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Copycat (Good Seasons) Italian Salad Dressing
"Here's the answer to a cook's prayer. We usedseasonings similar to those listed on anItalian Salad Dressing seasoning packet. Butwe omitted the thickener (it is not practicalfor non-commercial use) and the preservative;both are un-necessary in our version. Ourtasters gave our Copycat Italian Salad Dressinga high rating. Hope it suits your family. - C.B." Associated Press Food Editor
1 tbsp instant minced onion (dehydrated onion flakes)1 tbsp instant miced garlic (granulated garlic)2 1/4 tsp salt1 tsp sugar1/2 tsp dehydrated sweet (bell) pepper flakes, see note1/4 tsp coarse ground black pepper1/4 tsp dry mustard1/4 tsp monosodium glutamate, if desired1/8 tsp paprika1/16 tsp celery seed
1/4 cup cider vinegar2 tbsp water2/3 cup salad oil
In an electric blender, whirl togetherthe onion, garlic, salt, sugar, pepper flakes,black pepper, mustard, monosodium glutimate,paprika and celery seed until in fine particles.
Into a screwtop jar (large enough to leaveplenty of room for shaking) pour the vinegar,water and seasoning mixture; shake well;add oil; shake well.
Store in the refrigerator; shake thoroughly beforeusing.
Makes 1 cup
Note: The dehydrated sweet pepper flakes calledfor come in jars and cans. These flakes,from green bell peppers - perhaps intermingledwith a few flakes from red bell peppers - aremost widely available. (such as Penzeys.com)
However, dehydrated flakes from red bellpeppers alone are in some markets. Either thegreen or red flakes may be used in the above recipe.
Source: Cecily Brownstone, A.P. Food Editor;The Lewiston, ID - Journal newspaper, Nov 1, 1980
Old cooking measurements: drop, pinch, dash, dessert-spoonful, salt-spoonful, size of a walnut, size of an egg, teacupful, coffee-cupful, wine-glassful, tumblerful, Handful.
Thanks for this...always looking for a good Homemade version of anything. I'll make it without the MSG though! I love my recipe for Homemade Ranch and I use it often as we can't get Ranch dressing over here...only yogurt dressing...and it's just not the same.
I have a very difficult time deciphering the line between boredom and hunger.
Shannon - would you share your recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing? I prefer homemade dressings vs. store-bought as well. Thanks.
Another fan of Freshly made dressings ~ Thanks for sharing the recipe. Nice to mmet you Antilope.
I was going to ask the the Ranch dressing as well. Thanks in advance Shannon ~ Janie
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