Brockles Special Dressing
At Brockles restaurant in Dallas decades ago, their specialty dressing was so popular that they began bottling and selling it. This was a regional item confined to parts of Texas, so if you've never had it, that's why. I never knew about the restaurant, but I remember buying and loving Brockles Special Dressing in the 60s. I was so disappointed years ago when I couldn't find it any more. But several years ago, I was doing a search for it, and lo and behold, the Brockles family decided to release the recipe on the internet in 2007. Obviously, it's a scaled down home version, and I believe they made their own mayonnaise base, but this is a very close replica of that marvelous dressing. (It is thick and spoonable, but not thin and pourable.)
1 pint jar of real mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
4 Tablespoons drained sweet pickle relish
2 teaspoons paprika
1.5 ounces crumbled Blue Cheese
1 Tablespoon garlic powder (adjust as desired for taste)
Spoon mayo into a mixing bowl
Put the relish in a fine mesh strainer and press with paper towel to eliminate excess liquid.
Add ingredients, each with a little stirring.
Hand mix to an even color and texture. A wire whip works well.
Add another teaspoon of paprika for a little bolder color, if desired.
Put finished mix back into cleaned mayonnaise jar (or container of your choice).
It always tastes better after a day in the fridge.
I start by mashing the blue cheese with some mayo, a little at a time, to get a smooth consistency, as I don't remember Brockles dressing having any lumps at all except for the small bits of relish. This also keeps those people who are averse to blue cheese from avoiding the dressing. Not biting into a lump of blue cheese, you would never really know it's in there (except the blue cheese is really the ingredient that makes it special).
Interesting read about the family and the business--