Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Russian Dressing

Not pictures of Ludmilla or any of the other beautiful Russian ladies who send me emails begging to meet me to start families and be friends. This is a blog about food, right?

Russian Dressing is the kind of recipe I like: mayonnaise with chili sauce mixed in.


"Russian" dressing seems to have originated in the USA in the early 1900s. It's speculated that it was called "Russian" because it used mayonnaise (the dressing for Russian Salad) and pickles, which was considered very Russian, and spicy red stuff, which was also considered very Russian.

You can blop in a little pickle relish, if you like, but you don't have to. If you want to get fancy, you can add chopped green peppers, parsley and onion. If you want to get really fancy, you can begin by making your own mayonnaise.

But, really, why? Just open a bottle of mayonnaise and a bottle of chili sauce and a jar of pickle relish and tell people, "You start with a good mayonnaise, thin it with chili sauce until it's of a pourable consistency, then add pickle relish a scant teaspoon at a time until it's just the way you like it. I never eat Russian Dressing out--they never mix it to suit me. It takes a very delicate touch."

Ha!

Marian Allen
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