Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Super Simple Better For You Blue Cheese Dip

I'm  not really a football fan, but I do like watching the playoffs. For some reason unbeknownst to me, I feel the need to eat "traditional" foods while watching football - wings, blue cheese dip, hot dogs, and bad pizza.  Before you freak out, keep reading - I have not abandoned my vegetarian ways.

A few weekends ago, Matt and I (ok really just me) made Asian-inspired hot dogs (really veggie dogs) that were, let's be honest, a total ripoff of Asia Dog.  [If you live in NYC and haven't had an Asia Dog, then you obviously haven't been to two of my favorite places (the Brooklyn Flea and The Bell House) and you need to get yourself to one of them immediately.  They are insanely delicious and light years beyond the average dog.]

Last weekend I was in the mood for something different, so I bought those Morningstar Farms fake buffalo wings (which I've had many times before).  Never having eaten meat, these are a tasty snack for me, but acccording to Matt, these were not by any means a substitute for spicy wings.

However, my blue cheese dip more than made up for the wings' failure to sufficiently substitute for the real deal.  Matt deemed it delicious and he's eaten his fair share of wings while watching football those many years he lived in Baltimore.

Having never made blue cheese dip, I took a peek around for a recipe and was horrified by the amount of sour cream, heavy cream, and mayonnaise most recipes called for. All that in addition to a ton of blue cheese. Seriously, it's overkill. Cheese tastes good as is, so I couldn't quite understand why so much additional fat was needed to make a dip.

So I made up my own, and while it might not be authentic, it's seriously tasty and is quite conveniently way better for you than the standard stuff.   It even makes fake wings taste good. And that's saying something.


Blue Cheese Dip
makes 2 cups

5 ounces Danish blue cheese (no need to get anything high end - a simple blue works just fine)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons lowfat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon white vinegar
5 grinds of freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste


Put 4 ounces of the cheese and the remaining ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.  Mix on low speed until smooth.  Transfer the dip to a bowl, crumble in the remaining 1 ounce of cheese, and gently stir to combine.

1 comment:

K8teebug said...

I heart those morningstar farms spicy wings! This dip sounds delicious!

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