October 23, 2014

Blue By You Potatoes and Blue Cheese

On the Menu Today~
Blue By You and Blue Cheese

Today's recipe features:
"Blue" Potatoes and "Blue or Bleu" Cheese......
Is it "Blue" or "Bleu"??
Well, that depends.....
Either spelling is correct....
"Bleu" is French and
"Blue" is English.

"Bleu" means "blue" in French and
"Blue" means "blue" in English.
In English you would say blue cheese and
In French you would say fromage bleu, bleu, du bleu or bleu de [place/region where it was made] Example: Bleu de Bresse was first made in the Bresse area of France after World War II.

Well Known Blue Cheeses are:

Roquefort (French)
Gorgonzola (Italian)
Stilton (English)
Maytag Blue (American)
Danish Blue (Denmark)
Irish Cashel Blue (Ireland)
Spanish Cabrales (Northern Spain)

I'm a huge fan of Blue Cheese,
which wasn't always the case.
I never liked blue cheese when I was younger...
In fact,
I've only acquired a taste for blue cheese within the past 10 years.
Even though you don't like blue cheese now...
Give it a second...
Even fourth chance,
You might be surprised and actually like it.
Try different types of blue cheese and
Different brands....Not
all blue cheese taste the same.

Blue Cheeses range in flavor from sharp to robust and
the texture ranges from creamy to crumbly,
Depending on the age and style of the cheese.
there are no two Blue Cheeses that are alike,
therefore each blue cheese is judged individually.

When sampling blue cheese, keep in mind...
Danish Blue and Gorgonzola are considered the mildest,
Stilton has a moderately strong taste
Roquefort and Maytag Blue are considered strong
Irish Cashel Blue and Spanish Cabrales are robust and strong

Here in Wisconsin,
Roth Käse Cheese makes a delicately laced blue cheese called Buttermilk Blue.  
Buttermilk Blue is created from Wisconsin milk for the creamiest texture and
has a tangy, yet mellow flavor.
It's also perfect for cooking or snacking out of hand.
Buttermilk Blue recently won the 2014 Best of Class,
World Championship Cheese Contest.

Another wonderful Blue from Roth Käse is called Moody Blue. 
Moody Blue is a classic blue cheese made in small batches from Wisconsin milk.
Moody Blue is deliciously rich and creamy.
It's delicately smoked over fruit wood to create smoky undertones.

If you would like to order Wisconsin Cheese or
Any of the cheeses mentioned above go to: igourmet

Now on to the Blue Potatoes~
(they actually look more purple than blue in the photos...

Adirondack Blue is a hybrid potato variety,
that has both blue flesh and skin,
which is not always the case in the blue potato varieties.
Released by Cornell University potato breeders
Robert Plaisted, Ken Paddock, and Walter De Jong in 2003.

The Adirondack Blue has skin that is very high in antioxidants.
Adirondack Blues do not turn grey after boiling which makes them great for salads.
They do have a short shelf life and
should be used within a few days to weeks after purchasing,
depending on how fresh the potatoes were when you bought them.
Blue potatoes retain their blue color when made into potato chips.

Taste/Flavor: Rich, creamy and nutty

Texture: Firm, moist, holds shape after cooking

Uses: Baked, salads, mashed, steamed, boiled, roasted and potato chips

Blue By You Potatoes

  • 6 to 8 blue potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • large ziplock baggie
  • 6 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • blue cheese salad dressing, optional
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In large ziplock baggie, combine dry onion soup mix and oil. Add potatoes, mix together.
  3. Pour potato mixture onto parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. 
  5. Remove from oven and serve.

To serve; sprinkle potatoes with crumbled blue cheese
Serve with blue cheese dressing, if desired.

Potatoes, CheeseRoasted,

*The views and opinions stated here are strictly my own. 
I haven't been compensated in any way from any of the companies mentioned above. 

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