Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing for a Reuben

I went grocery shopping for our two week supply of food after Church today. The old adage about not going grocery shopping while hungry because you'll by more food than necessary is why we've got food for two weeks. Any who, I got home and realized that I had all the delicious ingredients to make a Reuben -- save the "Russian Dressing" (i.e. Thousand Island).

So I looked up two different recipes, and as usual since I either didn't have this item or that, or perhaps not enough - I improvised. I inherited from my mother a discriminating tongue so it was without question that I knew at least 3 of the ingredients in Thousand Island Dressing off the top of my head. Mayo. Ketchup. Sweet Relish. Thankfully I had all of those excepting that I didn't have the appropriate amounts. Some recipes called for eggs, and onions, and celery. One called for chili sauce - and another for olives. So I picked and chose from the more appealing ingredients and this is what I came up with.

1/4 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup sweet relish
1/3 cup whole olives (w/ brine)
3 pinches of salt
2 tbsp tiger sauce (sweet chili sauce)
3 pinches of pepper
3 pinches of garlic powder/salt

I used whole green olives which meant I had to crack them. After that I chopped them up. Once this was done, I combined all the materials in a bowl and stirred well. Voila instantly I had a delicious tasting "Russian Dressing" which was perfect for Reubens.

And if you don't know how to make a Reuben then put some pastrami and Swiss cheese on Jewish rye bread toast it till the cheese gets good and melted. Warm up some sauerkraut on the stove or in a microwave - be careful as the kraut will give off it's pickling juices and you want them to stay full but warm. Put the kraut on the sandwich and smear some of your homemade Russian Dressing on it and there you go, you've got a Reuben.

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Anonymous said...

I think I just drooled on my shirt... whoops! :D

Mattheus Mei said...

better grab a napkin