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Tasty Recipe for Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese

28 Dec

Blue cheese can be used to completely change up your tired old stand-by recipes, from stuffed chicken and burgers to pancakes and steak. This simple recipe is a great way to try blue cheese for the first time or get the whole family to enjoy something new mixed into a classic recipe.

Mac and Bleu Cheese with Crumbled Bacon

Macaroni and cheese recipes are usually made with Cheddar or American cheese. Unfortunately, this can get old quickly and it’s really suited to a child’s taste, not an adult’s palate. This is one of those cheese recipes that allows you to introduce people — including your children — to something new by pairing it with a familiar taste: Cheddar. The taste of the Gruyere and bleu cheese goes so well with the salty bacon and this recipe is always a hit.

Ingredients

4 ounces of bacon, thick-sliced style

Vegetable oil for cooking pasta

Kosher salt, to taste

2 cups of elbow macaroni, uncooked

1 and a half cups milk

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 ounces grated Gruyere cheese

3 ounces grated extra sharp Cheddar cheese

2 ounces Castello crumbled Danish Blue

Dash of nutmeg, ground pepper and salt

2 slices of white sandwich bread with the crusts removed, or bread crumbs

2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking dish with butter or cooking spray.

2. Bake bacon in the oven until crispy, about 20 minutes. Remove and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. When cool, crumble and set aside.

3. Cook pasta according to package directions with a bit of vegetable oil to prevent sticking.

4. Heat milk in a large saucepan over medium heat, watching carefully so it doesn’t boil. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a separate pot and add in the flour, whisking until incorporated. Cook the butter and flour over low for about two minutes while whisking.

5. Add the warm milk to the flour mixture and continue whisking until smooth and thickened. Remove the sauce from the heat and add all three cheeses, the nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Add the cooked pasta and crumbled bacon and stir. Pour into a prepared baking dish.

6. Pulse the bread in a food processor until crumbled; add basil and pulse once more to incorporate. Sprinkle crumbs over the pasta and bake around 40 minutes or until browned.

More excellent recipes for blue cheese are available at Castello USA.

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Easy to Make Blue Cheese Fritters

29 Nov

Fritters can be made from nearly any food that’s covered in batter and deep-fried, although it sometimes goes by another name. Shrimp tempura, for example, is basically a fritter although it uses meat instead of vegetables or cheese. Fritters are so much fun to make because you can really let your imagination go wild! This recipe is a really interesting take on the classic fritter, which usually uses apple or banana.

If you’re looking for a really easy appetizer or side dish, this is by far one of the best blue cheese recipes I’ve made. Give these savory blue cheese fritters a try when you have company coming over or you want to introduce your family to something new!

Easy Blue Cheese Fritters

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 5 ounces bread crumbs
  • 2 ounces finely diced chives
  • 4 ounces corn starch
  • 1.5 ounces baking powder
  • 4 cups beer (may substitute Sprite)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 20 ounces Castello Soft Blue Cheese
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

Directions
1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, bread crumbs, baking powder, cornstarch, chopped chives, salt and pepper. Slowly stir in beer or Sprite and mix well.
2. Refrigerate batter overnight.
3. Divide the blue cheese into about 30 pieces and roll into balls. Refrigerate until slightly firm. Remove batter from fridge.
4. Dip blue cheese balls into batter until completely coated.
5. Carefully drop the fritters into the oil and cook for about one minute.
6. Cook fritters evenly and use a spoon to transfer onto paper towels. Allow to drain and cool before eating.

Nutritional Information
Per serving (two fritters)
450 calories
26g total fat
28 mg cholesterol
602g total carbohydrates
1.5g fiber
12.5g protein

Recipe Suggestions
Want to mix this recipe up a bit? Here are some more ideas you can try.

  • Try using 2 parts blue cheese to 1 part grated Parmesan cheese. This adds a really interesting texture and a saltier taste.
  • Season the cheese with oregano or lemon juice.
  • If you haven’t quite acquired a taste for blue cheese recipes yet, try making these fritters with 8 parts cream cheese to 2 parts blue cheese. This is a much lighter fritter and you can use reduced fat cream cheese to reduce the calories.
  • You can substitute the bread crumbs for Panko bread crumbs for a finer texture. You can also try seasoned bread crumbs if you want a little more flavor!
  • Mix slivered almonds and sweet red bell pepper into the blue cheese for a gourmet appetizer.