Blue cheese is quick to disappear in our house, leaving mere crumbs for leftovers. However, if you happen to find some Roquefort, Blue Vinny, Gorgonzola or Stilton lurking at the back of the fridge and are looking for inspiration for how to make the most of it, here are 7 foods that pair perfectly with Blue Cheese.
Pears are the most obvious partner for blue cheese. These two aren’t just the food fad of the moment, they are in love and staying that way! The sweetness of the pears really compliments the saltiness of the cheese. Then there is the contrasting texture; the crunchy crisp pear with the soft, creamy blue. A match made in heaven!
Try this: Poach the pears in red wine with some star anise, cinnamon, cardamom and a grating nutmeg and serve them with blue cheese, walnuts and rocket.
Just like grapes, pears, apples and pineapple (YES pineapple + blue cheese is a divine combo), figs are another fruit that pairs nicely with blue cheese. A very simple explanation is the combining of salty, sharp and sweet flavours. The tangy savoury notes of blue cheese are wonderfully complimented by the natural sweetness found in fruit or even honey.
Try this: The luscious fig has found its way onto many a cheese board with great success. Simply pop 3 -5 figs onto one corner of your cheese board at your next dinner party and allow your guests enjoy!
It is the earthy flavour of mushrooms that makes it great mates with your Stilton or Roquefort. Legendary veggie burgers have been created from plonking a large portobello mushroom into a chewy sourdough bun and smothering it in a blue cheese sauce. Ooooh!
Try this: Take some Portabello mushrooms, remove the stalks and skins. Create a paste using garlic, olives, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, a few drops of balsamic vinegar and some olive oil. Rub the paste all over the underside of the mushrooms and bake in the oven for around 30 minutes. Take out the oven, and turn on the grill. Add a small dollop of blue cheese and place under the grill for a few minutes until the cheese is mouth watering-ly gooey. A low carb wonder!
When in season, this low calorie veggie provides a deliciously crunchy contrast to a smooth and creamy blue cheese. Celery contains vitamins A, C and K as well as several antioxidants.
Try this: This combination can be enjoyed simply by spreading a small amount of blue cheese onto the celery or you can create a dip like this one found on bbc good food
Raw walnuts have a gorgeous earthy flavour too and you only need a few to really elevate a dish from ordinary to delicious. The same principle applies to blue cheese in salads – i.e. a little goes a long way!
Try this: Crumble some blue cheese like the Organic Perl Las or the famous Irish Cashel Blue onto a washed mixed leaf salad and then add a small handful of raw roughly chopped walnuts, a dash of olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, honey, salt, pepper and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper.
Although technically a drink and not a food, I couldn’t resist adding port onto this list. Pairing a vintage port with a mature blue is another one of those classic combinations that is well known for good reason. Vintage Port is bursting with robust flavour and the piquancy and buttery soft texture of blue cheese ensure they match perfectly.
Try this: All you need for this combo is a great Port and a great Blue!
Again, not technically a food but included here regardless as people are often surprised by the fact that whisky and blue cheese are happy bedfellows. It has even been whispered that whisky pairs better with cheese than Wine! The complex flavours of an excellent Blue like the Organic Perl Las can pair beautifully with a peaty whisky.
Try this: Visit a specialist whisky shop and ask for help picking an ideal whisky for your blue cheese of choice. Good whisky isn’t cheap, so asking an expert is the best way of getting a good result.