Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup
Ketchup (or catsup, you sass) is one of those accepted fragments of American life: It’s a given, it’s part of our framework, it speaks to children and hipsters in equal tones, it’s probably on your burger right now. But that doesn’t mean it is immutable. Chefs who are serious about their burgers make their own in-house flavors, amped with fruit or kissed with curry. But now with the arrival of Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup, it feels like ketchup is finally getting the attention it deserves. One of the founding fathers of this fresh little pot is from Minnesota, and while the ketchup has been getting buzz for a few years, it has only recently become widely available at Lunds and Byerly’s and is being used at Pat’s Tap.
The all-natural blend of flavors and spices (brown sugar! cider vinegar!) gives it some lift and lets it get to the next level without turning it into something completely different. The classic version balances sweet and tangy with a thick, fresh tomato flavor. The spiced version has a touch of heat with a nice depth that is just a step off barbecue sauce. Both are worthy for dipping fries but might also work in a stir-fry or a bloody mary. The potential snootiness of the Sir Kensington moniker is all in self-effacing fun, because remember, this is ketchup.
Available at Lunds, Byerly’s, and Whole Foods, sirkensingtons.com.