Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

*Originally posted January 7, 2013

I live by the immortal words of Michael Pollan- you can eat as much junk food as you want as long as you make it yourself (or something like that.) No football game is complete without buffalo wings, and no buffalo wings are complete without blue cheese dressing.  Homemade blue cheese dressing is heaven sent. This recipe comes from my brother via “Cooks Illustrated.” The notes are from my brother.

  • 2 1/2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons of buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and ground pepper

Mash the blue cheese and buttermilk in a small bowl with a fork until the mixture resembles cottage cheese with small curds. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes: Stick to straight mayonnaise (e.g. Hellman’s) if you can — or even better, make your own. You can also substitute whole milk for buttermilk in a pinch, though it won’t be quite as good (and will obviously be a bit thinner).

If you’re actually using this as a dressing, you’ll want to season it pretty aggressively with salt and pepper (since it will be dispersed over a wider area). Works best with romaine and curly leaf lettuce. It will provide a religious experience if served with Buffalo wings.

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