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Oscar Mayer Sandwich Spread

From: Sonia 
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 6:49 PM
Subject: sandwich spread

Hi..Uncle Phaedrus

years ago Oscar Mayer used to make a "sandwich spread" that came in 
a  plastic tube, 
it was always where the lunch meats and hot dogs were..
I do not believe they make it any more

I have been looking for a recipe or a copycat recipe but just can not find one
if you could help. I would be forever in your debt..



Hi Sonia,

Sorry, I had no success finding a recipe or a copycat recipe for Oscar Meyer Sandwich Spread, Neither has anyone else, apparently. There is a lot of discussion about it here: Chowhound

I did find a list of ingredients here, so perhaps you can make your own copycat: Shopwell

Oscar Mayer Sandwich Spread

Ingredients: Bologna Made with Chicken and Pork (Mechanically Separated Chicken, Pork, Water, Corn Syrup, Contains Less Than 2% Salt, Sodium Lactate, Flavor, Sodium Phosphates, Autolyzed Yeast, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Nitrite, Dextrose, Extractives of Paprika, Potassium Phosphate, Sugar, Potassium Chloride), Sweet Pickles (Cucumbers, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Vinegar, Salt, Contains Less than 2% of Water, Xanthan Gum, Spices, Turmeric, Alum, Polysorbate 80), Water, Corn Syrup, Mayonnaise [Soybean Oil, Eggs, Vinegar, Water, Salt, Egg Yolks, Sugar, Calcium Disodium EDTA (to Protect Flavor), Dried Garlic, Dried Onions, Natural Flavor], Distilled Vinegar, Modified Corn Starch, Dried Red Bell Peppers, Salt, Dried Onions.

Let’s simplify that ingredient list a bit by not listing the ingredients in the bologna, the sweet pickles, and the mayonnaise, which are ingredients that we don't want to make from scratch. That leaves:

Bologna, sweet pickles, water, corn syrup, mayonnaise, vinegar, corn starch, dried red bell peppers, salt, and dried onions.

It doesn’t seem so complicated that way, does it? Below is a recipe that is the most similar that I found. Adjusting it with the Oscar Meyer ingredients:
Use Oscar Mayer bologna, sweet pickles, Hellman’s mayonnaise (Not Miracle Whip.), vinegar, red bell pepper, salt, and onion. Try it with fresh bell pepper and onion first. I’d leave off the corn syrup and corn starch at first. If it doesn’t taste sweet enough, you can add a little corn syrup or sugar. If it needs thickening, you can add a little corn starch. Add the vinegar to taste.

You’ll have to play by ear on the amounts. Adjust to taste. Let me know how it turns out, and if it’s really close to the Oscar Mayer product, send me the final recipe that you use.


Bologna Sandwich Spread

1 lb.  bologna
2 sweet pickles
1/2 onion
Mayonnaise to taste

Grind bologna, pickles, and onion.  Add mayonnaise; mix well.  
Re: Copy cat Oscar Meyer Sandwich Spread
From: Gayle
Date: 1/2/2022, 9:39 AM

On 1/1/2022 12:13 PM, Gayle wrote:

Hi Phaed,

I played around with the ingredients that you posted for Oscar Meyer 
sandwich spread.
I actually used all of them, here is the recipe I came up with. 
By the way, it tastes very close to the original spread.

3/4 lb. Ring bologna, casing removed. Cut into pieces and rough chop 
           in the food processor.
2 1/2 Tbl. Sweet relish
2 tsp. Dehydrated minced onion
1 Tbl. Cider vinegar
1/4 c. Mayonnaise
2 tsp. Corn syrup

Add all ingredients to the bologna,  pulse and or on low until proper 

Thank you for the ingredients.
Have a wonderful New Year!

Hi Gayle,

Thank you for sending this! I will post it.


Bennigan's Island Spice Dressing

From: Lynne 
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 9:59 AM
Subject: Bennigan's House island spice salad dressing recipe

Hello, I hope you are still researching recipes! I have been looking for this one for years. 
I worked at Bennigan’s back in the early to mid 1990s, before Internet happened. They 
used to have a master cook book (I wish I would have copied recipes!) that had all the 
secrets. Do you think I could track one down? You’d think I could. But no. I have been 
looking for the Bennigan’s House Island Spice salad dressing recipe. That is exactly 
what it was called to the best of my recollection. In looking online, you will probably 
see various questions (from me) for it, but I have never found it, nor anything similar. 
It was similar to Thousand Island, but creamier and sweeter. It was delicious. 

Thank you, 


PS, I can’t wait to review your site more completely! I am at work, so I can’t exactly surf 
for a long time, but I just found your site and wanted to send a quick email. 

Hi Lynne,

With one exception, I can’t find even a mention of this dressing other than your requests for it. That one exception is in an ad for a cookbook that is or was offered via E-Bay Canada. It’s for the 1989 edition of Bennigan's "Escape From the Everyday Cookbook.“ The E-Bay Canada ad for this cookbook lists one of the recipes therein as being “Island Spice Cream Dressing.” You can see the ad here: Bennigan's Cookbook

This cookbook is available from Amazon for $16.87 used. See: Bennigan's Escape from the Everyday Cookbook

There are also a couple of copies available on E-Bay, but the Amazon used copies are the most reasonably priced. See:

Bennigan's Cookbook on E-Bay


Wow, I thought I was good at Internet research, but I am in awe right now! 

Thank you thank you thank you! 

I have a copy of the Bennigan's Escape From the Everyday cookbook, 1989.
Here is the Island Spice Cream Dream Dressing recipe from that book.

Bennigan's Island Spice Cream Dressing
Makes one cup

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/8 cup Bennigan's BBQ sauce
1/8 cup honey
pinch black pepper
pinch white pepper
pinch crushed red pepper

Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix throughly with a wire whisk
Refrigerate until needed.

Note: The BBQ sauce was apparently a purchased item.



Hi Phaed, thank you very much! I did end up purchasing the book, I had to go back and 
find another one though because the original one I bought, the company couldn’t find! 
The whole cookbook is a goldmine and I can’t wait for cooler weather so I can begin 
trying out the recipes! Bennigans used to have a great chicken quesadilla that I was 
hoping would be in there but it’s not. It was probably canned sauce anyway, but that 
made the quesadilla. I so appreciate you sending this! I love your site. Very useful. 

And, I did try making the dressing with regular bbq sauce and it is pretty close to perfection, 
I must say. :-D 

Farmer's Cheese

From: Julie 
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:45 PM
Subject: Farmers Cheese

Dear Phaedrus,

Is it possible to use bottled reconstituted lemon juice instead of fresh when making 
Farmers Cheese at home? Advice appreciated!



Hi Julie,

Yes, or you can use vinegar. It’s the acidity that matters. That’s what curdles the milk.

This recipe explains how much lemon juice to add:

Homemade Farmer Cheese

These use vinegar:

Farm Cheese

How to Make Farmer's Cheese

Farmer's Cheese