It’s here at last — the official weekend of cheese binging. (Others may refer to it as Super Bowl weekend.) And as is our tradition, we’re here to help you elevate your #BigGameCheese with real cheese. As fate would have it, both teams’ colors are blue this year, so we’ve got two Super Blues facing off for a spot on your cheeseboard: Berkshire Blue of Massachusetts and Big Boy Blue of Washington.
BIG BOY BLUE: “Big Boy Blue is, as you might infer from its name, a big bold blue. With a mottled grey natural rind it is earthy and a little funky, but still a little sweet and quite creamy to temper the blue cheese tang.” A Jersey cows-milk blue from Washington’s Willapa Hills Cheese.
Now you could just set a hunk of blue on your cheeseboard, use it to make wing sauce, or toss it on some fancy-schmancy nachos — but you know we had to make a Super Cheese Ball. I used a New England blue, and as both Washington state and New England are known for their summer berries, blueberry jam was a natural sweet addition. A little shallot and tangy buttermilk keep it savory, and chopped chives mixed with the walnut coating take it blue and green if your loyalties lie with the Seahawks.
Blueberry Chive Blue Cheese Ball
Makes 16 servings
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 1/3 lb.)
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
- 1 tablespoon blueberry jam
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1. In mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, buttermilk and shallot until smooth. Add jam and blue cheese and mix on medium low until fully incorporated.
2. Shape into ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
3. Combine chopped walnuts and chives in a bowl. Gently roll cheese ball in mixture to evenly coat. Re-wrap in clean plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
Serve with pita chips, pretzels and/or celery sticks.
What are your #BigGameCheese plans?