Fish sticks are underrated. Sure, they might not taste all that great, and they're probably primarily consumed by college kids who are stoned out of their minds. But the important thing to realize, when contemplating whether or not to ingest a breaded fish product, is that the focus should not be on the stick itself, but on the delectable tartar sauce you can (and should) dip it in. Tartar sauce is all even the poorest quality of fish stick needs to become a true delicacy. Fish stick too dry? A dab of tartar will moisten it right up. Does the fish taste overprocessed and slimy? You can't hate what you can't taste, so slather on that T.S. flavor. Whatever fish stick-related problem you encounter, the answer can always be found in the fish stick's favorite cool and creamy buddy.
Two Second Tartar Sauce
Makes about 1/3 cup
2 1/2 tablespoons regular or low-fat mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
3 teaspoons lemon juice
Mix mayonnaise, relish and lemon juice in small bowl. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle or sweet pickle relish, drained
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped pimento
1 tablespoon snipped parsley
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients. Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving.
Steak House Tartar Sauce
Makes about 2 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup capers
1/4 cup relish
1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
Combine all the ingredients. Cover and chill before serving.