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Maytag Blue Cheese Sauce

Recipe from Steven Raichlen's BBQ USA

Salty blue cheese makes a perfect foil for spicy chicken wings. But no bottled blue cheese salad dressing will do for Buffa-que Wings. The recipe here calls for America’s most famous blue cheese: Maytag Blue from Iowa.


  • Yield: About 3 cups
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  • 4 ounces Maytag Blue cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (preferably Hellmann's)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea; optional)

Step 1: Press the blue cheese through a sieve into a nonreactive mixing bowl.

Step 2: Whisk in the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, onion, and pepper. It’s unlikely you’ll need salt (the cheese is quite salty already) but taste for seasoning and add a little if necessary. The blue cheese sauce will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for several days.

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