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The Tartar Sauce Caper

If you love fish as much as I do, you’ve probably figured out whether or not you love tartar sauce too.  Alan can take it or leave it, but there are very few fish dishes out there that I don’t think could be improved by a little (or a lot) of tartar sauce.  On our recent cruise on the Norwegian Star (and we all know Norwegians love their fish), we enjoyed many different types of fish…and I was always hoping for excellent tartar sauce on the side, although it didn’t happen very often. So, maybe not every culture likes tartar sauce, but if you do, I hope you aren’t buying commercial tartar sauce, because you can make your own at home in about a minute just be stirring together equal parts of mayonnaise (or any similar salad dressing) and pickle relish (sweet or dill, depending on your preference). To me, it tastes better, and it definitely costs less. Of course, there are all sorts of recipes out there to make your homemade tartar sauce even better, but last spring in Hawaii Alan and I both fell in love with tartar sauce laced with capers, and then last summer we were served such a delectable concoction again at a restaurant here on the shores of Lake Michigan, so I decided it was time to figure out my all-time favorite blend. Here’s what I came up with for myself, but I’ve also listed a few ideas that are good and add slightly different taste points just in case you haven’t already set your heart on any particular recipe. (If you have, please share it!)

Tartar Sauce á la Capers
(serves 2-4 people, depending on how much they love tartar sauce!)

Mix together:
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons dill relish (Alan prefers sweet)
1 teaspoons capers

That’s all there is to it, although you might want to experiment with adding any or all of the following just to change things up sometimes:
* 1 tablespoon finely chopped cucumber
* 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
* 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno pepper
* 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
*1 teaspoon of your favorite mustard
* 1 teaspoon fresh parsley
* 1-2 dashes of your favorite hot sauce
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed garlic clove
*1/8 teaspoon dill seed or crushed dill leaves (also called “dill weed”)
*Salt and pepper to taste (I don’t personally add either)

Have fun experimenting, and I hope you love your personal house blend! Please let me know if you find other additives that really make your tartar sauce sparkle!

For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:4-6, emphasis mine).