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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Blue Cheese Dip



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is one of the chameleons of my kitchen. I use it as a dip, a spread and a salad dressing. It main ingredient is cottage cheese and that makes it figure friendly, as well as being versatile and easy to do. The downside to this recipe, if there is one, is that you'll need a food processor to break up and pulverize the cheese curds. Plan to make this a day before you plan to use it and use a really good blue cheese for best flavor. The original recipe was developed by Patricia Wells and she used a French Roquefort to make the dip. French Roquefort is made from sheep's milk and is naturally aged in caves to produce the blue streaks with which we are all familiar. The cheese must ripen for a period that ranges from three months to a year in order to produce its characteristic aroma and flavor. Other blue veined cheeses, domestic or imported, are made from cow's milk and are aged in humidity controlled environments rather than caves. I use Roquefort during the holiday season, but rely on good domestic varieties for the remainder of the year. The dip can be thinned with milk to produce a wonderful salad dressing. If you enjoy blue cheese I think you'll enjoy this dip. Here's the recipe.

Blue Cheese Dip...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, inspired by Patricia Wells

Ingredients:
2 cups cottage cheese
1/4 cup fresh snipped chives
1/2 to 3/4 cup coarsely crumbled Roquefort or blue cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place cottage cheese in bowl of a food processor; pulse to break up curds. Add chives and blue cheese and process briefly just to blend. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pulse again to distribute seasonings. Transfer to a lidded container and store in refrigerator for at least 24 hours to ripen. Bring to room temperature to serve. Yield: 2 cups.

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35 comments :

Nina Timm said...

I am sorry that I haven't been around for a while Mary. We had a bit of an accident in the family.
I loe blue cheese and I can imagine gobbling up this dip with veggie stiks, chips, crackers or just dunk my finger in there when no one is looking!!

Ginny said...

This looks delicious and my husband loves bleu cheese! I have a severe allergy to molds, so I have always been afraid to try any!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

indeed this is a ncie dip!

Coleen's Recipes said...

Excellent photo!!!!! Can you believe I've never even tasted blue cheese? I should give this a try.

Ana Powell said...

So special ♥

Rachana said...

My hubby is a big fan of blue cheese and he would just love this dip :-)

Susan said...

I really like the idea of using cottage cheese. Makes it a little more....acceptable to the figure, indeed. YUM

Kim said...

Oh! I love this dip, looks fantastic on veggie sticks!

Lyndsey said...

I love blue cheese I had to check your recipe out! I like how you used the cottage cheese in it sounds great!

Martha said...

blue cheese anything is good. This looks so simple. Made the apple oatmeal bread -- you're right -- it is sooo good!

Tasha said...

I'm a huge fan of both blue cheese and cottage cheese. No doubt I'd love this dip!

Patsyk said...

I love blue cheese, so this dip would be a huge hit with me! Thanks for the idea, I will need to add this to my appy's next time we have friends over to watch a game.

♥ Kathy said...

I love a recipe that can be used in more than one way!

Dishesdone said...

Blue cheese is my favorite, delicious looking dip! This is on my "definitely must make" list!

Jenn said...

Mary, you can take all things I'm not fond of and make them into something that makes my mouth water! I'm not a huge fan of cottage cheese OR blue cheese, but dang, I want to dip a cracker into that right now!!!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

I love using cottage cheese as a dip, but when you add blue cheese - it's at that next level.

Jennifurla said...

Very simple, I bet the flavor is great.

PeggyR said...

We love blue cheese! Hope you are enjoying your trip.

Pam said...

Blue cheese is our favorite here. Would've never thought of combining it with the cottage cheese. Thanks for the recipe and have a great day!

Rita said...

Your blue cheese dip is right up my alley!
Rita

Priya said...

Yummy blue cheese dip, feel like gobbling up with some chips..

~RED~ said...

I likey!!!!

Chele said...

i LOVE blue Cheese dip ... in my mind it goes with everything nearly!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Yum, I love any kind of blue cheese - wherever its origin. Your dip sounds fantastic Mary, and besides, I adore Patricia Wells recipes too.
Sam

Bridgett said...

My husband would fall in love with me all over again if I made this for him. He is crazy for blue cheese. I will have to give this a go.

Alessandra said...

I love blue cheese dip, I feel like having some now... but I should be looking at the calories.... ahi ahi!, maybe next month, when I am not making so many cakes :-)

I hope that your travels are going well Mary.

Ciao
A.

Eliana said...

This would make any game day perfect and has delicious written all over it. I love it.

Sushma Mallya said...

Dip looks so yum..

Jamie said...

Sweet Mary, I thought you were traveling! I adore real Roquefort and we indulge often. I absolutely love blue cheese dressings and dips and this one is perfect!

Susan said...

Mary, I am thrilled for you!!! You made the Food News Journal "Best Blogs" award today for this recipe. I know you are away, but just wanted to be sure you knew this when you get around to reading it. Susan (hugs)

Janice said...

I love blue cheese and this recipe looks so simple and the cottage cheese means it is not too sinful!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Blue Cheese = Heaven!

XO,

Sheila :-)

My Little Space said...

I'm bringing in all the chips! haha...
Kristy

Amanda said...

I can't wait to make this! Do you know if would work on pizza? I've been dying to make a Buffalo Chicken pizza and this might be the perfect "sauce" (though i'm just a little worried about the cottage cheese--or should i just consider it like ricotta?)

Amanda said...

Just wanted to report that I did use it on pizza and it was fabulous! I used a bit less cottage cheese so it was thicker, and added some minced garlic and it was perfect, thanks!

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