This Spicy Garlic Salad Dressing has a way of saying wow when it hits your taste buds. It's smooth, creamy, with a hint of parmesan reggiano mellowing through the flavor and then the punch, fresh spicy garlic will fill your palate. It's delightful!
While visiting Italy one of the highlights of my trip was in Bra, the city of origin for the Association of Slow Food and the most amazing cheese shop, Giolito Formaggi, owned by the Giolito family. From the turn of the 20th century the family has energetically dedicated itself to locating, aging and commercialization of the best cheese produced regionally and nationally.
Today, three generations strong in cheese, Fiorenzo, continues the long family tradition, dedicating his time to locate the finest examples of cheese produced in the Piemonte and Italy and then using his expertise in order to age them to perfection.
With the small producers, Fiorenzo searches to create a rapport of trust and collaboration, but above all to respect their vital role in a disappearing art and tradition of farmer, shepherd and artist.
They thoroughly enjoy meeting and getting to know new people and cultures, and sharing their expertise in cheese. We spent hours in the shop touring, tasting and taking pictures. It was a delightfully tasty afternoon spent in Italy.
I purchased parmesan reggiano because they suggested it would travel well back to the states. So when I got home and opened that brown waxy paper, the aroma filled the air and I was able to share a little bit of Italy with my family around our dinner table. I have created several recipes using the parmesan reggiano and found the cheese pairs itself well with garlic. So was born the Spicy Garlic Salad Dressing.
Spicy Garlic Salad Dressing
- 4 to 5 medium cloves of garlic
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar combined with 2 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan reggiano
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes less or more
- Peel and lightly chop garlic, place in a wide mouth quart jar
- Add remaining ingredients
- Mix well with a stick mixer until blended well. You could also use a small food processor.
- Chill for 30 minutes before serving