From The Food For Thought Vaults: Epiphany! Make An Iceberg-Blue Cheese Layer Cake

Jul 1, 2015

As I tell Nancy Leson in this week's Food for Thought, I have had an iceberg lettuce epiphany.  A voice whispered, "Slice it horizontally." 

The voice was that of Smitten Kitchen food blogger Deb Perelman and I heard it in my head while leafing through her Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, which I bought immediately.

Here's the deal: Instead of cutting the lettuce in the usual wedges, Perelman slices it horizontally, then stacks the layers, drizzling each with blue cheese dressing.  Top with 1/4-inch diced celery and radishes, maybe some bacon or pancetta, and have at it.

Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen blue cheese dressing recipe:

1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 ounces crumbled firm blue cheese (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

Blend buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Add blue cheese and pulse until cheese is incorporated but dressing is still slightly chunky. Transfer to a bowl and stir in chives.  Makes about 1 1/4 cups of dressing.

Flame away, lettuce snobs, but I'm making this one as soon as I get home.

"The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is out-grossing my films."

– Paul Newman

Note: This episode of Food For Thought originally aired on June 5, 2013.