Although there are many flavored ketchups available on the supermarket shelf, why not try your hand at a homemade version. This simple sauce is the perfect base for the imaginative cook to create their own home style delicacy.
- 4 pounds Creole tomatoes, cored and chopped
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup malt or apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
Combine the chopped tomatoes, sugar, and vinegar in a large bowl and mash to a pulp with your hands or a potato masher. Place the tomato mixture and all of the remaining ingredients in a large, heavy, non-reactive saucepan. Cook the mixture slowly over low heat until the puree is thick and bubbly, about 1½ hours. Remove the pan from the heat and pass through a sieve into a clean bowl. Allow the ketchup to cool, then serve or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.