I’ll start off by saying I don’t even really like ketchup. I’m just not a huge condiment fan to begin with and I almost feel bad that poor lil ketchup doesn’t get the respect or appreciation it deserves. Not to mention most store-brand ketchups are chock full of crap! There’s so many recipes I’ve seen that call for ketchup, yet, I always snub them, thinking to myself that the ketchup somehow lessens their allure. Since we’ve started keeping a jar of clean, homemade, paleo ketchup on hand, I no longer feel guilty dropping a tablespoon or two into a dish, spreading some on my lettuce-wrapped sandwiches, or dousing my meatloaf in it.
Before this recipe, I had tried several variations of (what I thought would be) homemade ketchup and never made anything that could pass the “James-approved” test. This recipe can easily be cut in half, if you’d like, as you do get 1-1/2 to 2 cups of end-product. Either way, it’s delicious and super easy! Just toss all the ingredients in the blender, give it a good whizz to achieve a smooth ketchup texture and you’ve got perfect paleo ketchup that will keep for at least a week in an airtight jar. Now… Make meatloaf! Or Paleo Chik-Fil-A Nuggets! Or barbeque sauce! Or smashed hamburgers! Or baked French fries! Or make thousand island dressing to put on pastrami! The possibilities are endless. I’ve actually grown to love ketchup, alllll thanks to this recipe – WHO’DA THUNKIT! Now, may I present to you… Clean, homemade, paleo ketchup! Woooooooo!
*This recipe can be halved, if necessary
- 12 oz tomato paste (2-6 oz cans)
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 5-6 pitted medjool dates soaked in water for 2 hrs OR 3-4 tbsp honey, to taste (opt. You can also get soaked dates by placing them in boiling water for 1-3 mins.)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp sriracha or vinegar-based hot sauce
- Purée in a high-speed blender, or with a blender or hand blender until completely smooth (like ketchup!)
- Serve with [url href=”http://meritandfork.com/paleo-chik-fil-a-nuggets/” target=”_blank”]Paleo Chik-Fil-A Nuggets[/url] or [url href=”http://meritandfork.com/baked-french-fries-recipe/” target=”_blank”]Baked French Fries[/url]