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GREEN GODDESS DRESSING:

A fabulous homemade version from Chef Slim Oakheart.



"Green Goddess" Calla Lillies... no flowers are harmed in the production of this dressing.



Green Goddess dressing has its origins in the early 20th century, specifically in San Francisco, California. The dressing is attributed to the Palace Hotel in the city, where it was created in the 1920s by the hotel's executive chef, Philip Roemer, in honor of the hit play at the time, "The Green Goddess."


The dressing gained popularity for its vibrant green color and rich, herbaceous flavor profile. The original recipe typically included mayonnaise, sour cream, anchovies, scallions, parsley, tarragon, lemon juice, and garlic. The anchovies provided a subtle umami undertone, contributing to the distinctive taste of the dressing.


Here's a classic Green Goddess dressing recipe:


Ingredients:

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons anchovy paste (optional, for a traditional flavor)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions:

In a blender or food processor, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, chives, tarragon, basil, garlic, anchovy paste (if using), and lemon juice.


Blend the ingredients until smooth and well combined. You can adjust the consistency by adding more sour cream or mayonnaise if needed.


Taste the dressing and add salt and pepper to your liking. The anchovy paste provides a salty element, so adjust accordingly.


Once the dressing reaches your desired taste and consistency, transfer it to a bowl or jar.

Refrigerate the Green Goddess dressing for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Before serving, give the dressing a good stir. You can drizzle it over salads, use it as a dip, or as a sauce for various dishes.


Feel free to customize the recipe to suit your taste preferences. Some variations include adding a bit of Dijon mustard for extra flavor or adjusting the herbs to your liking.


Enjoy your homemade Green Goddess dressing!


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"Chef Slim Oakheart" is the nom de plume of a noteworthy public official who serves the citizenry from multiple levels of government. He is also a bon vivant extraordinaire with an unmatched passion for fabulous cookery. We are delighted to have him here!

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