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2004/11/15 16:20:00 (permalink)

Blue cheese dressing

I'm a big fan of blue cheese dressing, especially when a restaurant makes it themselves. The genuine roqufort product, made using cheese from French sheep milk is seldom served, but the generic blue cheese product can be excellent. What is your favorite? Do you pay extra for blue cheese dressing in your area?
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    RubyRose
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/15 16:31:55 (permalink)
    I like it too. If it's homemade, some restaurants add a surcharge. The best blue cheese dressing I've ever had was at a restaurant called The Windlass located on Lake Hopatcong in NJ.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/15 18:38:59 (permalink)
    Always blue cheese. Always a positive sign for a restaurant if they carry some -- lowest in carbs too!.

    Does ranch dressing come from a ranch?
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/15 18:45:39 (permalink)
    The Captains Galley, in Ocean City & Crisfield MD, makes their own, it is the best I've ever had.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/15 19:10:22 (permalink)
    I'm a big fan of Rootie's blue cheese, made in Buffalo, NY.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/15 19:10:45 (permalink)
    Simple Blue Cheese Thousand Island dressing...wonderful:

    Blender:

    1 small onion..cut up
    1 cup mixture of mayonnaise and salad dressing
    1/2 cup salad oil
    1/2 cup catsup
    2 T vinegar
    2 T sugar
    1tsp prepared mustard
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp paprika
    1/4 tsp celery seed
    dash of pepper

    BLEND

    Add 4 ounces blue cheese...shake,,,place in container to meld flavors overnight.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/15 19:16:42 (permalink)
    Ocdreamr, I have had the BC dressing at the Captains Galley and is really wonderful.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/16 08:43:16 (permalink)
    For a bottled product, I like the Litehouse, made in Sandpoint ID.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/16 08:52:52 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by RubyRose

    Ocdreamr, I have had the BC dressing at the Captains Galley and is really wonderful.


    RubyRose,

    When I asked them about the dressing all they would tell me was that the manager made it himself, couldn't seem to ever make enough of it and that it is buttermilk base
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/16 09:01:14 (permalink)
    My mother in law makes the best I have had. Many places it is tasteless. Have yet to really find a good one outside the house that I like.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/16 10:02:02 (permalink)
    I love steakhouses that have that oily roqufort dressing for their chopped salads. My favorite is the Itlalian steakhous in NYC, Pietros - there's nothing like their chopped salad with roqufort.

    Another great steakhouse chopped salad is the from the Palm. Same idea - chopped with red peppers and onions and romaine lettuce and tomatoes and that wonderful dressing. YUM!
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/16 19:08:55 (permalink)
    If you like the creamy bleu cheese dressing, when you know how to make ranch dressing from scratch, making bleu cheese dessing is a snap.

    The base is the same: mayonnaise mixed with a fork with buttermilk--slightly less buttermilk than mayo. Don't use anything electric to blend this.

    The seasoning is the same: ranch needs dill, garlic salt and fresh ground black pepper. For blue, cut WAY WAY back on the seasonings other than pepper. Consider replacing the garlic salt with plain salt. Add crumbled bleu cheese and let it rest in the fridge, then taste and reseason as needed.

    The only garlic salt I use is Lawry's. Substitute any brand that includes sugar and parsley in the blend as the salt and these ingredients prevent the garlic powder from going bitter.

    Bleu cheese crumbles easily after it has been frozen.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/16 19:16:37 (permalink)
    Chuck's steak houses have great Blus cheese dressing.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/17 08:20:58 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by markolenski

    Chuck's steak houses have great Blus cheese dressing.

    Maybe different Chick's use different dressing. Chuck's, I think is a franchise. The one in Auburn Mass is very good and we go a few times a year. The salad bar is often rated the best in the area. I could be wrong, but I think that this Chuck's anyway uses a blue cheese dressing from a gallon jug. Nearby, Maxwell Silverman's in Worcester does do a house made dressing of good but variable quality. I like a dressing that is more creamy than slimey, and I have never had a bottled product that is not at least a little bit slimey.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/17 09:17:10 (permalink)
    When I go to the Prime Rib, in Baltimore, I start with the 1/4 head of Iceberg, with Roquefort. Instead of puring it over the lettuce, they bring me my own bowl. I love that place...
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/17 10:05:53 (permalink)
    [:P] If they serve salad in heaven, it will come topped with Blue Cheese dressing. After discovering the alarmingly high fat gram content of BC dressing years ago, I only fantasize about the taste now, saving a rare indulgence for special occasions.
    Oh well, my favorite Blue Cheese dressing story: In the 1970's, a girlfriend with good taste took me to Engine House #5 in German Village in Columbus, Ohio for a birthday dinner. Following the "Charlie's Pot" (a not-so-little dutch oven of seafood, baked potatoes, and corn on the cob), the staff did their trademark birthday thing - they slid down the brass pole of the converted firehouse upside down with a birthday cake topped with a sparkler in one hand - this was high theater for a restaurant in Ohio in the 70's. At the next table was a portly, obviously successful gentleman with his svelte younger wife giving their order to the waitress. When she read off the salad dressings, the gentleman immediately chose the Blue Cheese. His slim wife protested, saying "Now, honey, remember your heart..." and the man errupted, shouting "I'll have a whole god damn bucket of blue cheese dressing if I want!". [:O] At this point you could hear a pin drop in the restaurant as everybody froze in silence. I leaned over to the red-faced wife in an attempt to help and said, "The Blue Cheese dressing IS excellent here..." and people started chatting again. His embarrased wife was quiet the rest of their meal, he got his BC dressing (not a bucketful, but a generous portion), and my girlfriend and I had fun reenacting the scene on the way home. I can never think of BCD without thinking of that mythical "bucketful" to this day.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/18 12:18:31 (permalink)
    The Student Prince in Springfield MA has a special house dressing: with great ceremony, the waiter stands at your table and mashes an enormous knob of Roquefort into a basic boiled dressing. Delicious.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/18 12:57:48 (permalink)
    Here is my simple bleu cheese dressing that my friends and family love.

