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Who knew making blue cheese dressing from scratch was so easy? Quickly blitz buttermilk, sour cream, sherry vinegar and crumbly aged blue cheese in the blender and ta-da you'll have delectable homemade blue cheese dressing before your eyes. // alexandracooks.com

Ben’s friend Aaron is a very good cook, a master of tacos, chicken parmesan and steak frites, in fact. Unfortunately for all of us, he’s a little possessive over his recipes. And he’s a tease, too. Often he’ll email me beautifully composed photos of his culinary creations, always threatening, however, that if I dare use his content without permission, legal action might be pursued.

So I’ve learned not to ask. Sort of learned. There was just one recipe I had to have.

On a humid Minnesota evening last summer, Aaron served a tangy, creamy blue cheese dressing over a crisp romaine salad aside grilled steaks, warm bread, Ore-Ida french fries, and corn on the cob. It was a memorable meal. Every bite. The blue cheese dressing, however, left an indelible imprint.

Sure, I could have scoured the blogosphere or checked out some of my favorite cookbooks for any old blue cheese dressing recipe, but that’s exactly what I feared — making any old blue cheese dressing. It would never match up. There was something special about Aaron’s recipe, and I made it my mission to find out.

After a wee bit of pleading and a year of subtle hinting, I learned that Aaron’s recipe is loosely based off Sally Schneider’s Roquefort Blue Cheese Dressing in her cookbook A New Way to Cook.

Aha. Sally Schneider. I should have known. Schneider is never without a trick or two up her sleeve. Her arsenal of reliable recipes has made her one of my favorite cookbook authors as well.

This recipe is surprisingly light — made with buttermilk and reduced-fat sour cream — as far as creamy dressings go, and the addition of sherry vinegar gives it the perfect bite. I served it just as Aaron did, over a simple romaine salad with a few halved cherry tomatoes, but I imagine this dressing would be a lovely accompaniment to the usual suspects: buffalo wings, celery sticks, pizza, etc.

Blue Cheese Dressing ingredients
Blue Cheese Dressing ingredients in blender
Who knew making blue cheese dressing from scratch was so easy? Quickly blitz buttermilk, sour cream, sherry vinegar and crumbly aged blue cheese in the blender and ta-da you'll have delectable homemade blue cheese dressing before your eyes. // alexandracooks.com
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Blue Cheese Dressing


Description

Adapted from Sally Schneider’s A New Way To Cook


Ingredients

  • 4 oz. blue cheese, such as Roquefort, Maytag Blue, Saga Blue — whatever you like
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. olive oil or walnut oil (Schneider recommends)
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste. Add more salt and pepper if desired.