Dip

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

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