    2 - 8 oz cartons sour cream
    2 - packages bleu cheese (crumbled)
    1 - cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
    1/2 cup buttermilk
    2 - teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    garlic powder (or fresh garlic) to taste
    salt to taste
    Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
    Store in refrigerator in glass canning jar.

    At times I have started eating this right away but it really is better if it is regrigerated for a while before using.

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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/18 13:17:35 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by markolenski

    Chuck's steak houses have great Blus cheese dressing.

    Chuck's Steak House? Are they still around? I used to go to one in Orange, Connecticut back in the mid 1960s. That was the first place I ever saw a salad bar.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/18 13:40:36 (permalink)
    It is still there. We go to Ct twice a year and always stop for dinner. They have had the same cook for 30 years
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/18 14:05:39 (permalink)
    Wow! I can still remember being so cool and ordering Mateuse with our steaks.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/18 14:06:05 (permalink)
    I'm always partial to the Blue Cheese at Ridgewood. And you thought it was jus the BBQ. We always take home a quart of it to Charlotte, NC. Good thing my wife doesn't like Blue Cheese.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/18 15:34:23 (permalink)
    I like using Maytag blue from Iowa, here's a little tip ..use some sort of a strong stiff strainer and run the cheese thought with your hand, that way you will get nice little crumbles.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/23 21:17:51 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by mek

    When I go to the Prime Rib, in Baltimore, I start with the 1/4 head of Iceberg, with Roquefort. Instead of puring it over the lettuce, they bring me my own bowl. I love that place...


    I used to live in Mt Vernon but I never ate there. I will have to
    try it.

    The only steak house I have eaten in in Balto was Morton's (good steak but lousy service, they clearly wanted the diners to eat fast and leave).
    I ate at Burke's once or twice, is that considered a steak place?
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/24 09:56:43 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by andypants

    quote:
    Originally posted by mek

    When I go to the Prime Rib, in Baltimore, I start with the 1/4 head of Iceberg, with Roquefort. Instead of puring it over the lettuce, they bring me my own bowl. I love that place...


    I used to live in Mt Vernon but I never ate there. I will have to
    try it.

    The only steak house I have eaten in in Balto was Morton's (good steak but lousy service, they clearly wanted the diners to eat fast and leave).
    I ate at Burke's once or twice, is that considered a steak place?


    Burke's isn't a steak place but it is a Baltimore institition!It seems like a steak place because it's menu is pretty much the same as it was back in the 60's when beef & seafood were pretty much all you expected to find on a menu.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/24 11:59:31 (permalink)
    Here's a simple one:

    1 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1 cup crumbled blue cheese
    1 tablespoon white vinegar
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    2 tablespoons minced onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
    salt to taste and lots of fresh ground black pepper

    Mix all together.

    This is especially great on hot wings. If you are in a hurry a decent dressing can be made from the first four ingredients, plus salt and pepper.




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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/11/25 22:25:51 (permalink)
    Wonder if this is just an Ohio kind of thing, but around here, we often buy a blue cheese dressing made by Marzetti's that has blue cheese in a honey french dressing, the orange stuff. It's really good!
    Of course, it tastes different than the white mayo based dressings. Try it sometime, you may like it on a salad that has fruit in it. I put it on a salad of tossed greens, apple and/or pear slices, red onion and walnuts. Yummy.Needless to say, it's easy to make if you can't buy it.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2004/12/06 09:24:36 (permalink)
    Amedeo's an Italian restaurant in Raleigh, NC makes my favorite blue cheese dressing. I go there every other month or so and get a quart to go. It is spicy like a spicy ranch and lots of blue cheese. We make lettuce wedges with the blue cheese. bacon, parmesean cheese and fresh ground pepper. We also dip almost anything else we eat in it. I would highly recommend to all in the Triangle area. I am not a big fan of the restaurants other foods but do likes its college atmosphere.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2005/05/07 01:04:32 (permalink)
    some places charge .50 extra but not most. i love bleu cheese and the dressing. i always get double.
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    RE: Blue cheese dressing 2005/06/12 12:27:20 (permalink)
    Im a blucheese nut!! burgers, fries, macaroni and potato salads.... I don't make my own dressing but I do doctor the kraft brand with added crumbles (lots and lots)thicken with a little miricle whip and pour over boiled chunk potatos, bacon and onion..or macaroni, onion, celery and halved grape tomato's... a package of blu mixed with a block of cream cheese and a box of ritz crackers and I'm in heaven!
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