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|Place of origin||United States|
|Region or state||Utah|
|Created by||Don Carlos Edwards|
|Serving temperature||At room temperature approx 20°C|
|Main ingredients||Ketchup, mayonnaise|
Fry sauce is a condiment often served with French fries or tostones (twice-fried plantain slices) in many places in the world. It is usually a combination of one part tomato ketchup and two parts mayonnaise, with many variations which add additional ingredients to the basic recipe.
Although sauce composed of a mixture of equal parts ketchup and mayonnaise appears in a New Orleans cookbook published in 1900, fry sauce was originally popularized in the United States by a chef named Don Carlos Edwards, who served it in his first restaurant, Don Carlos’ Barbecue in Salt Lake City, which eventually became the Utah-based restaurant chain Arctic Circle in the 1950s. The chain still serves fry sauce in its western United States restaurants.
In April 2018, Heinz announced plans to release "mayochup", a pre-made mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup, if 500,000 users voted "yes" in a Twitter poll asking Americans if they wanted to see it in stores. A number of Twitter users responded that such a mixture already existed as "fry sauce" and "fancy sauce". The sauce arrived at U.S. retailers' shelves in September 2018.
In May 2018, Fancy Sauce announced plans to release its "fancy sauce" condiment, a take on the traditional ketchup, mayo blend without actually combining ketchup and mayo.
In Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile, a similar condiment known as salsa golf (golf sauce) is a popular dressing for fries, burgers, steak sandwiches, and seafood salads. According to tradition, the sauce was invented by Luis Federico Leloir, a Nobel laureate and restaurant patron, at a golf club in Mar del Plata, Argentina during the mid-1920s.
In France, many Turkish restaurants and fast food establishments serve fry sauce and call it sauce cocktail; it is also common for customers to request ketchup-mayo (a dab of mayonnaise and a dab of ketchup) alongside their French fries at such places. Both sauce cocktail and the thousand island-like sauce cocktail can often be found in supermarkets.
In Germany, a popular product called Rot Weiss (red white) is sold in toothpaste-style tubes; it consists of unmixed ketchup and mayonnaise, which form a red-and-white striped string when squeezed out. Fries at restaurants are sometimes served with an equal mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise. Pommes-Soße or Frittensoße (fry sauce) is a lightly spiced mayonnaise similar to the Dutch Fritessaus. A condiment similar to the American fry sauce is known as Cocktailsoße, but it's more often used for döner kebab than for French fries.
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