Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Texas Hearty Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

Fresh Herbs are such an inspiration to me for trying so many new recipes. Above is a picture of one of my Cinnamon Basil plants.

This is my favorite Basil in the garden. I use it in my herb breads, tomato sauces, meatballs, omelets and salad dressings. It brings such a subtle, sweet flavor to so many dishes.

For those of you who appreciate a really good Blue Cheese or Feta added to your salads or even as a topping to a grilled steak, you will love homemade dressing and never go back to buying bottled store bought dressing again. 

 I've played around a bit with this recipe and really can't think of a thing that could make it any tastier or easier to prepare.

Texas Hearty Blue Cheese Dressing

3 oz. Blue Cheese (crumbled)
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (finely minced fresh garlic is awesome)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (or your favorite salad oil)
3 tbsp. white wine vinegar (good quality)
3 to 5 Sprigs of fresh Thyme leaves
3 to 5 Sprigs of fresh Oregano leaves (chopped)
1 med. sized Cinnamon Basil flower (pull off the stem) note: the flowers of most herbs are the best part of most herbs for eating, especially Basil.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce. Add all the seasonings. Stir in Blue Cheese. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

Note: You may substitute Feta Cheese for the Blue Cheese.

Above is a picture of one of the many Thyme plants that I grow. 

My favorites for the southeast Texas area are German Thyme and Lemon Thyme. They stay green all winter in the garden and bring pretty little purple flowers in the summer time. They also spread, creating a ground cover and living mulch. 

Growing Herbs is such a joy. They can be grown very easily in pots for your patio or porch with little maintenance. 

I love some in pots to bring indoors during the winter months and place in my kitchen window. The aroma is truly a kitchen therapy.

Happy Gardening!

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