Boiled Dressing Time in a Mason Jar

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Boiled Dressing in Mason Jar


Old Fashioned Salad Dressing

I had not thought about Grandma’s boiled dressing in years. After my Great Grandma passed, I just don’t remember Grandma making the mason jar magic.

Sometimes when we embrace progress, we deny our heritage.

In The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Two Great American Cooks Scott Peacock relates a boiled dressing recipe favored by Edna Lewis. The first time I read it, tears literally fell on the cookbook.

Ms. Edna’s recipe is not quite the same as Grandma’s but it is close. I’ve tinkered with the recipe a few times, and I know there is something missing from the boiled dressing I remember. Something ever so subtle….maybe fresh dill. I’m still working on it.

In the Ohio River Valley, influences of German immigrants permeates the regional cooking. This dressing is similar to that used for German Potato Salad, only much creamier and more mild.

Try this on boiled or roasted vegetables , as a addition to deviled eggs, or over a big ol’ wedge of head lettuce. You won’t be disappointed.


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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.