Friday Night Topic: Mayo or “Salad Dressing?”

Some of you may remember last year when we had the topic “Gas or Charcoal” and I decided to stick with the food theme as the TR BBQ is on for tomorrow! I’m also lazily frying burgers in my house since the weather sucks outside and I’m a busy boy. However, in my family we have a specific issue that I’d like to have additional discussion on. You see, I’m a Mayonnaise guy, and it doesn’t matter on what. I’ll eat it on burgers, steak, cheese, hotdogs, fresh broccoli, cooked vegetables, on literally damn near anything. It’s amazing, especially with garlic or some hot sauce (I personally quite like the sweet flavor of scotch bonnets and make my own hot sauces from them). I’ve also made my own mayo a few times, and it’s been delicious.

 

I didn’t take this photo, but I sure wish I did

Both my mother and my mother-in-law think mayonnaise isn’t edible (my father says he can’t tell the difference between the two sauces. Dads, amirite?). They think Miracle Whip and its generic clones are where it’s at. I don’t get it, but they’re not alone. I’ve met other people who think it’s the most delicious condiment. I’ve wondered if it’s a generational thing, as Andrew F. Smith claims in his book: that Miracle whip was created to be a cheaper substitute to Mayo. If true then Miracle whip would have been far more common in the less affluent neighborhoods my family comes from than pricey French sauces.

So where do you guys sit? When you’re making a sandwich, burger, or just looking to smear some white slime on something which bottle would be found in your fridge? Are you on team SWEATSHOPKING/MAYO or Team Mothers/Miracle Whip? Do you have any excellent recipes for mayo we should all be using? Let me know!

You guys already gathering for the BBQ tomorrow chime in what you’ll be slathering tomorrow!

 

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33 Comments
    • etana
    • 2 weeks ago

    For burgers, mayo and Famous Dave’s Devil’s Spit BBQ sauce.

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    • Damien Gray
    • 2 weeks ago

    As my Latin professor taught me: “De gustibus non est disputandem.”
    Loosely translated – don’t argue about tastes. Left unsaid but acknowledged is that all taste is subjective, so arguing about it accomplishes nothing, although it is often fun. Give me spicy mustard any day ;).

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      • Sweatshopking
      • 2 weeks ago

      YEAH BUT MOTHERS-IN-LAW MAN

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      • Cuhulin
      • 2 weeks ago

      The thread is interesting, though. One does not need to argue about each others’ tastes in order to learn about them and see what people think.

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    • Cuhulin
    • 2 weeks ago

    Depends on the use here. Mayo for most sandwiches. Salad dressing for burgers if not using BBQ or ketchup.

    Miracle Whip? Never!

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      • HDcynical
      • 2 weeks ago

      I don’t mind mayo on most things (IF it’s Comeback Sauce)
      Comeback Sauce for most sandwiches, most fried foods (spuds, pickles, green tomatoes, fish, clams, oysters, shrimp, et_al) It’s a sweeter Cajun cousin to remoulades and a spicier one compared to most thousand island dressing.
      Ranch Dressing for non-fried vegetables

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    • Adampk17
    • 2 weeks ago

    Mayo! Miricle Whip is nasty Best Foods mayo is my fav, aka Hellmans at point as you head east.

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    • Ben Funk
    • 2 weeks ago

    Spicy brown mustard only, no mayo and no salad dressing for me. I don’t easy mayo based anything, and only some ranch dressing. Miracle Whip is okay, but I don’t prefer it.

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      • Sweatshopking
      • 2 weeks ago

      You’re like a clone of my daughter.

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        • Ben Funk
        • 2 weeks ago

        For a while there you were referring to both:
        a) me as your son and
        b) yourself as my dad
        so I can see where you’d think that, but no, I’m probably much older than her. LOL

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      • Mr Bill
      • 1 week ago

      I agree with Funk here. I have a large selection of spicy mustard. I don’t like either mayo or miracle whip. If I want blue cheese dressing I crumble blue cheese into vinaigrette.

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      • nanoflower
      • 1 week ago

      I like spicy brown mustard as my condiment of choice. I’m not against mayo but only end up with it on sandwiches when eating out as it’s never something I’ll put on a sandwich. Just don’t find that it adds that much to a sandwich over that spicy brown goodness. That’s true whether using Miracle Whip or standard Hellmans or even that olive oil Hellmans I tried once.

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    • crabjokeman
    • 2 weeks ago

    My parents used to do the Miracle Whip thing. I thought it smelled awful and vowed never to touch that awful stuff. And I didn’t until I started making my own meal decisions in college. We didn’t eat Burger King as a family (Hardee’s or McD’s), but that’s where I acquired the taste for mayo. I never looked back.

