June 17, 2011

Blueberry-Bleu Cheese Spread

Last night after work, my friend Kristen hosted a divine Summer Dinner Party on her deck. 
She grilled steaks, fresh crisp asparagus and mushrooms...

A few of us who knew each other "way back when" had a blast browsing through yearbooks, laughing about how we used to feather our hair and spend the summer's babysitting so we could afford Gunne Sax dresses, Sbicca rope sandals, and fat tubes of Bonnie Bell lip gloss that you could hang from a string as a necklace.  (Dr. Pepper and Watermelon flavor were my favorite).

I arrived early and tossed together a few ingredients in Kristen's food processor to make a savory dip.  We ate it spooned onto whole wheat party crackers with a thin slice of green apple, which was a wonderful combination of contrasting flavors and textures.  It was even the perfect addition with our steaks... a generous dollop, melting over the caramelized meat. 

This spur of the moment recipe was a definite keeper:

Blueberry-Bleu Cheese Spread/Dip

1 small tub of crumbled Bleu Cheese (preferably Danish)
1 8oz block of cream cheese
1 pint of fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 Tbs sweet hot chili sauce
1/2 cup or so of toasted chopped walnuts
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper (or to taste)

As you toast the chopped walnuts on low heat in a small pan on the stove top, whir together the bleu cheese, blueberries, cream cheese, sweet hot chili sauce, salt and pepper in a food processor. (about 2 minutes)
Stir in the toasted walnuts and then sprinkle on the sliced green onion.  Garnish with a few fresh blueberries.  If you have time, refrigerate for one hour so the flavors meld. 

This would also be terrific served with thinly sliced toasted baguette. 
(and the tangy green apple makes a great flavor addition, so try not to leave it out)

~Enjoy friends and good food this weekend Kittens!

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