Blue cheese. People either love it or hate it. I’m in the love it category, enjoying it since childhood. It’s one of those exotic cheeses that seems to go in and out of fashion in America but I’ve seen more and more restaurants incorporating blue cheese into their savory dishes and lighting the taste buds back up for this very flavorful, tangy salty selection.
My favorite way though to eat Roquefort is on a cheese plate with some fruit. The salty tangy creaminess is balanced well against pears and apples. This is a very simple, clean little nibble that will happily start any dinner party or join a parade of party food. This can also double for a dessert and is especially festive at the holidays. In one rendition I candied the walnuts and even sprinkled some gingerbread crumbs.
Roquefort is like champagne; it has a protected designation of origin and by European law only bears the name when aged in the natural Combalou caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon. France has Roquefort; Italy has Gorgonzola, both very loved and popular blue cheeses, but there is another distinction aside from geography. Roquefort is a raw sheep’s milk cheese and Gorgonzola comes from cow’s milk. I have a big love for sheep’s milk cheese so I’m more likely to choose Roquefort whenever I want blue cheese. This particular selection from Ile de France is outstanding. You can see details for their generous give away below. Although I was sent this cheese complimentary, I only agreed to write about it if it was something I truly love. If you read the history of Ile de France cheese, you will find out some fascinating cheese facts. They were the first company to import Brie cheese to America in 1936 and that was one happy day as far as I’m concerned.
Roquefort is a beautiful cheese with gorgeous blue color. Very tangy and salty. A little goes a long way, which is exactly what I want in a party food or a dessert.
The balancing act here is the sweetness of the pear or apple and the crunchy texture of the walnut with that special note of Roquefort. It’s not just a beautiful tray to set out either before a meal, after a meal or at party. It is a special taste of flavors.
- 2 Pears, sliced thin-to medium (can also use apples or a combination)
- squeeze of lemon over each pear or apple slice
- Roquefort Cheese (1 teaspoon per pear slice)
- Walnuts, toasted (one half per slice)
- Pomegranate arils (2-3 per pear slice)
- Gingerbread crumbs
- to sprinkle (optional)
- Prepare right before serving, Slice pears.
- Squeeze lemon juice. top just the tip with cheese, walnut, pomegranate. If you want to have some fun, top with some crumbled gingerbread cookie.