MACKUS RED FOX HOUSE DRESSING
By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – The Best of the Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 30). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).
This is one of those unique combinations of ingredients that has been copied by other restaurants under various names. Some places used celery seed and others used poppy seed, but the basic idea was for a cornstarch thickening in a cooked pudding-like mixture that’s cooled and seasoned.
1 cup water
1/3 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
5 tablespoons sugar
1 envelope Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix
Put it all in a blender, blending thoroughly until smooth. Transfer mixture to a sauce pan on medium heat, stirring until it comes to a boil and begins to thicken, resembling a pudding. Remove from heat as soon as you see the first bubble of a boil surface. Cool and refrigerate several hours before using to allow it to stabilize. Makes about 1 3/4-cups.