Blue cheese is one of those ingredients that some people love and other people hate. I am certainly in the category of people who love blue cheese. While it is often eaten alone, I think this is an extremely versatile ingredient that you can use in many different ways. Depending on the variety you choose, it can add many different flavours, from creamy to tangy. Here are some of my favourite ways to use blue cheese.
Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken– Similar to a Kiev, stuffing a chicken breast with blue cheese before baking it in the oven means you add a delicious and creamy flavour to what is sometimes a rather bland meat. When you cut into the breast, the melted blue cheese oozes out onto the plate.
Poached Pears with Blue Cheese and Walnuts– This may seem an unusual combination but it absolutely delicious. Poach halved and cored pears in a poaching liquor of your choice and then place on a baking tray. Add chopped walnuts and crumbled blue cheese to the top before baking in the oven.
Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce– A combination of two of my favourite things, steak with blue cheese sauce is a classic. I make it in the pan I have cooked the steak in while the meat is resting using the steak juices, double cream, crumbled blue cheese, and ground black pepper.
Blue Cheese Soufflé– If you are a fan of cheese soufflé, then you probably love a blue cheese soufflé. It has a deeper flavour and you simply switch the regular cheese you use for blue cheese.
Blue Cheese and Crackers– Cheese with crackers is the perfect snacks when you are in the house alone and haven’t got the time to make a large meal. This is also delicious with a glass of red wine in the evenings.
Blue Cheese Dip– A perfect addition to a simple lunch and great to use on a buffet. Blending some blue cheese into mayonnaise with a little black pepper is delicious. Serve it with breadsticks, crudités or any other dipping foods. This is also good for serving with a salad.
Potato Leek and Blue Cheese Soup– A soup is a warming dish that is perfect for the colder months. Potato and leek is one of the simplest soups to make and adding blue cheese gives it an extra depth of flavour. Add either croutons, cream or crispy bacon to the top.
Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad– Crumbling blue cheese and walnuts over a basic salad makes an otherwise boring dish more interesting. The cheese adds a creamy texture and flavour to complement the crisp textures and flavours of the salad ingredients. The walnuts add crunch and a flavour that works well with the cheese. You can use any salad ingredients you like. I usually use salad leaves, chopped cucumber, sliced red onion, and cherry tomatoes.
Do you have any favourite dishes that use blue cheese?