I have been a fan of Blue Cheese Dressing my entire life so, believe me when I say this recipe is amazing. It just doesn’t come this good in a bottle and many online recipes just can’t be trusted. Some bloggers get you in the vicinity of a decent dressing but there always seems to be something missing. Am I right? Well, not here, no sir/mam. I’ve got the best recipe right here and it’s great on salads, used as a dip with veggies or chicken wings.
Smooth or Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing
These days you can buy blue cheese already crumbled and ready to go. If you’re buying it by the brick, however, you’ll have to break it down and crumble it with your hands or slice it with a knife. If you’re going for a chunky recipe, just eye ball the pieces and prep them to your preference and size. If you prefer a creamy dressing, just break down the blue cheese to a size your blender or hand mixer can handle because that’s the only way you’re going to get a creamy Blue Cheese Dressing with out mixing for hours by hand.
Blue Cheese Dressing or Dip
Last week I filmed my version of Buffalo Chicken Wings and I paired that recipe with this Blue Cheese Dressing. The two recipes together are sensational. So good in fact that I bought more wings and ingredients to make the dressing again, yesterday. I used every last bit, of the dressing I filmed, on salads I ate for lunch, all week long. So I highly recommend both of these recipes.
Blue Cheese Dressing Ingredients:
6 – 8 oz Blue Cheese 1 cup Butter Milk 1 cup Sour Cream 1 cup Mayonaise 1/3 cup White Wine Vinegar 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder 1/2 tsp Onion Powder 1 tsp Sugar, maybe more Salt and Pepper to taste
Just mix all of the ingredients together, to make your Blue Cheese Dressing, and be sure to watch the video tutorial.
In my opinion, a great Ranch Dressing is NOT going to come in a bottle. Mostly because the ingredients are so tweaked and skewed, in comparison to homemade recipes, to create a longer lasting shelf life. So you’re never going to get the flavor that is/was originally intended, if you buy into the preservatives. Fresh dairy is always going to conquer a powdered mix or a mix with just mayo in it. But, if a powdered mix is all you’re using, there’s a better way to make this dressing than just following the package instructions and I’m going to show you how to do that as well.
Ranch Dressing Recipes
First of all there are many different ways to make an amazing Ranch Dressing and, yes, it can be done with a powdered mix. The directions a package usually recommend mixing the ingredients with milk and mayo but I say that’s not enough. The base of my recipe can be applied to this as well and that means using Buttermilk, Sour Cream and Mayonnaise. Trust me. You’re dressing will be twice as good just adding those other two ingredients. But what else can you do?
If you like spicy food or dressings with a little kick to them, try adding some cayenne or dried chili flakes. It doesn’t take much to spice it up. Sometimes I’ll even dice a Jalapeno Pepper and add that, as well. And, if you really want to trick it up and make more of a Mexican Style Ranch Dressing, add an Avocado and squeeze in some lime. You’ll love it.
There’s nothing that top secret about an Oriental Salad. But I’m going to make one using leftovers. I can walk into almost any kitchen, open the refrigerator and turn out a gourmet dish. Obviously a salad is a weak example, but it is an example none the less. Lomo Saltado was left over in my refrigerator today and I decided to turn out an Oriental Salad. Not that that’s too difficult in itself, but the secret to an oriental salad lies in the dressing. So, though I’m whipping out a quick salad, I want the main focus to be two things, leftovers and the dressing.
The best part is everybody has leftovers. So there is a very large variety of options you could probably turn out in your own salad. Beef and Chicken are the easiest, and since my Lomo Saltado recipe has onions and peppers in it as well, I feel like this is the best choice for an Oriental Salad as well as an excellent opportunity to introduce my oriental salad dressing. There are two sauces you need to be aware of; Sriracha, made by Rooster and Kikkoman’s Tempura Dipping Sauce. Sriracha is HOT but it has an excellent flavor for oriental foods that only it can provide. Use this sparingly and to your desired tastes. Tempura Dipping sauce is great for many things. I use this when I make Lo Mein or Ham Fried Rice!
Oriental Salad Dressing Ingredients:
½ cup Mayonnaise
1 tsp Oyster Sauce
1 tsp Sesame Oil
½ tsp Sriracha
2 oz Tempura Dipping Sauce
All the ingredients are pretty basic for this salad. Just be sure to add onions, peppers and some sort of Crispy noodle. I use uncooked Ramen on purpose just to show that it can be done and it can still taste excellent. The Dressing is simple and lies as follows in the above ingredients. Make sure you try an Oriental Salad with this Oriental Dressing next time you’re craving it.