Talk about bold flavor! I concocted this delight after an evening out with the girls…tons of appetizers to sample, great conversation, and never-ending wine. What could be better? Our sampler platter included a variety of bruschetta- rich eggplant tapenades, sweet caramelized onions and bold and sharp blue cheese goodness. The moment I sank my teeth into the blue cheese, I knew I was onto something. But why not add some sweet, some tangy, and change up the bread? Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have a weakness for cheese. After all, wasn’t cheese meant to be sprinkled, spread and piled over every ounce of food that passes through your lips?
So…fast forward to the next morning in my “test kitchen” (I don’t believe 7 hours had even passed). For the “sweet”, I finely diced a crisp green apple. For the “tangy” I whipped up some balsamic glaze. And for the base, I sliced and toasted a baguette. What a delightful “breakfast”. The only missing component was a glass of white wine to wash it all down (but not at that hour). Here is my delicious rendition of the blue cheese baguette -bold, sharp flavor with a hint of sweetness.
Blue Cheese Baguettes
1 granny smith apple, finely diced
3 oz. crumbled blue cheese
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 French baguette
¼ cup olive oil
Prepare the balsamic glaze:
Bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil in a medium size sauce pan. Lower the heat to medium and continue to cook until the vinegar thickens and reduces by half. Set the glaze aside in a glass bowl to cool
In a medium size bowl, combine the diced apple and crumbled blue cheese.
Thinly slice the baguette and place each slice on a cookie sheet. With a pastry brush, lightly coat one side of each baguette slice with olive oil. Broil on low until lightly browned. Scoop one heaping spoonful of the blue cheese mixture onto each baguette slice. Drizzle each slice with balsamic glaze. Mangia!
Turn it into a meal -for a delicious variation, pile some of the blue cheese mixture over shredded lettuce. Top with grape tomatoes, chopped pecans (glazed pecans taste divine), ranch dressing and balsamic glaze.