I’m staying with my in-laws for a couple of weeks way up in the Lakes Country of Minnesota, posting may be sporadic over the next couple of weeks as my internet connection is tenuous at best. At least I’m getting a break from sweating, right?
My friend Heidi was recently lamenting that there is no Western Dressing to be found in the state of South Carolina, except for the occasional overpriced bottle in the fancy supermarket. This morning, I was perusing my mother-in-law’s cookbook collection and in a community cookbook, The Kugler Cookbook, I stumbled upon these two recipes1. I hope they at least give Heidi a good starting point in her search for authentic western dressing.
Western Dressing 1
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 TBSP minced -very finely chopped- onion
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup salad oil -extra light olive oil would work
- 1/2 tsp crushed celery seed -optional
Mix together all ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for ten minutes. Cool before serving.
Darlene Bauman Lee, Granddaughter of Tillie Shol
Western Dressing 2
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- 1 chopped onion
- 1/3 tsp celery seed
- 1 (12oz) bottle chili sauce -this is found near the ketchup
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
Blend well in a food processor. Refrigerate.
Sharon Swanson, Granddaughter of John
1 For those concerned about copyright: in the US a list of ingredients and basic directions are not copyrightable, on the other hand collections of recipes, photographs, and narratives are. I have saved the ordering information for anyone interested in buying their own copy of The Kugler Cookbook. I’m not an affiliate, I just happened upon this neat old cookbook full of authentic and very Minnesotan recipes.