Russian and Thousand Island Dressings are often confused. The are both close in color, and are both mayonnaise based. Russian however has a spicier kick to it as the Thousand Island is sweeter. Also, Thousand Island has A bit different texture from the sweet pickle relish that is used in it.
I almost never use either of these on a salad. To me they work better as a condiment for sandwiches or burgers. Of the two, I prefer the Russian, as I have a taste for the spicier things. The best use for it in my opinion is on top of a Rueben Sandwich.
Here is the list of ingredients for the Russian Dressing. I will add in the side notes the variations needed to make Thousand Island as well.
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion plus 1/2 clove garlic minced
- 1 cup Homemade Mayo
- 1/4 cup ketchup-style chili sauce
- 4 teaspoons bottled horseradish, or to taste( for thousand island, replace this with sweet pickle relish)
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper sauce (Tabasco) (for thousand island, do not add this ingredient)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
- Fine sea salt
- Only if you are making thousand island, half of a hard boiled egg,very finely chopped
If you have a mortar and pestle, great, if not use the back of your chef’s knife to mash the onion and garlic together into a paste. In a bowl combine this paste with the mayo, chili sauce, horseradish, tabasco, Worcestershire sauce (I have as much trouble spelling that as saying it) the paprika, and sea salt to taste. Whisk everything together until smooth, and place in an airtight container. This will keep for about 2 weeks in your fridge.
Now go make yourself a Rueben and try this stuff out.
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