Have y’all ever tried Comeback Sauce? It’s a little bit like Remoulade sauce and Thousand Island dressing had a baby—flavorful but without a lot of heat and with a bit of sweetness. The sauce originated in Jackson, Mississippi, and is used as a dipping sauce for anything fried and even as a salad dressing.
Since we like some spice in almost everything we eat, I add a little cayenne pepper, which is not traditional in Comeback Sauce. But I’m pretty sure there were probably Mississippi cooks who added various ingredients that aren’t necessarily traditional. Changing recipes to make them suit your family’s tastes is part of the fun of cooking!
“Y’all come back now, y’hear?”
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2/3 cup chili sauce (I like Heinz)
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce Tabasco or Frank's
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- Place all in a blender and blend or in a jar and shake until ingredients are well mixed.
- Store in the refrigerator in closed container up to two weeks.