A simple mixture of flour, water, eggs, and mustard make up this old-fashioned "boiled" dressing. The dressing is actually not boiled; it is quickly cooked over boiling water.
It's a good choice for a vegetable or main dish salad, or use it in chicken salad, tuna salad, or slaw.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/8 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 egg yolks, beaten
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream
- Set the bottom of a double boiler with about an inch of water over medium heat and bring to a boil.
- While the water heats, sift the dry mustard, sugar, salt, flour into the top of a double boiler or into a stainless steel bowl which can be placed over the boiling water. Add the pepper.
- Gradually pour the cold water into the dry mixture while whisking constantly. When the mixture is well blended, whisk in the beaten egg yolks and vinegar.
- Place the pan or bowl over the boiling water and cook, whisking, until the mixture is thickened. This takes just a few minutes.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter until melted and well combined. Whisk in the heavy cream until you have the correct consistency for your salad.
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