Russian dressing recipes are a big hit all over the world. Read our guide below for more facts and information on Russian dressing recipes…
“Russian dressing” is actually an American salad dressing that was discovered during the end 1800’s or early 1900’s. The recipe has various variants and is basically a blend of ketchup with mayonnaise.
About Russian dressing
The Russian dressing is loved for its pungent flavor and it gets its name from “caviar” that was one of the ingredients of the recipe. The Russian dressing recipes found in the earlier days were quite different from those consumed nowadays as it was a lot clearer comparatively and had a dash of aspic or gelatin.
Uses of Russian dressing
This famous dressing is loved with sandwiches, boiled eggs, salads and poached eggs. The main ingredient is mayonnaise and depending on the personal preferences some lemon, whipped cream, olive oil, spices etc are added to create a distinct taste.
Thousand Island dressing
Thousand Island dressing is a variant of Russian dressing. It was well-known even in the 1900’s. Mayonnaise, onions, pickles, finely chopped vegetables, Tabasco sauce, green olives and finely chopped hard-boiled eggs are its main ingredients. The hard-boiled egg is the key ingredient that differentiates it from the conventional Russian dressing recipes. It is a preferred dressing for sandwiches and salads.
The Thousand Island dressing has an interesting tale behind it. It is believed that in the 1900’s, the recipe was originally prepared by the wife of a fishing guide for her husband. The dressing was had by an actress who loved it and wished to have the recipe and she passed it on to George Boldt, who was constructing the Boldt castle at that time. Boldt was also the proprietor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and soon got the recipe included on the hotel’s menu. And thus the glory of the recipe grew for years.
Russian dressing recipes
Take ¼ cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of vegetable oil, 3 tbsp water, ½ cup ketchup, 2-3 tsp lemon juice, ½ tsp of paprika, ½ tsp of salt, 1 ½ tsp of celery seed, ¼ cup of grated onions and 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce.
Take a saucepan and add the water and granulated sugar. Cook till they spin a single thread consistency. Let it cool. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend well while adding the syrup. Keep it to chill and use when required.
Ancient Russian dressing recipe
Take 4 tbsp mayonnaise, ½ pimento (finely chopped) and 6 chives (finely chopped) and mix well. To the mixture add 2 tbsp of chili sauce and a bit of tarragon vinegar. Add a scoop of whisked cream and whip well before serving chilled.