The simple pleasures are often the best.
A hunk of Iceberg lettuce, a few sliced tomatoes, a handful of crispy, smoky, chopped bacon and a drizzle of homemade bleu cheese dressing is on my mind right now because that’s my most recent creation.
I make all my salad dressings from scratch and my favorite (narrowly beating Ranch-which is the official dressing of the great state of Texas) is Bleu cheese.
It’s not a laborious recipe but you can’t hold that against it. Every now and again a simple, quick formula can be used to great effect in the kitchen.
This is one of those instances.
Here’s how to make a delicious, from scratch Bleu cheese dressing Ingredients:
4 oz Bleu Cheese [the good stuff usually costs upwards of 20 bucks a pound out here in Austin, Texas and it’s worth every penny]
1 bunch Giant Green Onions or scallions if you’re living in an area of the country that doesn’t offer the big ones
3 cloves Garlic
1 cup Buttermilk
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
Salt [not the iodized kind]
Pepper, Black, Fresh Ground
Pulse the white part of the giant green onions with the garlic cloves in a food processor or if you have plenty time, mince by hand
Crumble the bleu cheese into a large bowl
Juice the lemon,over a strainer into the bowl
Add heavy cream
Add minced green onion and garlic
Blend everything with a large fork
The dressing will thicken as you work with it
When it reaches the desired consistency add the salt and pepper to taste
This is a wonderful dressing for a salad or a dip for any number of things. Deep fried Buffalo wings springs to mind or for the health conscious among us perhaps a platter of crudites.
At this point I chop a head of Iceberg into 4 wedges, garnish with sliced, ripe tomatoes and crispy Benton’s bacon https://bentonshams.com/order/index.php
There’s a world of artisan bacon out there and Benton’s is near the top of that porky sphere
The final step is the drizzle of the fresh dressing over the composed salad.