Let’s face it: You either like blue cheese or you don’t. If you like it you know there’s no other flavor quite like it. Just a whiff of it sets my mouth to drooling. And those who don’t like it–and there are many–really don’t like it, and are prone to wrinkling their nose in disgust. (My own father makes gagging noises).
Be that as it may, it seldom deters those of us who love it from ordering it. It’s just too tempting. A few years back I had the opportunity to save the following recipe from a five star hotel. It always gets raves from the ” blue lovers” whenever I make it.
A note about Roquefort cheese. Roquefort is a type of blue cheese found in a certain area of France. It can’t be called Roquefort unless it comes from there. Though there are many fine American blue cheeses (the Maytag brand in particular), my favorite is the Roquefort. It does cost more than domestic blues, but you know what they say.
- 1 ½ cups mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon Tabasco
- 5 ounces Roquefort, crumbled coarse (about 1 cup–may substitute another blue cheese, of course)
In a bowl whisk together all ingredients except cheese until smooth and then stir in the crumbled cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. DO NOT leave out the Worcestershire,Tabasco, or black pepper. It’s astonishing how they enhance the flavor.
Don’t forget to return to Fried Red Tomatoes and leave me a comment after you try it. Thanks.
© Wade Kingston