Friday, 20 July 2018

Foodie Friday - Thousand Island Dressing

I like Thousand Island Dressing.  I hadn't wondered before now how this dressing got its name.  If I had to guess I would have said from the Caribbean or the Pacific.  But no, this is an American creation.

Most pundits agree that it is named after an area called Thousand Islands – and there are heaps (1864) of little islands on the Canada US border in the St Lawrence River.  I had never heard of this area before.

The Dressing has a number of different variations but I found a traditional recipe for it.

Time 20 minutes plus chilling time ( which I didn’t think was particularly necessary.)  Yields 16 servings for the entire recipe, 8 for the half recipe, which follows at the end of the instructions.

                     3 eggs
                       1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
                      1 tablespoon white sugar
                      1/4 cup white vinegar
                      1 pinch ground cloves
                      1 quart mayonnaise
                      3/4 cup sweet pickle relish
                      1/2 cup chopped black olives
                      1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

    1.    Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.

          2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the chopped eggs, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, vinegar, cloves, mayonnaise, relish, olives and red pepper until evenly blended. Chill and serve spooned over fresh greens. Store in the refrigerator.

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