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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.

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.

How to Pick a Good Cheese

1 Sep

Cheese PlatterPicking a good cheese is largely dependent upon an individual’s taste. With endless possibilities to be found in your grocer’s refrigerated section, or even at the local cheese store, it can be difficult to know what to look for when picking a cheese. There are several different kinds of cheese – soft cheese, hard cheese, creamy cheese and each one may contain different types of animal milk. The most commonly used milk is that of a cow, but it is not uncommon to also see goat’s and sheep’s milk being used in several varieties of cheese. Here are some tips to help you pick out a good cheese whether you simply want to incorporate it into dinner or you are having a party where a good cheese selection is part of the offerings.

Ask an Expert

If you are lucky enough to have a local cheese store nearby, you can benefit from asking an expert. Most people who own their stores have taken the time to get to know the individual varieties of cheeses as well as the distinguishable features of each. An expert, for example, can help you understand the difference between the several varieties of blue cheese that are available for purchase. Some blue cheeses are mild while others are pungent and each is likely to complement a separate type of food or wine. This is because of the aging process, the type of milk – cow, goat or sheep – that was used and the type of mold that is present within the cheese.

Taste Several Varieties

Cheese PlatterWhen it comes to picking a good cheese, buying several different ones to taste can become quite costly. Rather, find a shop that will allow you to taste their cheese prior to purchase. You will not likely find this service in a grocery store, as they are already prepackaged for sale, but visiting a cheese shop or even a farmer’s market can turn you on to cheeses that you otherwise would not have tasted, let alone bought. In the case of blue cheese, try the several different brands available including:

  • Gorgonzola
  • Roquefort
  • Stilton
  • Cabrales

Each of these cheeses is made in different countries and can be used in many cheese recipes. Only by tasting the differences, will you be able to tell which cheese will be good for your purpose. Blue cheese is amazingly versatile and can be used as an addition to a meal or by itself on a cheese platter.

Culinary Arts & Food Inspiration

22 Jun

Culinary arts is a popular occupation held by many chefs. The art of cooking and preparing food has been a top industry in the food and beverage sector. Chefs are known as artists in this industry for their excellent abilities in the craft. If you ask a good cook what goes into their food they will always respond with “love!” Food is about family coming together. The body requires nourishment from food to survive so it is a definite staple in our culture that something biological makes us tick.

Various recipes in cooking food exist today. For example, blue cheese salad has blue cheese sprinkled on the top of it. Also, the turkey and blue cheese meatball recipe calls for a cook to use blue cheese as an art form in creating the perfect dish.

It is important for a chef that is creating recipes to write down the ingredients and directions to the recipe. This is so if anyone asks the chef for the recipe he or she can give it to them if it is not a secret recipe. Also, it is important for the chef to write it down so that the chef can use it if any ingredient or direction is forgotten. Top chefs memorize all their recipes and know it like the back of their hands.

Culinary artists tend to go to culinary art schools to further their learning before entering a professional career in cooking food. The preparation of food is a vital skill to learn in an institution of higher knowledge and education. A simple internet search will yield various schools of food preparation that anyone with a yearning and passion for cooking can attend.

The world is a great place to explore and eat different kinds of foods. For example, blue cheese has been found to be cultivated in different continents of the world. Simply trying the blue cheese imported and exported from around the world is a way to try new flavors of the food. Different chefs from different continents from different cultures can put a twist or a new spin on your favorite dish. The world is a exciting place to not only try new foods and different recipes but to learn of the history and culture behind the creation and cultivation of the food. It would take years if not centuries to learn about the entire facet of food cultivation. With this in mind, so much knowledge to learn can keep a chef busy for years to come with great new recipes and preparations of cooked food.