Friday, March 19, 2010

Not-So-Sinful-in-Small-Quantities Blue Cheese Dressing

Here's an exceptional recipe for Blue Cheese Dressing that would go very well on a plate of mixed salad greens, red grapes and a nice, hearty hunk of bread on the side.

1/2 cup crumbled aged blue cheese (2 ounces)
1/3 cup buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon sherry vinegar
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 teaspoon roasted walnut oil, optional
Freshly ground black pepper

This very simple recipe requires a food processor, but only takes 5 minutes to make! The only challenge here is getting the ingredients on your shopping list: buttermilk, sour cream, sherry vinegar, walnut oil (optional) and a high quality blue cheese like Roquefert, a Fourme d'Ambert or a Maytag Blue. But once you try this, you'll be keeping a jar of this in your refrigerator on a regular basis!

It's well known that Blue Cheese Dressing goes well with deep fried zucchini, Buffalo wings and celery sticks. But there are other ways you could use Blue Cheese Dressing:
  • On a sandwich instead of mayonnaise or butter. Try this decadent addition on a Roast Beef  or a Roasted Vegetable Sandwich with peppers, eggplant and onions... or, a Raw Veggie Sandwich with sliced cucumbers, bean sprouts and thinly sliced purple onion.
  • As a sauce for your steak or beef entree
  • As a dipping sauce for your crudites.  If you're like me, sometimes I'm simply too lazy to cook vegetables-- instead, I wash them and just eat them raw! Having this Blue Cheese Dressing always in the ready in a jar in the fridge makes a lazy way of eating, something to really look forward to!
  • Drizzled over baked Butternut squash. Really, any squash because of its mild flavors would work well with Blue Cheese Dressing. When you use a high quality cheese and superb ingredients, it doesn't take much to add tremendous flavor to your dish.
Also a fellow blogger, Have Faith, is giving away a food processor! If you'd like to enter, go here. (For original article and full instructions, go here.) 

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