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    • Dreadcthulhu
    • 2 weeks ago

    So what is everyone’s favorite brand of mayo or “salad dressing”. Obviously homemade is the best, but that isn’t always practical. My favorite mass-market mayo is Duke’s brand; it doesn’t add useless sugar like the other brands do.

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      • Sweatshopking
      • 2 weeks ago

      I quite like the Seriously Good Mayo from Heinz.

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        • juzz86
        • 2 weeks ago

        Yeah, I’m with you Josh. Heinz Seriously Good is awesome.

        The garlic aioli is especially awesome on chips and chicken burgers.

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    • anotherengineer
    • 2 weeks ago

    hmmm I don’t put salad dressing on my burgers, but wraps, rice, veggies and sometimes pasta depending what I’m in the mood for, kraft roasted red pepper is usually the go to.

    Mayo is usually a no and no one else eats it or makes home made mayo in my family, and miracle whip, well it more like just add water potatoes vs. real potatoes, I guess a mayo knock-off. Mustard or bbq sauce with or without some franks is good enough for me.

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    • Wonders
    • 2 weeks ago

    Don’t really use the stuff in jars too much myself. Been using the following mayo recipe for years. It’s a good one!
    https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/mayonnaise-recipe-1951119

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      • nanoflower
      • 1 week ago

      Plus 1 for Alton Brown reference. I’ve his recipes to be a good start for just about anything. Even if you don’t agree with all of his choices he’ll give you a good basis to build off.

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    • way2strong
    • 2 weeks ago

    I voted for neither, because they didn’t consider the poll feature when they decided to butcher the site.

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    • David
    • 2 weeks ago

    You’re clearly an imposter, what with the proper grammar. Also, mayo and Miracle Whip are both vile goop. If anything sandwiches get butter, and good burgers require nothing but onions and cheese.

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    • dragonfli117
    • 2 weeks ago

    Miracle Whip Forever!!

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    • not@home
    • 2 weeks ago

    I dislike both, though I dislike Miracle Whip more. I bought some Mayo a few years ago to make some crab dip, and the rest of it has been untouched in my fridge ever since. I should probably throw that out.

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    • Yan
    • 2 weeks ago

    Well of course real mayonnaise is better than “Miracle Whip”. Who would think otherwise?

    Eat fries the Belgian way, with mayonnaise. Lekker.

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      • Sweatshopking
      • 2 weeks ago

      OH I DO EAT THEM THAT WAY

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    • the
    • 2 weeks ago

    WHY IS THIS ARTICLE NOT IN ALL CAPS?

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    • Liron
    • 2 weeks ago

    I will not turn away from a good tartar sauce, but, at the end of the day, when I have to go back to her and get that true feeling of being home, it will always be Mayonnaise.

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      • Dreadcthulhu
      • 2 weeks ago

      To be fair, Tartar sauce uses mayonnaise as its base; mayonnaise is both good on its own, and makes wonderful base for a wide variety of sauces.

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        • Mr Bill
        • 1 week ago

        Rather than tartar sauce for fishsticks, I mix ketchup and horsradish for the spiciness.

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    • Dreadcthulhu
    • 2 weeks ago

    I grew up with miracle whip (or more often the cheaper generic versions), because that is all my mother would ever buy. And I thought it was disgusting, and ended up learning to make/cook a lot of my own food to avoid the wretched stuff. And being a kid, I assumed that mayo tasted the same as “salad dressing” since it looked so similar, and avoided it like the plague. It wasn’t until I went off to college and one of my roommates who was grabbing Subways accidentally ordered mine with mayo; I ate it, and whoa and behold, it actually tasted pretty good. I used to give my mom a lot of crap for holding out on the real mayo, with her insisting that they taste the same, well at least until she got cancer and died. Anyways, yeah, firmly in the mayo camp here.

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      • JustAnEngineer
      • 2 weeks ago

      I grew up with Miracle Whip and I liked it pretty well until I encountered Hellman’s Mayonnaise (aka Best Foods west of the Rocky Mountains). I use it in moderation, but I appreciate the slight tangy flavor han it adds to a sandwich or a burger. There is definitely a noticeable difference between one brand and another.

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        • modulusshift
        • 2 weeks ago

        In Colorado just east of the Rockies, grocery stores have a shelf of Hellman’s right above a shelf of Best Foods. I was flabbergasted the first time I went down that aisle.

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    • Sweatshopking
    • 2 weeks ago

    This seems like the kind of thing Captain Ned would have a strong opinion on.

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