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

1 lemon

Salt [not the iodized kind]

Pepper, Black, Fresh Ground

Method:

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 buttermilk

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.

Bon Appetit

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