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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thousand Island Dressing (for Reubens)

The hubs had a craving for Reuben's and my go to sammie is Rachel's (you substitute turkey for the corn-beef or pastrami). So when I was getting the stuff together for the sammie's I had a thought...yea yea...for you smart tushies out there, that may not happen to often, but I do get them once in a while. I wanted to try my hand at making my own Thousand Island Dressing. I took a look at "famous" Thousand Island dressings that you can buy in the stores to see what the ingredients were and they seemed simple enough. So I gathered my ingredients. I spiced it up a bit and the end result I thought was fantastic. BUT, I would throw this out there. Make it the day before!!!! It was great when we used it, but it only had about an hour for the flavors to meld together. The day after, we had a bit leftover, I took a piece of raw cauliflower and dunked...MMM MMM it was fantastic!!! So, we pulled out the Cuisinart Griddler and got to work!! Here is my dressing!

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp dill relish
2 tbsp sweet relish
1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients together and let sit for at least an hour, preferably over night. The dill relish and fresh dill is where I spiced it up a bit. The result was just a hint of dill and it was fantastic.

For the sandwiches, gather the usual ingredients. Corn-beef or pastrami (your choice, mine is turkey), Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, your homemade dressing, and rye bread. Begin layering. Cook on your griddle till brown and toasty! Serve and enjoy.