A Salad Dressing Fit for Gangsters


You may have heard of these guys: the Purple Gang. They were mobsters who ruled Detroit in the 1930s, and their favorite hangout was a place called the Cream of Michigan on Twelfth Street.

I am crazy in love with the idea of experiencing things exactly as they were, especially when it comes to food. So I’ll be posting a lot of recipes that were favorites of famous (and, obviously) infamous people from the past and present.

Awhile back I managed to get a copy of a recipe that actually came from the Cream of Michigan, so without a doubt at least some of the Purples were enjoying this on their salads. Please use caution when eating, though, as it does contain raw eggs – and it makes quite a lot of salad dressing! (All that’s here is the ingredients, by the by; there are no specific directions, so just mix it all together.)

French Dressing

1 quart oil
2 whole eggs
1 pint vinegar
1 cup water and 1 tsp. cornstarch (boil together)
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup paprika
pinch of celery salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. sugar


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