Chef John's Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing


A cheese grater and a wedge of frozen blue cheese feature in this top-secret method for creamy blue cheese dressing. The grated cheese blends in perfectly as opposed to larger chunks which just sink to the bottom.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
3 1/4 cups


  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 4 ounces frozen blue cheese, grated


  1. Place mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk in a bowl. Add garlic, black pepper, dry mustard, salt, sugar, cayenne, and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk together thoroughly.

  2. Mix grated blue cheese into the cream base a little at a time to ensure it is evenly incorporated and doesn't clump.

  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight) to consolidate the flavors.

Cook's Note:

Using this technique produces a dressing exploding with the funky goodness of whichever blue-veined cheese you decide to use. I used a Maytag blue cheese, but any of the world's great blues, like Roquefort or Stilton, will work beautifully. I hope you give this great method a try soon. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
22g Fat
3g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 364mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 83mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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