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tips for cooking with blue cheese recipes

by Marnely Rodriguez

The world has come to love that stinky and not so gorgeous cheese: the blue cheese.

Its aroma is pungent due to the fermentation of mold cultures and spices added during the process of making the cheese.  The result of crafting blue cheese is a soft but dense cheese with blue veins running through it.

Some of the most famous blue cheeses are Stilton, Gorgonzola and Roquefort. Blue cheeses are found in most gourmet shops, online gourmet food stores and restaurants.

Blue cheese recipes are normally developed taking into account the need to balance the strong flavors of the cheese with other ingredients that will play a supporting role in the recipe.  The following recipes are to be made with the freshest blue cheese available, as to remain true to the product.

1. Stuffed Blue Cheese Burgers

Make your barbeque party slightly different with a twist for the best by stuffing you burger patties with a thick slice of blue cheese. Grill them as usual and wow your guests when they bite into the savory patty stuffed with a melted portion of delicious blue cheese. Serve with sweet, caramelized onions on top to counteract and balance the cheese.

2. Blue Cheese Alfredo Pasta

When making your typical Alfredo sauce, instead of adding the regular cheddar or melted cheese, add chunks of blue cheese and stir in with your al dente pasta. The chunks will melt slower than regular cheeses, dissipating their aroma throughout your meal.

3. Blue Cheese Tapas

At your next Tapas party, try to serve a simple canapé that will wow your guests. Make your own Blue Cheese Pastries! Purchase frozen puff pastry, cut into squares and fill with blue cheese crumbles. Bake at 350 degrees F and serve with a Honey-Mustard Dip.

4. Blue Cheese Dressing

A simple equation that ultimately depends on your taste, the basic ingredients being: blue cheese crumbles, mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, white vinegar, sugar, onion powder and pepper.  The ratios depend on how thick or thin you like your dressing; flavor to taste and you will have a great dressing to serve with chicken wings, vegetables and chips.

5. Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola Butter

Adorn a thick cut of beef filet with a delicious compound butter. Whip together softened butter with blue cheese chunks and refrigerate in either a parchment paper roll or individual butter dishes.  When the filet is cooked, slice a thick slab of butter over it and serve immediately. The effect the melting butter over the steak is impressive and will delight your guests.

Try to pair blue cheese recipes with wines that will balance the cheese, such as a Rieslings. The sweetness in the wine should round out the fat in the cheese.  You can also try any sparkling wine such as Champagne or Prosecco, which is helpful in balancing and harmonizing the flavors.

As for storing blue cheese, make sure to re-wrap it tightly to avoid drying it out.  Blue cheese will last for weeks in your refrigerator.


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