It’s just that there are so very many varieties, and they’re all called ‘French’ – tho’ mebbe not by the actual French.
Truth be known, I don’t recall if the ad was for a certain brand of tomato sauce or a certain salad/cooking oil; what interested me was the ingredient list (kinda edgy for the day, I’d think) and the relatively low amount of sugar called for. In fact, when I made this dressing, I went back and added an extra tablespoon of sugar to the blender after tasting; not at all a usual thing for me to do with a salad dressing recipe, where I tend to begin by slashing the sugar called for in half and find that I don’t miss the excess.
Aside from the amount of sugar, I also updated the method for putting the dressing together. The original called for whisking everything together energetically in a large bowl and then transferring to a cruet or covered jar. How much easier, really, to just pulse everything but the oil together in a blender until smooth and then stream the oil in slowly until emulsified?
Very easy, as it happens.
And a very nice addition to my French dressing repertoire; similar in color and flavor to that bright orange stuff from the market; but compare those ingredients to these.
•1 clove garlic
•3 tbsp sugar
•1 tsp dry mustard
•1 tsp salt
•8 oz can tomato sauce (about 1 cup)
•1/4 cup salad (or cider) vinegar
•1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
•1/2 tsp hot sauce
•1/2 cup veggie oil
Add the garlic, sugar (the original recipe called for two tablespoons, you can start with that, if you like), dry mustard, and salt to a blender jar, then add the tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire, and hot sauces on top.
Cover and pulse until the garlic is finely chopped and everything is well blended.
Transfer to a cruet or other lidded jar and stash in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to allow the flavors to blend.
I am loving it! As nice on a simple salad of chopped Romaine with Persian cucumbers, Feta cheese, and peperoncini as it is drizzled over some greens layered on top of lemon and Feta dip spread on a piece of flat bread or a tortilla.
Sometimes, it is very good to look back…