Head Lettuce Salad with Dressing

Spring is lettuce season! Yay! Spring! But…lettuce can get so dull. The following could be called thousand island dressing…and does resemble it. I do love the “India Relish” listed on my recipe card. If you are scratching your head–just pick the regular pickle relish from your fridge.

Head Lettuce Salad with Dressing

1 cup Miracle Whip Mayonnaise
4 Tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoons India Relish
2 hard cooked eggs

Mix well: add eggs cut in lengthwise sections. Pour over quartered heads of lettuce.

Brandy Sauce

My great-grandmother made a mean hard sauce. Not only that, many people would like to know how she does it.

Here is one recipe from her files. It may or may not be “the one” but it is tasty.

Brandy Sauce

1/4 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons brandy
2 egg yolks
2 egg whites
1/2 cup cream or milk

Cook over hot water until thickens, add beaten egg whites.

Apricot-Chutney Sauce

From the same newspaper clipping as yesterday…sounds delicious…and like a very good substitute for mango chutney.

3 17 oz cans apricots in syrup or 24 fresh apricots
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1/3 cup candied ginger
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3 whole cloves
1 whole allspice
1/3 stick cinnamon
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
salt

Drain canned apricots. (Or blanch apricots in 1 cup boiling water, then drain, peel and remove pits.) Dice apricots and set aside 1/3. Combine remaining 2/3 of apricots with raisins, ginger, vinegar, brown sugar, cloves, allspice, cinnamon and garlic in saucepan. Bring to boil, simmer 5 minutes. Puree reserved apricots and stir into mixture with almonds. Season to taste with salt. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

Horseradish Sauce

We had a conversation on Friday about how it is too bad that Arby’s doesn’t sell their Horsey Sauce at the grocery store. It is the perfect topping and dipping sauce for so many things. Yes, I know, it is full of sugar, salt and all sorts of odd chemicals.

I have been known to grate my own horseradish and do things that way. (definitely a must try, especially if you like that straight vinegar/horseradish.) However, this is a favorite of mine and was the accompaniment to every roast beef at my great-grandmother’s house and a good number at my mother’s house. Piquant, delicious and oh so perfect for chips, fries, errr I mean a nice roast beef or steak. Yes, I know the recipe written out is slightly different. Typos you know. Fortunately I have made this with both of them often enough, I don’t really need the recipe…except to remind me of the secret mustard ingredient.

Horseradish Sauce

1½ tsp horseradish
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tablespoon sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tbs cider vinegar
½ cup sour cream

Beat well.

Horseradish Recipe