Thursday, August 27, 2009

Foolproof Vinaigrette

Sorry for not posting recipes on a more regular basis lately. I've been sick plus we've had a few things going on with the family that we have been working on. On to more important things, another wonderful salad dressing. As most know I no longer buy salad dressing at the store as I much prefer the taste of a homemade dressing. Plus as an added bonus you can customize almost all dressings you make at home into a flavor you really like. My husband loves vinaigrette dressings while I do not. My dislike of the vinaigrette's is because they seem oily and bitter tasting. Well this one is neither. I am in love with this dressing and can't wait to mix some other variations into this dressing.

Foolproof Vinaigrette
adapted slightly from Cook's illustrated Sept/Oct 2009

1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons very finely minced shallot
1/2 teaspoon regular or light mayo
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Combine vinegar, shallot, mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, and sugar in small bowl. Whisk until mixture is milky in appearance and no lumps of mayo remain.

Place oil in small measuring cup so that it is easy to pour. Whisking constantly, very slowly drizzle oil into vinegar mixture. If pools of oil are gathering on the surface as you whisk, stop addition of oil and whisk mixture well to combine, then resume whisking in oil in slow stream. Vinaigrette should be glossy and lightly thickened, with no pools of oil on its surface.

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