicy sauce is always really well balanced by a creamy dip like ranch or blue cheese dressing. When I was younger I always picked ranch dressing. I did not like blue cheese at all. Something about the funky taste always put me off. However, as… Read More »Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

The Best Vegan Ranch Dressing

I am not a vegan (or event a vegetarian), but try to keep a plant-based diet whenever possible. I used to be a huge fan of “Just Ranch” from Hampton Creek, but it is impossible to find now due to some internal issues at that company. For the past few months I have been working on a formula for the perfect substitute. Luckily, the same source from the Outback Honey Mustard recipe sent me their bulk ranch dressing recipe. I scaled this and combined it with a few other recipes… Read More »The Best Vegan Ranch Dressing

BRC Bacon Jam

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. I spent the Summer of 2012 working in Houston. Most of that time was spent between office building and hotels with plenty of sweaty commutes in between. At night, I had a small group of friends that liked to meet up on Washington Avenue. My favorite place of all was a gastropub called BRC which had a great menu, great drinks, and a terrifying bathroom. My favorite thing was the bacon jam. They would serve it on burgers and sandwiches,… Read More »BRC Bacon Jam

Papa John’s Garlic Sauce

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Papa John’s has been serving their garlic sauce with pizzas since they opened. The warm, buttery sauce goes perfectly with pizzas and breadsticks. There are countless recipes online for recreating it (mostly involving mixing garlic powder into melted butter) which make a pretty good result, but there is something off about them. At the secret-sauce.net test kitchen, we wanted to truly rebuild the sauce in a home kitchen, so we started from the ground up. If you look at the… Read More »Papa John’s Garlic Sauce

Chipotle Guacamole

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Chipotle Guacamole was one of the recipes that we have been trying to recreate since the first time that we had it. It is always fresh and creamy and tastes amazing in a burrito or on top of a chip. Luckily for us, Chipotle posted this recipe publicly in April of 2015. They have since removed the page, but we were able to recover it using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. The screenshot to the left is the original post,… Read More »Chipotle Guacamole

Outback (classic) Honey Mustard

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Among connoisseurs of honey mustard there is a general agreement that Outback’s honey mustard is in the top tier of restaurant honey mustards. This dressing and dip is good on salads, sandwiches, vegetables, and especially chicken fingers. Outback used to make their honey mustard in each restaurant fresh daily, but they moved to mass production and sending bags of already-prepared product to the restaurants in 2016. Since then, a lot of people have complained that their honey mustard does not… Read More »Outback (classic) Honey Mustard