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royaltine

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French Dressing
« on: August 31, 2013, 08:16:06 PM »
French Dressing
1 cup oil
1 cup ketchup
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1-2 tablespoon dried minced onions
1 tsp.  Worcestershire sauce

Whisk together well. Let set 1 hour for onions to re-hydrate.


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Re: French Dressing
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2013, 11:47:48 AM »
When I was in Navy cook's school in 1971, French dressing was the term for vinaigrette dressing. The 1963 edition of The Professional Chef says, "French dressing is a temporary emulsion of oil, acids (usually vinegar) and seasonings." It has since evolved to mean a catsup-based dressing like the one you posted. Here's the cookbook's basic recipe:

BASIC FRENCH DRESSING

1 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3 cups salad oil

Dissolve seasonings in vinegar. Combine with oil and mix vigorously. Mix well at time of service.

I like to play with the basic vinegar to oil ratio. Even though a 1:3 ratio is traditional, I usually work with a 1:2 ratio. The addition of Dijon mustard and finely minced garlic adds much more interest to the dressing. Trying different vinegars (sherry or balsamic, for instance) and oils (oil or any variety of nut oils), along with your favorite herb combination will make this a camp favorite. A touch of sugar or honey can temper the sharpness of the dressing.


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