Saturday, March 9, 2013

Getting the Basics Right...Steak House Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

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A couple of days ago, my friend Reggie Darling wrote a post about one of his favorite steakhouses on the East Side of Manhattan called  Donahue's Steak House.  Although I have never eaten there,  what immediately caught my eye were not the steaks but the iceberg salad with blue cheese dressing, something that I have always adored but never been able to master.  Yes, I admit, my blue cheese dressing sucks!

Notwithstanding, today I determined to change all that and proceeded to investigate the world of blue cheese dressing.  Finally, I think I have come up with  something that even I would think is pretty close to what you would find in one of the best chop houses in New York. I am over the moon; for a good blue cheese dressing is one of my favorite things on earth.

It's so easy to make your own blue cheese dressing.    Not only is it much cheaper, you can also choose which great blue cheeses to use like  Gorgonzola or Roquefort. Whether for a green salad, or a plate of Buffalo chicken wings, this blue cheese dressing is a winner. I used Roquefort and I urge you to do the same.  Sprinkle some extra cheese at the end if you like.

Makes 3 Cups Blue Cheese Dressing


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled fine (I used Roquefort)


Whisk together all the ingredients except for the blue cheese. Once mixed, stir in the crumbled blue cheese; cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours before service. Overnight is even better. Taste for and adjust seasoning with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

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  1. Ina Garten has a spot on best-I -have-ever-eaten blue cheese dressing recipe..try it.

    1. Andrew,

      I looked at her recipe and passed because of the tarragon. On your recommendation I will definitely try it next. Thank you.

  2. This is precisely what I love about Lindaraxa food blog--addressing the
    basics, recipes that most of us are too lazy to investigate or too proud to admit ignorance of. Bleu cheese dressing is something that never seems
    to come off in a home kitchen, so I never give it a thought until the actors
    on Mad Men order a Wedge of Iceberg with Roquefort Dressing--and
    then begins to make sense as a sort of "period" reference, so very 1965.

    1. Well, Toby, as you well know sometimes getting the basics right is not that easy. I'm on my second day of Blue Cheese dressing salads. Luckily last night we had guests for dinner and they made a big dent. I hate to put this down on Lindaraxa but you know who has a great one? OUTBACK! If you have one nearby go in and order if only for the wedge. They drizzle balsamic on the plate and the combo is to die for...

      Can't wait for Mad Men!

  3. I too LOVE a good Blue Cheese Dressing and I never make it. I don't think I have seen Ina's recipe but I do like tarragon and grow it. I will definitely be making your recipe. Now off to make my copy. Thanks for sharaing.

    Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook


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