American Blue-cheese Dressing

I love American salad dressings, and especially this one. The blue cheese can be Roquefort, if you want to splash out, or Gorgonzola, which crumbles particularly well. The only stipulation is that the cheese has to be gutsy; a subtle, faint-hearted one will get lost among all the other strong flavours.

Serves 4-6

This recipe is taken from How to Cook Book Two and Delia Smith's Summer Collection.

American Blue-cheese Dressing
 1½ oz (40 g) blue cheese, crumbled
 1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, peeled
 1 level teaspoon Maldon sea salt
 1 rounded teaspoon mustard powder
 1 tablespoon lemon juice
 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
 2 tablespoons light olive oil
 5 fl oz (150 ml) soured cream
 2 level tablespoons good-quality mayonnaise
 2 spring onions, finely chopped
 freshly milled black pepper


Start off by crushing the garlic clove (or cloves), together with the salt, to a creamy mass in a pestle and mortar, then add the mustard and work that in.

Next add the lemon juice, vinegar and, after that, the oil.

Mix everything together thoroughly, then, in a bowl, combine the soured cream and mayonnaise and gradually whisk into the dressing ingredients.

When all is thoroughly blended, add the chopped spring onions and the crumbled blue cheese and season with freshly milled pepper.

The dressing is now ready to use, and I think a few crunchy croutons are a nice addition here.

To make these, toss ¼ inch (5 mm) cubes of bread – approximately 4 oz (110 g) in all – in a bowl with a dessertspoon of olive oil, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake in an oven pre-heated to gas mark 5, 375°F (190°C) for 10 minutes.

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