Long ago (like about 30 years) and far away (in the Inland Empire of southern California) when I was but a wee child (in seventh grade) I had my first taste of THE most amazing dipping sauce ever. It happened on a “movie night”, a traditional fundraiser for our little parochial school, there in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains.
Movie night back then was a pretty big deal. Yes, children, this was long before we were able to watch movies on our phones or in the back of the minivan, long before the DVD vending machine and even before the VCR (or trendy Betamax) was common in every household. The movies were actually rented for several hundred dollars and were reels of film delivered in a can (or two) played back on a temperamental dinosaur sort of contraption.
On fall and winter nights we watched such film greats as The Snowball Express, Apple Dumpling Gang, and My Fair Lady (with the volume obviously turned down during the swearing parts…I feel sorry for the poor sap that had to memorize each spot.)
But the movies were never the main event. What you really came for, (besides sneaking outside with your friends) were the hand dipped (vegetarian) corndogs and the incredible dipping sauce served with them. You’ve never had anything like it. (Unless, of course, you’ve actually had it…)
After decades of yearning for this sauce my mom finally dug up the recipe for me. I haven’t been the same since. Once you try it you won’t be able to thoroughly enjoy a corndog again without it. Our current plan is to have the children make it regularly, bottle and sell it and put themselves through college.
Loma Linda Foods Sandwich RelishCirca 1983
Mix together and keep refrigerated:
- 1 quart mayonnaise
- 1 cup dill pickle relish
- 1 cup celery, chopped super fine
- 4 Tablespoons pimento, chopped fine
- 4 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine – measure after chopping.
- 3 or 4 green onions, chopped fine
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sweet basil, dried or fresh
- Turmeric for color
This is also an excellent sandwich spread or vegetable dip. But the real memories flood in when you serve it with a Morning Star Farms “classic” vegetarian corndog.
I’d tell you how long it keeps, but we usually don’t have any hanging around… Yes, it’s that good.
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