25 Ways to Use Blue Cheese

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Whether your team is playing in the Super Bowl or you’re just there for the food, the real star of the day is blue cheese. Whether it’s gorgonzola, Roquefort or stilton, stinky and creamy blue cheese has you covered for all of your party needs. And when the party’s over? There are recipes for that hunk of leftover blue cheese as well.

  1. I’ll start you off with some buffalo wings: Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce and Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Blue Cheese Aioli, Buffalo Chicken Lollipop Wings with Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dip and Bobby's Buffalo Chicken Sliders.
  2. And if you wanted those wings without the Buffalo sauce? You know I’ve got you covered: Hot Wings with Blue Cheese Yogurt Sauce, Spicy Chicken Wings and Chicken Wings with Red Hot Honey Glaze and Blue Cheese Celery Dipping Sauce.
  3. Nigella Lawson's Universally Useful Blue Cheese Dressing is a great tool to have in your arsenal. What’s better to add to wings or dress up a weeknight salad?
  4. There a time and place for a classic grilled cheese, and then there's always time for Great Hill Blue Grilled Cheese, filled with prune jam, fresh pear slices and blue cheese on cranberry walnut bread. It's all cooked in clarified butter, which is easy to make: heat a stick of butter over low heat until the solids float to the top. Spoon off those solids and you should be left with clarified butter, which has a higher smoke point than the stick of butter you started out with.
  5. Sweet, savory and on a stick, Date and Blue Cheese Stuffed Meatballs (pictured above) will be a hit at your next party.
  6. Chuck Hughes raises the salad bar with beer reduction blue cheese dressing and homemade spicy beer nuts: Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing and Spicy Beer Nuts.
  7. Leftover blue cheese makes for an easy snack, Chips with Blue Cheese Fondue. Iron Chef Michael Symon recommends using flaky Maldon sea salt to finish the homemade chips.
  8. Hated beets as a kid? Slow Roasted Beets with Blue Cheese, Watercress and Toasted Walnuts will change your mind. Don’t forget, the better the quality of balsamic, the better your salad will turn out.
  9. Use Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese as a full meal on Meatless Mondays or as a side dish for every other day.
  1. Green Beans with Walnuts, Cranberries and Blue Cheese is served cold or at room temperature, so it can be made ahead of time (just dress the side dish when you’re ready to serve). Blanching green beans and then shocking them in ice water stops the cooking process, leaving your beans bright green and crisp.
  2. Pizza with NY Strip, Blue Cheese and Balsamic Glaze is everything you want about a steak salad, except it’s on a pizza.
  3. Boston Bibb Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash, Georgia Pecans, Blue Cheese and Warm Bacon Brown Sugar Vinaigrette is a winterized salad, perfect to bring to work. Acorn Squash can be a tough nut to crack, so split it in half with a large chef knife and roast it to make peeling the skin off a breeze.
  4. Terrines are normally made from forcemeat, but Laura Calder’s Blue Cheese and Dried Fruit Terrine combines blue cheese with mascarpone for a slightly sweet (and vegetarian) version.
  5. Not into the football scene? Plan an at-home spa day complete with afternoon tea and Blue Cheese and Walnut Tea Sandwiches.
  1. Your burgers will never be the same once you start stuffing them like Michael Chiarello’s Stuffed Roasted Garlic Paste and Blue Cheese Hamburgers. Garlic paste is easy to make at home, just roast garlic in the oven for a while and mash it up.
  2. Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Golden Beet and Blue Cheese Puree is a simple date-night dish that gets all its flavor from an overnight marinade.
  3. Emeril's Chili Over Crispy Potatoes and Crumbled Blue Cheese will fill up even the hungriest football fans.
  4. The green in Green Gnocchi with Blue Cheese (Gnocchi Verde Carduta del Formaggio) comes from spinach and the gnocchi is then tossed into a blue cheese-butter-grappa sauce. Grappa is an Italian grape brandy normally served after dinner as a digestivo.
  5. Blue cheese also has a sweet side. Try out Emeril’s Blue Cheese and Brie Quesadillas with a Pear and Brown Sugar Compote or Apple Crepes.
  6. All of the best parts of brunch (eggs, smoked salmon and bacon) combine for a super salad: Smoky Salmon, Crispy Bacon and Maytag Blue Cheese Salad.
  7. What would a list of cheese recipes be without a mac and cheese recipe? Emeril’s Maytag Blue Mac and Cheese will warm you up from the inside-out.
  8. Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Butter and Grilled Grapes has Valentine’s Day dinner written all over it. Champagne grapes are sweet and tiny; grill them just long enough to soften and char up a little bit.
  9. Proving it’s never too cold to fire up the grill: Grilled Mangoes with Blue Cheese and Honey.
  10. Slightly sweet Pear Soup balances out perfectly with blue cheese bruschetta on the side.
  11. Four ingredients and 15 minutes is all you need for game-day side dish Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Blue Cheese Souffle.

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