Oct 27 2009

Because Rock Star just WON’T STOP ASKING.

Published by at 11:25 am under Recipes

The Man really likes blue cheese dressing.  No, wait.  That’s an understatement.  The Man REALLY likes blue cheese dressing.  Um, no.  Still not right.  The Man !**R~E~A~L~L~Y**! likes blue cheese dressing.  The problem is that a lot of blue cheese dressings are what he’s calls “too mayonnaise-y”.  He likes blue cheese dressing, and hates the main base ingredient.  His life, it is a study in contradictions.

Anyway, the blue cheese dressing that he has deemed “the best” comes from the Outback Steakhouse.  It’s really his main reason for going to eat there – to get a salad.  Because I am a little fond of The Man, I decided to see if anyone online had decoded the recipe for the Outback blue cheese dressing, and lo and behold, they had!  I made a batch, and he just loved it!  Hooray!

Then, we went up north, and I made a batch for the folks up there, and he hated it!  Hoo- wait, what?

It turns out that, according to The Man, this dressing is only good if you use Hellman’s Mayonnaise.  The problem with the up north batch was that I’d subbed in Kraft, which apparently makes everything taste like woe and horrible pain.

So, Outback Blue Cheese…it’s good and all, but did I mention that The Man is a fan of blue cheese?  He is.  So, I find that the more blue cheese I add to the dressing, the better it is for him.  I’ve found a good balance now, so here is the “new” recipe, which I call “No Such Thing As Too Much Blue Cheese Dressing”

  • 1 cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise – the regular, full-fat kind.
  • 2 tbsp. buttermilk.  Don’t have buttermilk, like 99% of us?  No problem!  Measure out slightly less than 2 tbsp. and top it off with white vinegar to make up the rest.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes and you’ll have buttermilk.  Magic!
  • 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 – 5 tbsp. blue cheese crumbles, according to taste (the original recipe calls for just two).

Put all ingredients (minus 1 – 2 tbsp. blue cheese crumbles) in a food processor and pulse on Low until smooth and combined.  I usually add about 3 tbsp. crumbles to be processed in.  Once everything is smooth, remove to a covered container (I use a little Tupperware bowl) and stir in by hand another 1 – 2 tbsp. of blue cheese crumbles.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.  This is important!  The dressing needs this time to rest so all the flavors can meld together.  Don’t skip this step!

Serve and enjoy!

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