Blue Cheese Spread

Blue Cheese Spread

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 28 servings
Yield: 3 1/2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
29 Calories
3g Fat
0g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 28
Amount per serving
Calories 29
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 17mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A tangy blue cheese dip is the ultimate in versatility. This quick spread is perfect for game night spreads, BBQ gatherings, or to keep at hand for quick assembly of wraps and sandwiches for lunches during the work week. Try it as a thicker dipping sauce with Buffalo wings, chicken strips, and vegetable dippers. It's also an excellent condiment for burgers, all sorts of sandwiches, or on top of crackers or breadsticks. This spread uses cream cheese to get its thicker consistency compared to a more traditional blue cheese dip or dressing. Fresh herbs like parsley and chives are a great addition, so be sure to experiment with what you like best.

Blue cheese is one of the most expensive cheeses per pound that there is. It can be made with cow, goat, or sheep's milk and is aged with cultures of the Penicillium mold. The distinct look and flavor are greatly favored by cheese lovers around the world, with the best blue cheeses coming from Europe. France, Great Britain, Italy, and Germany lead the world production of this type of aged cheese. That's why when you buy blue cheese made elsewhere than the United States, you are paying additional costs from the import of the product. For this recipe there is no need to go overboard with the most expensive type. Simply find a locally made blue cheese that won't break your bank but that will still inject the mixtures with that delicious sharp and tangy flavor.

Keep the mixture in the fridge until it's time to serve, and any unused amounts can be kept refrigerated for up to 3 to 4 days. Use the dip as an addition to your cheese boards, or pack a little container of it in your kid's lunchbox to dip baby carrots and celery sticks. Use the spread on innovative sandwiches with cold smokey cold cuts and fruit jams—for instance, smoked ham, fig preserve, and the blue cheese spread. Thinned with some olive oil, the dip also makes a thick dressing for salads that's wonderful with vegetable dishes that have a hint of sweetness, as the blue cheese pairs very well with figs, raisins, and dates.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

  • Optional: 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives

  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Blue Cheese Spread ingredients

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  2. In a bowl combine the softened cream cheese with the 4 ounces of crumbled blue cheese, chopped walnuts, if using, the snipped chives, and chopped parsley. Blend well.

    Blue Cheese Spread in a bowl

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  3. Taste and add salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed. 

    blue cheese dip in a bowl, with salt and pepper

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  4. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled before serving.

    Blue Cheese Spread in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap

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