Recipe by Toby Jermain
I developed this tartar sauce about 35 years ago while working as broiler chef in a nice family steakhouse in California that didn't have a decent tartar sauce and didn't really care that their sauce couldn't even stand up to that on McDonald's Filet of Fish. I love this, since it is obviously designed just to my taste! It's good enough that it's even converted a couple of devout tartar haters, including my wife, who hates the stuff, to true believers. She uses more of it than I do!
Top Review by lazyme
Wonderful! My grandson loves tartar sauce with fries and so I've tried several on the site. This is our favorite hands-down. My grandson doesn't usually care for capers, but he's now a convert. The only thing that I will do differently next time, is to mash the capers a little before adding. I served this with recipe #86210 for a delicious meal. Thanks for sharing Toby. Made for All You Can Cook Buffet tag.
- 2 cups good quality thick mayonnaise (use Hellman's or Best Foods, not the thin runny stuff)
- 1⁄2 cup dill relish, well drained
- 2 -4 tablespoons sweet relish, well drained,to taste,starting the smaller amount and increasing to taste
- 1⁄4 cup finely diced onion, more to taste
- 1 -2 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
- 1 -2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon minced drained capers
- 1 -2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, to taste
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon dry mustard or 1 -2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Tabasco sauce
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Although quantities are close, they are only the starting point for the recipe.
- Whisk the mayonnaise until smooth and creamy, and set aside.
- Combine minimum amounts of all remaining ingredients except Tabasco, salt, and pepper, and whisk until dry ingredients are well incorporated.
- Stir into mayonnaise, and whisk until well combined.
- Allow to sit for 15 minutes, taste, and adjust seasoning with Tabasco, salt, and pepper.
- Taste again, and start to increase sweet relish, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, and mustard to meet your standards.
- I sometimes end up adding more dill relish, especially if I added too much sweet relish.
- Keep the amount of sweet relish low; this recipe is not supposed to be sweet, it is primarily a tart, sharp tartar sauce, as all good tartar sauces should be.
- If you want a sweet tartar sauce, just buy the stuff on the grocery shelf.
- Believe it or not, this will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for a couple months.
- If you want to extend the refrigerator life even longer, replace fresh onion with dried onion flakes (preferably the toasted ones), replace the fresh garlic with granulated garlic, and replace the fresh parsley with dried parsley flakes.
- I dont normally eat this with fish, except a little on occasion, but I love to dip the french fries that accompany the fish in the tartar sauce.
- My wife, who hates tartar sauce, loves this one.