Restaurant Sauces from Home

Are you missing your favorite restaurant?  Do you maybe live too far?  Maybe you just don’t want to pay the price for that burger?  No problem!  Let’s make it at home!

One of my favorite places to eat was Baker’s Fish House.  It was just outside of Porter between Muskogee and Wagoner right before you got to Hwy 69.  They had the best onion rings as an appetizer.  My favorite dish was the deviled crab.  It came to the table in the crab shell.  I first tried it as a child when we went to Muskogee on a trip to the antique shops in town.  It was so good, but I must admit the eyes in the shell freaked out my sister.  Bakers closed in late 2016 and the recipes are gone with it for the most part.  

We all have our favorite dishes to eat at our favorite restaurants.  The dishes differ based on what establishment you are eating at that time.  Then there are things that everyone loves.  Mazzio’s Ranch is the best.  Campfire sauce from Red Robin is soooo good!  Olive Garden salad dressing is unique to them.  You get what I am saying.  There are just some things that can’t be beat from certain places.  Fortunately, these days you can find all kinds of recipes that are ‘Copycat’ recipes of your favorite dishes.  

With the prevalence of the internet (and chefs with a knack for tasting out what is in a recipe), we can find lots of recipes extremely close those recipes we love from fast food to sit down restaurants the world over.  There are whole websites dedicated to the recipes like There are also individual blogs by at home chefs like who do lots of other recipes but will throw in their favorite restaurant recipes once in a while as well. Want something in particular, look it up.  You just might find it.  If you are of the type that prefers a cookbook, those are available as well.  There are several cookbooks on the Amazon that boast of copycat recipes.  

As a side note, use mayo in the recipes below and not Miracle Whip.  There is a difference and these will not work as well if you use Miracle Whip.  I use Avocado Mayo, but your favorite should work fine.  This week, meet me in the kitchen for some easy sauces that are sometimes more famous than the meal itself!  


Horseradish Sauce

1 Tbsp. white vinegar

4 tsps. granulated sugar

tsp salt

1 cup mayonnaise

2 Tbsps. plus 2 tsps. prepared horseradish

In a small dish, dissolve the sugar and salt in the vinegar.  Measure mayonnaise and horseradish into a blender. Add the vinegar solution, then turn blender on medium speed for about 10 seconds.  Pour sauce into a covered container and chill for at least a couple hours to let the flavors mingle.

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Burger Sauce

½ cup mayonnaise

2 Tbsps. French dressing

4 tsps. sweet pickle relish

1 Tbsp. minced onion

1 tsp white vinegar

1 tsp sugar

¼ tsp kosher salt

Add all ingredients to a bowl with a lid and mix well.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to meld before using.  Will keep up to a month.  

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Campfire Sauce

¾ cup mayonnaise

½ cup hickory barbeque sauce

½ tsp. garlic powder

In a small serving bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, barbecue sauce and garlic powder.  Serve over anything or use as a dipping sauce.  So good!


Italian Salad Dressing 

½ cup mayonnaise

cup red wine vinegar

cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp dried basil

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 

In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and parmesan cheese.  Pour into a salad dressing container. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.  

Note: An OG salad is generally served as a bed of Romaine lettuce topped with red onion, tomato, whole pepperoncini’s (pickled peppers), Kalamata olives, croutons, grated Parmesan cheese, and freshly cracked black pepper.

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Chicken Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 Tbsps. honey

1 Tbsp. yellow mustard

2 tsps. Dijon mustard

2 tsps. freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 Tbsps. BBQ sauce

Whisk together mayonnaise, honey, mustards, lemon juice and BBQ sauce.  Store in refrigerator in a closed container. 

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Pizza House Ranch Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup sour cream

2 packets Ranch dressing mix

Combine all ingredients in medium bowl and whisk well for at least 5 minutes.  Store in airtight container in fridge.