I've got a tried and proven bad ass corned beef recipe and am looking for a very traditional Russian Dressing recipe for a sandwich. I know historically Russian Dressing was made w sour cream and caviar. Need to keep it on the affordable side for my menu. Any suggestions welcomed.
I just ran across another Russian- Thousand Island Dressing debate in the ChowHound archives you might take a look at. Reuben sandwich fans of all stripes weighed in. "Reubens Complaint" thread, originally posted July 4, 2009 with latest update August 1, 2009. I think there is a Russian Dressing recipe down the thread a-ways, but it does not have caviar or sour cream.
Well, there is this written by Craig Claborne:
and his recipe:
An old thread was started in 2010, but folks have added to it as recently as Spring of 2012, "Russian vs. Thousand Island dressing [moved from Home Cooking]" You might find some of it interesting. But you know how Chowhounds can dig in their heels about certain ingredients being authentic and others being entirely forbidden- the debate is all there.
A recipe I have used for Russian Dressing comes from a 1950s cookbook called The Supermarket Cookbook- simple:
1/2 Cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup chili sauce, 1 Tablespoon chopped green pepper 1Tablespoon of chopped onion or chives. Done!
(I hope you don't insist it had to have sour cream and caviar)
Russian Dressing was a common dressing in the 1950s, then kind of disappeared, so I like the idea of pulling a simple recipe from a cookbook from back-in-the-day. "Ken's" has the only bottled Russian dressing in the supermarket that I know of. Its a lot easier to find in the stores than it used to be.