French Dressing with Roquefort Cheese


 For a Sunday night salad supper, I made a variation of French Dressing. The recipe from The Good Housekeeping cookbook added Blue Cheese or Roquefort to the basic dressing. Since both Bettie and Lyle are fans of Blue Cheese we decided to go with that.
  Here is one of those times when you should not buy cheap. Homemade salad dressings need good salad oil or olive oil. In this instance I used salad oil and a Danish Blue cheese. The store was out of Roquefort and The Danish was really more of a green veined and well aged cheese. Surprisingly not as expensive as I had thought it might be. A 4.4 ounce package was $2.89, which leaves some to crumble on their salads also.
  Counting the cost of the salad dressing and the salad ingredients a large salad will run about $3.24 apiece. This is adding some of my farm eggs hard boiled and sliced and some fresh fried bacon to the salads along with tomato, onion,  green peppers and croutons. I used some lemon juice I had in the freezer. Nice to have for just a few tablespoons.
  Not a bad cost for a supper that is light and still filling. When the main meal is going to be a salad, both Sue and I tend to make Salad Dressing at home. Most basic cookbooks will have good recipes to start you off, and you can add flavors from there.  Also you can make a smaller amount and have a variety of dressings, not a lot of large bottles you will end up throwing away. At the cost of groceries today that is just tough to do.
Roquefort or Blue Cheese French Dressing
1 cup salad oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar (Herbed or wine vinegars work well)
3 ounces Roquefort or blue cheese
½ small onion minced
  Mix the seasonings and the lemon juice (be sure it is fresh lemon juice) or vinegar , slowly add the salad oil beating with a wire whip, blender or electric mixer. The oil needs to be added slowly to mix in well. Add the crumbled cheese. Pour into a jar or container, keeping in mind this is fairly smelly and the smell might not come out of plastic well.
Store in refrigerator and shake well before using.

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