Which Mayonnaise-Heavy Condiment is Called ‘American Sauce’ in Germany?
In Germany, the American penchant for mayonnaise apparently precedes us, as the sauce that you might recognize as Thousand Island dressing is sold as “American Sauce” in Deutschland.
This discovery was originally made by Redditor sofiasofiasofialove, who shared a photo of the sauce, complete with a label featuring a very patriotic, flag-carrying sandwich, on a store shelf.
As one commenter points out, “American” flavor most often denotes ranch dressing, so it’s nice to see that our overseas reputation is getting more complex.
Incidentally, Thousand Island dressing is actually at least partially Canadian in origin. According to The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, “The name presumably comes from the Thousand Islands between the United States and Canada in the St. Lawrence River.” It might, therefore, be more accurate to call it “North American Sauce.” It remains unclear whether it was an American citizen or a Canadian who actually created the dressing.