Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

Marie Rose Sauce Recipe

Fresh shrimp with marie rose sauceTudor warship Marie Rose sank off the coast of England on July 19, 1545. The tragedy took the lives of nearly all its crewmen. In the 1980s the ship was salvaged, after an expedition was planned a decade earlier, and is now displayed at a museum located in Portsmouth. People probably wouldn’t relate a sinking warship with a delicious and well balanced sauce but Marie Rose sauce wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the famous ship. The British Navy are responsible for retrieving the warship and during that retrieval a Royal Navy chef was on hand to make food for the naval workers. When the chef discovered that he did not have sauce for the prawns he made for dinner one evening he created a sauce by combining mayonnaise, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and salt. The chef called it Marie Rose sauce which is also known as Thousand Island dressing today. The sauce was palate pleasing, word spread throughout Britain as well as the United Kingdom and then made its way to the United States.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
Britain Easy
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
5 minutes 0 minutes
Yields: 2 cups, good for 4-8 servings depending on use

Thousand Island Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise, full fat or low fat
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

How to Make Thousand Island Dressing?

Thousand Island Dressing Recipe – Step by Step Instructions:

1. Add the mayonnaise to a bowl along with the ketchup.
2. Stir.
3. Add the Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Stir until well mixed.
4. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
5. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container prior to chilling in the fridge.

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Ideas to Use – Prawns in Thousand Island

Traditionally Marie Rose sauce is served with shrimp. You simply toss the shrimp in the sauce until well coated, eat and enjoy. You can even put the dressing in a cocktail glass, place shrimp around the rim and serve. In fact, the sauce is great for dipping various foods in. You can make a batch and serve it alongside a crudité platter, dip fried fish into the sauce as well as fried chicken or go with fries. Marie Rose sauce also tastes amazing on burgers since it adds good tang. Just spread it on a toasted bun and you just elevated your burger! In addition to the options mentioned, Thousand Island dressing goes quite well with salad and potato salad. Just add a dollop of the sauce to a salad, toss and serve. Thousand Island sauce and deviled eggs is another must try pairing.

Avocado topped with prawns in a marie rose sauce

Avocado topped with prawns in a marie rose sauce

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing is fit for:

Low carb diets.

The Thousand Island Dressing Recipe provided tastes great but you can really have fun with the sauce. The basics are mayonnaise, ketchup and Worcestershire which means you’re free to add any other ingredients. Some like to add a bit of brandy to achieve a stronger more complex flavor while others prefer to add heat in the form of hot sauce, cayenne or paprika. Fresh herbs are also nice. Those that have additional time can even go as far as making their own ketchup and mayonnaise to have complete control over the flavor.

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Category: Salad dressings

Origin: Britain, Europe

Diets: Low carb diet

Meals: Chicken, Fish, French fries, Shrimp, Vegetables

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