Plate and bowl by Jim Shack. Photo by Marta Bartolomei Edmonds.
This simple Puerto Rican dipping sauce is traditionally served with fritters like tostones fried green plantains or sorullitos de maiz corn fritters.
Why do I call it “The Secret Dipping Sauce”? Well, many years ago I was serving tostones and, to Scott’s disappointment, I didn’t serve it with the sauce. Not knowing the name of the sauce, he asked for “the secret sauce” and the name stuck.
The dipping sauce is so simple that I’m not sure there is an actual name for it. In Puerto Rico we might just call it salsita (sauce). It’s a basic sauce of mayonnaise and ketchup, you can vary the proportions to taste. I always like it with a few shakes of Tabasco sauce and garnished with a sprinkling of paprika, but you can play with the basic ingredients and make your own variation.
Secret Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
Tabasco sauce or 1/4 teaspoon finely minced garlic (optional)
1. Make the sauce by stirring the mayonnaise and ketchup until combined. Add optional Tabasco or minced garlic to taste. Serve cold.