Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Zaxby's Dipping Sauce

I have what my husband would probably refer to as an unnatural craving for Zaxby's dipping sauce...actually I crave the similar Abner's chicken dipping sauce, but no one has brought that religion to Arkansas yet.  The sauce I am referring to is the mayo/ketchup combo that draws gut-bomb seekers like myself to restaurants such as Zaxby'sAbner's, and Guthrie's, etc.
I first ate Abner's in college and for most of us, it was a one of the major food groups.  Zaxby's is not close to our home (which is a decidedly positive thing), so a couple of years ago, I did a little research to find out how to make my own sauce.  Now, it's not quite the same, of course, but it's close enough to get my fix.  I found this recipe at Recipelink.com but tweaked it a bit to our liking.  Enjoy!

Homemade "Zaxby's" Sauce
Serves about 4

1/2 cup mayo (the lemony the better...Hellman's or Duke's are best!)
1/4 cup Heinz ketchup
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. worcestershire sauce
black pepper (no measurement...you will see why)

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, ketchup, and garlic powder, mixing well.  Add worcestershire sauce and blend well again.  Cover the surface of the sauce with black pepper until just coated.  Blend well.  Repeat process with black pepper, covering surface of sauce, and blend well again.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to serving to allow the flavors to mingle.  
Serve with **chicken tenders, french fries, or our latest favorite with this sauce...sweet potato fries!
**I wish I had a photo to show you these delicious chicken tenders, but I made these a long time ago...before I was doing neurotic things like photographing our food before we eat!  This recipe hails from the trustworthy Pioneer Woman, so you know they must be delicious.
HERE is the link for PW's step-by-step instructions for these chicken tenders and, of course, beautiful photography...even of frying chicken!  


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