Ketchup Lovers: This One’s For You!

Until just recently I’d never heard of National Ketchup Day. But, yes, it’s official – today is the day.  It seems there is a day designated for just about every food and ingredient. So, what should a person do on National Ketchup Day?  Enjoy some ketchup, of course!

Whether you’re topping your favorite burger or mixing together a meatloaf, ketchup adds a tangy and sweet tomato flavor. For a clever new idea your kids will love, try these Dogs in a Sweater. Wrap a refrigerated breadsticks around hot dogs on popsicle sticks. They are portable and fun and perfect for serving with ketchup for dipping.

Dogs in a Sweater


For a new twist on an old favorite, try these skewered hot dogs wrapped with breadstick dough and baked. They’re fun to dip in ketchup, mustard or ranch dressing. The dressed-up dog recipe comes kid-tested from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

12 Servings      Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


1 tube (11 ounces) refrigerated breadsticks

12 Popsicle sticks

12 hot dogs

Ketchup, mustard and/or ranch dressing


Separate breadstick dough; roll each piece into a 15-in. rope. Insert a Popsicle stick into each hot dog lengthwise. Starting at one end, wrap dough in a spiral around hot dog; pinch ends to seal.

Place 1 in. apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes. Serve with condiments of your choice.

Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 257 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 751 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 8 g protein.

For those who want to try their hand at a homemade ketchup, here is a recipe for Rhubarb Ketchup. This creative combination of rhubarb (fresh or frozen) and tomatoes adds a new twist to this tried and true family favorite. And, the delicious flavor makes this recipe special enough for gift giving.

Rhubarb Ketchup


I received this recipe from a friend about 15 years ago. It’s a nice surprise for ketchup lovers, and so easy to prepare. The spicy flavor makes this one of the tastiest ketchups I’ve ever had!

48 Servings      Prep: 5 min. Cook: 1 hour + chilling


4 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb

3 medium onions, chopped

1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup white vinegar

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon pickling spice


In a large saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients. Place pickling spice on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose seasoning; tie securely with string. Add to saucepan. Cook 1 hour or until thickened.

Discard spice bag. Cool ketchup. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Yield: 6-7 cups.

Nutritional Facts: 2 tablespoons equals 43 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.


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