Fry Sauce

When I was a kid, going to eat at the local drive in always included a side of “fry sauce” with the meal. A distinctly Utah invention, fry sauce ( or sometimes called pink sauce) is a concoction of Don Carlos Edwards, who started the Arctic Circle fast-food chain of drive ins back in the 1940s.

Conventional thinking says that the sauce is equal parts mayo to ketchup, with a quantity of sweet pickle brine added. It just didn’t taste quite the same. Many friends swear onion or garlic powder is part of the recipe. (Been there-tried that too) My sister swears there’s Worcestershire in it. In interviews, the current spokesperson for the chain says that pickle brine was never used in their fry sauce. Armed with that knowledge, I played around with ratios and came up with the following recipe. -E

Fry Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup
1 1/2 t. apple cider vinegar
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t. onion powder
dash of paprika
dash kosher salt
dash cayenne pepper

1. Place all ingredients in bowl and whisk to combine. Best if made the day ahead. Refrigerate until ready to serve with fries!

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