Friday, August 22, 2008

The Classic Wedge

Okay. So you cannot really see my "wedge" shape all that well what with all the dressing, bacon and goodies on top but I assure you, I DID start with a wedge shape of iceberg lettuce on my plate.

There is nothing like this classic "oldie but goodie" salad. The KEY to making it good, however, is a really good dressing. Where do you get a really good dressing for your wedge? Make it yourself. Yes. This is the best way to do it unless you choose to drive to your favorite steak house and have them serve it up for you.

Once you have the dressing, assembling the dish is a snap. Place your wedge on a plate, pour on some dressing, add your favorite toppings. I suggest bacon and red onions. But I always throw in tomatoes too. I love tomatoes. And as simple as this is, it is sophisticated enough for a very elegant dinner party. Try it. I know you'll love this dressing recipe. Please.... DO NOT buy a bottle of blue cheese dressing for this salad. I just is not the same.

Blue Cheese Dressing

1 cup good quality mayonnaise
1/2 cup half and half
4 oz. good quality blue cheese (my family likes Maytag. It is expensive but worth it)
3 tsp. grated onion (I add more)
1 garlic glove finely minced (I probably use 2 or 3)
1 Tbls. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce (Tobasco)
1 tsp. worschester sauce

Whisk the ingredients together to blend and salt and pepper to taste. Feel free to add a little cayenne pepper for more subtle heat or depth. It is best to refrigerate your dressing for at least an hour before serving to help meld and marry the flavors. Can keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Homemade blue cheese dressing! Oh boy! There's nothing like it, is there? It looks amazing smothered on that crispy bacon!

Robin Sue said...

Loving the wedge! It is one of my favorites.

Darius T. Williams said...

You're right. A good dressing is something that's gotta be homemade. Ina Garten makes this killer balsamic vinegarette and that's all I've been making since then. As a matter of fact she turned me on to dijon mustard for the dressing - now I don't even use regular mustard even for sandwiches.


That Girl said...

This is Thatboy's favorite salad

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'll take a wedge please! Your dressing sounds just perfect!

Lori Lynn said...

I completely agree. Homemade dressing makes all the difference. Your recipe sounds just perfect.
Blue cheese and bacon are two of my favorite ingredients too, so no wonder that salad is high on my list!

Nicole said...

Stickygooey... Yes! It must be homemade!!!!

Robin- Me too! Always has been.

Darius- I am with you on the Dijon. Won't do yellow mustard unless nothing else is available. I LOVE dijon.

Kate- Cool. Make him some homemade dressing on one of those days that has been rough for him!

Marie- Come on over. I'll serve one for you.

Lori- Aren't blue cheese and bacon just to die for! Unfortunately if you eat them too much, they could be.... bummer.