Breaking up Blue Cheese
Cooking tips for the caring cook.
A Bit About Blue Cheese
Blue cheese is a general classification of cow's milk and/or goat's milk cheeses with a blue or blue-green mold. The blue mold in these cheeses is due to mold spores. Today most blue cheeses (bleu cheese) are either injected with the mold, as with Roquefort, or the mold is mixed right in with the curds, as it is with Gorgonzola, to insure even distribution of the mold.
Blue cheese had a unique flavor which is typically appreciated eaten at room temperature, alone. Popular ways to serve Blue Cheese are with fruit, on crackers and with wine. The flavor can vary from nutty to sour or tangy.
Blue cheese is often crumbled up to use in salads. But fresh blue cheese is a soft, dense cow's milk cheese with seams of blue mold running through it. Breaking up blue cheeses by hand can be a gooey mess.
Break it Up!
- To avoid this mess, chill the piece of blue cheese in the freezer for about ten minutes, or until firm. This sets up the blue cheese, making it much easier to break it into fine-grained pieces without smearing.
Well made blue cheese is moist, creamy, and packed with intense flavors. It can be used in salads, quiches, and spreads.
More Uses for Crumbled Blue Cheese
- A dressing with Buffalo Wings.
- A dressing for raw vegetables, specifically carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
- Sprinkled on grilled beef steaks, specifically New York and Kansas City Strips.
- On hamburgers, especially covered with Cajun seasoning to form what is referred to as the "BLack and Blue" burger.
- Crumbled onto grilled or roasted lamb, or melted into a sauce with the juice from cooked lamb.
- Flavor a risotto or a polenta. Mixed with other popular Italian cheeses, it forms the condiment for pasta quattro formaggi (a four cheese sauce).
A little bit of blue cheese goes a long way, and is well worth experimenting with.
BBQ Rice Crackers Recipe
Once you've mastered breaking up your blue cheese, try these flavorful BBQ treats!
1/3 ounce blue cheese
6 mini BBQ rice cakes
1 teaspoon chopped scallion
Divide the blue cheese among the rice cakes and spread. Sprinkle with scallions. Makes 1 serving.
Nutrition information: Calories: 102; Calories from Fat: 51; Fat: 5.7g; Saturated Fat: 3.6g; Cholesterol: 14mg; Sodium: 293mg; Carbohydrates: 7.9g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Protein: 4.8g
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