Saturday, December 5, 2015

Retro - Cream Salad Dressing

I scored some awesome organic produce last week as part of an organic food coop, and part of my haul was a Butter Lettuce.    See it?  All the way to the top, of the picture that is.
Fresh Produce

I knew I wanted to treat this with respect and kindness, cause Butter Lettuce is soft and gentle.  I wanted something that high-lighted the taste, but didn't overpower it.

Butter Lettuce
But this post is about the dressing.   My sister in law introduced me to this many years ago, and I was intrigued.  It was creamy, slightly sweet and totally awesome.   I don't know if she added vinegar, but I thought it needed just a little oomph when I tasted it.  I used some Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar for one salad and some Gravenstein Apple White Balsamic Vinegar for the other salad.
Gravenstein Apple Balsamic Vinegar
OMG it was good.

Just three ingredients, all of which you can probably pronounce.  Nothing fancy here.  

Heavy cream or whipping cream
Rice Wine Vinegar or another mild flavoured vinegar.

That's it.

To dress one salad

Recipe: Cream Dressing

3 tablespoons Heavy Cream
1/2 tsp. Sugar
2 tsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
2 tsp.Gravenstein Apple White Balsamic Vinegar

Whisk together the cream, sugar and vinegar until slightly thickened.  Taste and add a touch more vinegar or sugar if you like.  There is this chemical reaction that happens when you add vinegar or acid to cream.  It thickens it, sometimes a lot.   Just wanted you to know that.  Cause this will get lovely and thick.
Cream Dressing
Pour over well washed and dried Butter Lettuce (or other soft lettuce).  And I want to reiterate, well washed and dried.  Cause if you don't, it can get a little, umm, gritty.  I've done that before.
Cream Salad Dressing over Butter Lettuce
I know I could have added some sliced apple to my salad and in fact I did with the second salad I made. 
Cream Salad Dressing over Butter Lettuce
 See how lovely and thick it is?  Doesn't even drip down the side of the pretty little bowl I had it in.
Cream Salad Dressing over Butter Lettuce
and it is 'Dip Worthy' as well. 
Cream Salad Dressing over Butter Lettuce

Cream Salad Dressing over Butter Lettuce and Apple
With the apple added.  I had a lovely Honey Crisp apple in the fridge and it tasted so good with the lettuce and that lovely dressing.  .

I would have licked the bowl when I was finished,  but that would have been downright rude.

Unless of course no one was watching...

Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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