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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Russian Salad Dressing

I am not sure what makes this salad dressing particularly Russian...although some variations include adding a few tablespoons of caviar, which would indeed make it more Russian. Regardless of the name, or its lack of traditional Russian origins, it is a classic salad dressing that is so much better made homemade rather than using a bottled variety. Some small variations, in addition to the caviar, would be to add some chopped capers, more hot pepper, chopped pickles, olive, bell peppers or pimento, other fresh herbs, a splash of vinegar or a dash of sugar to make it more or less sweet, or some minced garlic. Some popular substitutions include shallots or a little water and granulated or powdered onion for the grated onion, sour cream for the mayonnaise, chili sauce for the ketchup, and fresh grated horseradish for the prepared. In addition to dressing salads, this dressing can be used on sandwiches, as a filling with egg yolks for deviled eggs, a sauce for seafood or fish, or used in place of mayonnaise in many recipes including chicken, ham, or egg salad. This salad dressing is better when made in advance. If using commercial mayonnaise you can make it up to a week in advance. If using homemade mayonnaise, keep for only a few days.

1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons grated onion
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
Dash cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley (optional)

Mix together the mayonnaise. ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl until smooth. Mix in the onion, horseradish, and cayenne until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate if desired. Mix before serving and add the parsley.

Makes 1 1/4 cups dressing.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

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