My mother use to make homemade blue cheese dressing. Her base was homemade mayonnaise and I thought it was the most amazing cooking feat that she could make something that, I thought, only Hellmanns could make. That taught me that we don’t have to be held captive by corporate food. We can do it ourselves. Save money and avoid the incomprehensible list of ingredients standard in store bought brands.
Here’s my own version of this classic dressing. A blend of Joy of Cooking, my mother’s recipe, and some personal adaptations.
1 1/4 cup Avocado Oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon of ground mustard
Dash of cayenne
2 teaspoons of honey
Juice from 1/2 lemon
4 oz of Blue Cheese (Gorgonzola Cheese is a great substitute)
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 large spoonful of plain yogurt
1/2 cup of dairy (optional)
Place 1/4 cup of oil, egg, salt, mustard, cayenne, and honey in a blender. Thoroughly mix. Add 1/2 cup oil and blend. Add lemon juice and blend thoroughly. Add the last 1/2 cup oil and blend. This is essentially your mayonnaise base. Then add whole garlic (no need to chop, YEAH), the cheese, and yogurt and send through the blender one last time. At this point, you can judge the consistency. If too thick, add a little dairy. If too soupy, add a little more yogurt to thicken it up.
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