Posted by Mira | Posted in Romantic ideas | Posted on 10-01-2012
Tags: blue cheese, cheese, picnic, picnic food, picnic food ideas, picnic snack
This is a very unusual recipe. It will be perfect as a romantic picnic food or better to say a romantic picnic snack. In this recipe I will be using bitter or better blue cheese like Dorblu, Roquefort, or Gorgonzola. I am using original Roquefort cheese and cream cheese. Also you will need pistachios or other seeds that you may like more. One thing to consider about the seeds would be that they should not have a sweet aftertaste – at least as far as I am concerned about this recipe. However you may take which you like and experiment maybe your combination may come more to your taste. Also we will need grapes – large grapes with seeds. Some people prefer grapes with seeds thus if it is not a problem for you leave the grapes as they are – just wash and dry them with paper towel. However if you don’t like the grape seeds cracking on your teeth then make a cut and take them out or just use large seedless grapes. I leave the seeds for a more piquant taste and fun.
The sweetish juicy middle and the salty bitter coat makes cheese balls a perfect picnic food for real gourmands. A glass of good wine will be a must for such a special picnic food. Ideally a proper pairing with salty bitter food would be a semi-hard sweetish type wine. Thus if using Dorblu, Roquefort, Gorgonzola, or other blue cheese you will need Cabernet Sauvignon, Port, Gruner Veltliner, or Merlot type of wine.
Gourmand Cheese Balls
Preparation time: 20 minutes, cooking time: no, yield: 6-7 cheese balls. In this recipe I am using the red globe grapes.
6-7 medium large round and sweet grapes (like globe grapes) or 10 olives
100g soft cheese, cream cheese, or processed (process) cheese
100g blue cheese (like Dorblu, Roquefort, or Gorgonzola)
150g pistachios or roasted (could be also salted) pumpkin seed kernels
Note: If you are using olives better to have the pitted ones. It would be also interesting to experiment with the stuffed olives. Use olives of the Spanish table type.
If using grapes then rinse and dry them using a paper towel. If using olives, no need to rinse them just, likewise, dry them with a paper towel.
If using pistachios, remove the shells and any unnecessary pieces. You will need only the green kernels. If using pumpkin seeds, remove the shells, pan-fry on a skillet shortly if needed. Nowadays you can easily find a great variety of seed kernels that are packed peeled and fried. Crush the kernels into small pieces.
Mash the blue cheese. Then combine it with soft cheese (cream cheese, or process cheese). Mix well. You may not need a food processor for that, a folk may be quite handy to mash and make the cheese mix.
Take one grape (or an olive) and about a teaspoonful of the cheese mix. With your fingers cover the cheese mix over the fruit and then allow it coat evenly as you roll the fruit between your palms.
You will see how a cheese ball forms itself quite fast. Make as many cheese balls as the cheese mix allows you to.
When done coat the cheese balls plentifully in the pistachios crumbs (slightly pressing them) .
Note: if you like, you can use sesame seeds with grapes.
The picnic food – a romantic picnic snack is ready. Now all you need is a good company and a bottle of semi-hard wine. Bon Appetite!
Useful information about the blue cheese:
Not many people often eat blue cheese. Some of them don’t find the look of the blue-green mold appetizing; the others fear the mold may have negative side-effects on health. If you find yourself in one of this group then the facts below may come very useful to you.
Blue cheese has wonderful benefits on health! The cheese mold in Latin is called “Penicillium roqueforti” – just like Roquefort cheese. Penicillium perfectly fights different harmful bacteria in the human body and organism. Also blue cheese is made from the goat’s milk. Thus this cheese will help young organism grow (as it has much calcium), others – to remain slim (as it is low in calories), and prevent cavities (due to calcium and milk protein). Goat cheese is rich in calcium, A and B vitamins, phosphorus, and iron. Besides it has less cholesterol and saturated fats.