I forgot to get a shot of this on the community buffet table where it was much cuter. :( Forgive the stand in shot from two days later in a non-photogenic spot.
My family goes to a friend's house every 4th of July. It's a large gathering with usually about 100 people. But it's a fun time on a cul-de-sac where my kids can be safe; and, it's at the base of a mountain that fireworks get shot off of so we get a good free seat to the show. At every 4th of July BBQ here the host family takes care of the hot dogs and hamburgers and everyone else brings sides and desserts to share pot luck style.
This year, I just couldn't decide what to bring. Over the years I've made the red white and blue strawberries. I've made a loaded baked potato salad. I've made fun drinks and various things. This year, I just couldn't decide. I couldn't even narrow down my list to either dessert or side dish. It was killing me! So what did I do? Something I'm realizing I frequently do when I'm stressed about choices. I went in an entirely different direction. I made a fancy condiment bar.
Remember, this looked better on a checkered tablecloth, before the tags had drips, surrounded by other barbecue related items.
I will say, I passed by the table several times and overhead people saying things like, "these condiments are da' bomb" and "Have you tried that one yet?" and "I have to get another hot dog just to try the ____". It was affirming. ;) The hosts supplied all the regular condiments, these were just a side dress up for those foodies in attendance.
Here's what I had on the tray:
-Spicy Ketchup (ketchup with Tapatio sauce) - this jar was almost empty at the end of the night
-Peach onion relish (with peaches and onions from my garden!) The recipe is on my canning and condiments Pinterest board.
-Raspberry Chipotle BBQ sauce (also on my Pinterest board) - I had to increase the honey on this one and used 3 chipotles. And strained it.
-Maple Basil Dijon (Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and fresh basil - blendered- yes, I made that word up)
-Roasted Garlic Balsamic Aoli (roasted garlic, salt, balsamic vinegar, and mayo)
-Sriracha Mayo (Sriracha and mayonnaise)
It was a hit! Every jar was more than half empty when I brought it home.
Do you make any fun condiments you think I should try?