We bought some Gorgonzola, an Italian blue cheese from cow’s milk, to pair with our onion jam on a pizza and were surprised by how much we enjoyed the rich, salty flavor. We bought another package just to mix with caramelized onions as a topper for crudites, but we both found the second cheese lacking in flavor.
Checking the cheese shelf next time we were at the supermarket, I realized that the very mild cheese had been the least expensive; you get what you pay for. We splurged on the most expensive Gorgonzola and also a Roquefort, French blue cheese from sheep’s milk. We enjoyed nibbling on both, and combined the two to make this dressing.
As I thought about these blue cheeses, the phrase “you either love it or you hate it,” came to mind, and I’m not the only one to whom this thought has occurred. There are numerous sites on the Internet combining those words with blue cheese. It even made The Huffington Post’s list of The 10 Most Polarizing Foods. I hope they were just searching to expand their list to 10 items, because I really like these foods. Liver is the only one I have issues with, and I have to say the last time I tried it, in a Polish home, it was very good – prepared in a way that overcame my previous objections about the taste and texture. If these are polarizing foods, I’m afraid that we have become a nation determined to subsist on fast and overly processed foods. What do you think?
- green bell peppers
- blue cheese
- yeast extract spreads such, as Marmite and Vegemite
Let me get back to the topic at hand. After a week of sensible eating, including lots of salads with oil and vinegar, this blue cheese dressing has provided just the stimulation my taste buds craved.
1 cup crumbled blue cheese (ours was half Gorgonzola and half Roquefort)
1 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced (this would be even better if it was roasted garlic)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 teaspoons dried parsley
3/4 cup mayo
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vinegar (we used a champagne vinegar)
- I tried mashing the cheese with the salt, garlic, pepper, and parsley, reminiscent of Julia Child’s technique with garlic and salt. It mashed into a ball rather than crumbling into to separate, little pieces as I had hoped.
- Not to worry, when whisked with the mayo, sour cream and vinegar, it dispersed nicely.
CalorieCount.com has this to say about a 2 tablespoon serving:
83 calories, 7.3g fat, 2.8g carb, 0g fiber, 1.9g protein
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.
I agree with you about that list of ten. Surely there are other foods that should take the place of celery! Of this ten, blue cheese is the one thing that I used to avoid like crazy…but have grown to appreciate its flavor.
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in a nutshell, i think the list is pretty right on. these are foods that people either love or hate. i love cilantro, but i used to hate it (it tasted like soap!). i greatly dislike raw celery, i have friends who hate coconut, and another friend who hates green bell peppers. i’m surprised liver isn’t higher on the list!