Mississippi Comeback Sauce

Comeback sauce is a classic Southern sauce that originated in Jackson, Mississippi, where it was the house dressing served at the Greek restaurant, The Rotisserie. Today you’ll find it on many Mississippi restaurant menus. The name comes from the tradition in Mississippi that any time you leave a place, people don’t say “goodbye” or “see you later,” they say “Y’all come back.” So I’m betting this sauce was made to seal the deal. It worked!

This Mississippi creation is a tasty, versatile Southern-style sauce, and it is similar in flavor to a Louisiana remoulade or thousand island salad dressing. Serve the sauce with fried seafood, as a salad dressing or dip, or as a spread for sandwiches. It’s good for dipping French fries or chips. Note that the chili sauce used in the recipe is a condiment similar to ketchup, not to be confused with Asian chili paste. It’s found near the ketchup in most grocery stores.

Try to make this sauce a day ahead of time and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor. For a thinner dressing, add more vegetable oil. See the tips and variations for a few possible substitutions and flavor ideas.

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