What Can I Do With Blue Cheese?

by Cheese411

Here's a long list of cheese recipes and recommendations for the best ways to use blue cheese.

For many, blue (or bleu) cheese is an acquired taste. It has a strong aroma and flavor and gets its distinctive appearance after its inoculated with mold. If you've never tried it before, it's actually very versatile and works well in nearly any kind of cheese recipe. It's also great to sprinkle on everything from steak and salad to fresh vegetables. If you've already purchased some blue cheese and you aren't sure what to do with it yet -- or you have a huge amount of cheese to go through -- try some of these recommendations.

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Blue Cheese Cheesecake

Want to try a gourmet twist on a classic dessert? Bleu cheese is actually wonderful in cheesecake! You may have seen this on the menu at your favorite restaurant. Here's the recipe:

2 (8 ounce) pkgs cream cheese
2 c Castello Soft Blue Cheese
1 c sour cream
1/3 tsp ground white pepper
3 eggs
1-1/4 c sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. Beat together cheeses in a large bowl unil fluffy. Mix in 1 cup of sour cream and the white pepper. Add eggs slowly, mixing after each egg addition.
3. Pour into a buttered springform pan and bake for around 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
4. Remove from the oven and let the cheesecake stand for 5 minutes. Spread 1-1/4 cup sour cream on the top and bake an additional 5 minutes. Cool completely and then refrigerate overnight.

Blue Cheese Steak

To make this recipe, you need only rib-eye, T-bone or anything other type of beef steak, 1/2 crumbled blue cheese, salt and pepper to taste and butter. Cook steaks in butter over high heat then sprinkle with crumbled cheese, cooking for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat and serve! You can serve with baked potatoes or salad.

Compound Butter

Compound or flavored butters are really easy to make. Try combining 6 ounces of bleu cheese with 4 sticks of softened, unsalted butter.

Blue Cheese Burgers

Quickly transform an All-American Classic! These stuffed burgers are always a hit during the summer. Serve them with French fries or a fresh salad. You can also check out this page for more recipes for blue cheese burgers.

1-1/2 lb ground lean beef
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 ounces crumbled creamy bleu cheese

1. Break up the ground beef in a large mixing bowl and add Worcestershire, salt and pepper.
2. Shape into 8 small patties and make an indention in half. Divide the cheese into 4 portions, shaping into flat discs and setting one in each indention. Top with remaining beef patties and seal edges. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
3. Preheat grill and grill burgers until desired level of doneness. Avoid pressing the burgers or the cheese will escape!

Bleu Cheese and Tomato Soup

This recipe has a long list of ingredients but it's worth it! It's also really good for you.

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1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1/4 c crumbled blue cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 c heavy cream
1/4 c milk
1 can diced tomatoes
1-1/2 c tomato juice
2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp Splenda

1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan and stir in garlic, bell pepper and onion. Cook until onion softens, around 5 minutes. Stir in cheeses, cream and milk and heat until the sauce is simmering.
2. Stir in the remaining ingrediens until soup is hot, around 20 minutes.

Blue Cheese Dip

This simple dip is not lacking in flavor! Remember, it gets better the longer the ingredients are allowed to mingle so let it chill for a few hours before serving.

1 c mayonnaise
1 c sour cream
4 green onions, diced
2 tbsp dried parsley
4 ounces bleu cheese, crumbled
Garlic salt

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, cover and chill until ready to serve.

Cheese Platter with Wine

Why not use the cheese in a delicious platter served with wine? This is a great way to relax with friends. Be sure to label all of the cheeses so everyone knows what they're trying! Go for a diverse selection of cheeses with blue, hard and soft cheeses. Here are some ideas:

Hard cheese: try something salty like Parmigiano Reggiano.
Semi-hard cheese: Gouda.
Semi-soft cheese: Fresh mozzarella.
Soft cheese: Brie or Torta Del Caser.
Blue cheese: Castello Noble Blue

Potato Gratin

Here's a wonderful side dish you can serve during the holidays! This recipe was made by Paula Deen and it's simply decadent.

2-1/2 lbs blue potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 c heavy cream
1 c shredded Gruyere
1/2 c crumbled blue cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a baking or casserole dish.
2. Arrange potatoes in dish. In a saucepan, saute garlic in the butter until soft. Stir in flour and cook an additional 3 minutes. Whisk in the cream until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in both cheeses, seasoning with salt and pepper.
3. Pour sauce over potatoes, cover with foil and bake for around 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Cheese Spread

This simple spread has only 4 ingredients but it lasts a long time! It goes wonderfully on crackers for the holidays.

1 lb bleu cheese
1/2 c butter, softened
1/3 c tawny port
1-1/2 c chopped walnuts

1. Blend first three ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Adjust the amount of port, if necessary.
2. Stir in walnuts and transfer to individual serving dishes. Cover and keep chilled for up to three weeks.

Homemade Dressing

You can also make homemade blue cheese dressing with all of that cheese in the fridge! There are so many ways to make it, so I recommend checking out this article: How to Make Blue Cheese Dressing 5 Ways

Updated: 12/08/2012, Cheese411
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Veronica on 09/29/2015

Great recipes,.

I use lots of blue cheese. I must try the blue cheesecake !

Shropshire blue is a red cheese with a blue vein and I crumble that over cauliflower soup. Cosmic. I add blue cheese and cream to a sauce for fried chicken and add bluecheeseto the end of cooing time for an omelette and mix it with breadcrumbs and onion to go onto mushrooms and courgettes .

TY for posting.

cmoneyspinner on 09/29/2015

Blue cheese on a baked potato. Try it! :)

Mira on 12/09/2012

I'll make some blue cheese dip today. Thank you for the inspiration :)

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