Creamy Blue Cheese Dip With Walnuts
Blue cheese can be a polarizing ingredient, but the sweetness of toasted walnuts rounds out the sharpness of the cheese in this creamy dip. If serving this dip to friends, surround it with large pieces of cabbage, sliced celery sticks and a sleeve of saltine crackers — and make extra, because it can disappear quickly. But it’s built for more than entertaining guests: Slather it on a potato bun in a chicken cutlet sandwich, or use it to dress up a BLT.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 1cup raw walnut pieces
- 8ounces blue cheese, crumbled
- ½cup buttermilk
- ¼cup mayonnaise
- ¼cup thinly sliced chives, plus more for garnish
- 1small shallot, finely chopped
- 2tablespoons lemon juice
- 1teaspoon sweet paprika
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- Celery sticks, for serving
- Red cabbage, cut into wedges, for serving
- Saltine crackers, for serving
Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.
Step 2In a medium bowl, combine blue cheese, buttermilk, mayonnaise, chives, shallot, lemon juice and paprika. Stir to blend, then season with salt and pepper.
Step 3Just before serving, stir in chopped walnuts and top with more chives. Enjoy with celery, cabbage and saltine crackers.