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 V.14 No.30 | July 28 - August 3, 2005 

Saucy!

A Fish Stick's Best Friend

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

Ingredients:

2 1/2 tablespoons regular or low-fat mayonnaise

1 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

3 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions:

Mix mayonnaise, relish and lemon juice in small bowl. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.

Tartar Sauce

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients. Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving.

Steak House Tartar Sauce

Makes about 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients. Cover and chill before serving.

Cilantro-Lime Tartar Sauce

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup chopped dill pickles

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons drained capers, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, or to taste

2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeño chile (including seeds)

Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients. Cover and chill until served.

Cajun Tartar Sauce

Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sweet pickle relish

2 tablespoons capers, rinsed, drained and chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

2 teaspoons hot sauce

2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (McCormick or Spice Hunter is good)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill, covered, until ready to serve.

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