Blue Cheese Dip

published Jan 8, 2023
Blue Cheese Dip Recipe

Cool, creamy blue cheese dip with a sweet and savory edge.

Serves8 to 10

Makesabout 2 1/2 cups

Prep5 minutes

Cook10 minutes

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There really isn’t another dip like blue cheese dip. Not only can you dip vegetables (and even fruits!) in it, but it’s also a totally delicious pairing for Buffalo wings. Blue cheese dip, like many dressings, is usually made from a combination of sour cream, mayonnaise, and lots of crumbled blue cheese. From there, different spices and seasonings like garlic powder, pepper, and lemon can add flavor dimension to the dip. Know that the bluer the vein in the blue cheese, the bluer the tint the dip will take on (not that it stops me from buying the richest-colored-veined block). For me, a pinch of sugar is essential to mellow out the blue cheese just a touch.

What Goes Well with Blue Cheese Dip?

Embrace the savory and sweet side of blue cheese dip by adding dippers that accentuate it. Things that are salty, sweet, pickled, and/or crunchy pair beautifully with blue cheese dip. Crisp vegetables like carrots, cucumber, and celery are a great place to start, but don’t deny yourself a classic pairing of blue cheese with fruit like apples, pears, and figs. Dried fruit such as dates or apricots would also be good.  

When it comes to meats, you can’t go wrong with dipping in Buffalo wings, but it’s also great spooned over steak, chicken, or fish. 

Is There a Difference Between Blue Cheese Dressing and Blue Cheese Dip?

There is a subtle difference between blue cheese dressing and dip, which mostly comes down to texture. A dip should be thick enough to hold onto whatever you are dipping it into. You want a dressing to coat a salad and would need to add in more liquid. If you’re after an awesome blue cheese salad dressing, thin this dip out with just a touch of buttermilk, then drizzle it over salad.

Blue Cheese Dip Recipe

Cool, creamy blue cheese dip with a sweet and savory edge.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes

Makes about 2 1/2 cups

Serves 8 to 10

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    medium lemon

  • 1 small bunch

    fresh parsley

  • 1 cup

    sour cream

  • 2/3 cup

    mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon

    granulated sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 8 ounces

    blue cheese

  • Assorted fresh vegetables, fruits, or crackers, for serving

Instructions

  1. Prepare the following, adding each to the same medium bowl as it is completed: Finely grate 1 1/2 teaspoons zest from 1 medium lemon. Juice the lemon until you have 2 teaspoons. Pick the leaves from 1 small bunch fresh parsley and finely chop until you have 2 tablespoons; chop more for garnish if desired.

  2. Add 1 cup sour cream, 2/3 cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and a few grinds black pepper. Whisk until smooth and combined.

  3. Crumble 8 ounces blue cheese (about 2 cups). Reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish; add the remaining to the sour cream mixture. Gently fold together with a flexible spatula until the blue cheese is evenly distributed. Garnish with reserved blue cheese and parsley. Serve with vegetables, fruits, or crackers.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead: The dip can be made up to 5 days ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container.

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.