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Blue Cheese Pizza and Good Ingredient Pairings?

natewrites Oct 29, 2010 10:15 AM

My sister and I were trying to think what would be good pairings for homemade pizza using blue cheese. Other than mushrooms and blue cheese, or steak and blue cheese, I'm about out of ideas. There's recipes out there for hot wing pizza, but the ones I've seen use bottled blue cheese dressing (Yuck).

Anyone know of any good ideas for using blue cheese on a pizza?

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    Bigley9 Oct 29, 2010 10:21 AM

    There is a restaurant by me that does a smoked duck and gorgonzola pizza and when they take it out of the oven they top it with frisee. It is sublime!
    Also try a fig and blue cheese pizza - we do that for appetizer bites

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      natewrites Oct 29, 2010 10:24 AM

      Duck, I wonder what kind? My neighbor was saying he caught one this week (hunting season here), and that would be a great way of using it. Bake it maybe, then shred?

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        Bigley9 Oct 29, 2010 10:35 AM

        I'm a city girl - We use smoked duck breast, thin sliced, from D'Artagne! The smoke adds an extra dimension

    2. Cherylptw Oct 29, 2010 10:23 AM

      Blue cheese/crispy bacon/red grape halves
      Blue cheese/proscuitto/thinly sliced pears/walnuts or pecans
      Blue cheese/thinly sliced Vidalia onion or other sweet onion/turkey or chicken tenders/thinly sliced celery stalks or celery seed/drizzle of buffalo wing sauce or honey bbq sauce
      Blue cheese/blackened steak slices/baked potato slices/horseradish cream sauce/arugula when it comes out of the oven

      Don't use blue cheese dressing, use crumbled blue cheese

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        Erika L Oct 29, 2010 10:34 AM

        caramelized onions and fresh rosemary, maybe some toasted walnuts
        sauteed red, yellow, and orange bell peppers

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          atheorist Oct 29, 2010 10:42 AM

          Amen to caramelized onions. (bacon grease)

          May also be seasoned with parsley and or thyme.

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            Whats_For_Dinner Nov 1, 2010 09:09 PM

            Thirded. Definitely put some nice fresh thyme in with the onions. Do it in duck fat if you're feeling decadent.

        2. Monch Oct 29, 2010 10:36 AM

          Our local Italian restaurant does a gorgonzola and red wine poached fig pizza that I find deliscious!

          1. Perilagu Khan Oct 29, 2010 11:13 AM

            I'm very much a pizza traditionalist, but I also love blue cheese. I think I might be willing to give BC pizza whirl.

            Blue cheese and sliced meatballs?

            Blue cheese and diced, smoke ham?

            Bleu cheese and fresh oregano?

            1. msmarabini Oct 29, 2010 02:57 PM

              blue cheese with roast butternut squash/pumpkin and spinach pizza: I do a lasagna with this combination (using gorgonzola for the blue cheese) and the flavours seem to go together, as you have a nice sweetness in the squash/pumpkin to balance against the sharp tang of the blue cheese. The spinach lends an earthy flavour, and adds an extra veg into the mix.

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                julesrules Oct 30, 2010 06:35 AM

                My favourtie delivery pizza of several years now is standard sauce & mozz, plus gorgonzola, mushrooms, red peppers and artichoke hearts. It's rare I get stuck on something for this long! I'm ordering one tonight to have with a glass or two of red, to celebrate my baby's first birthday.

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                  EllenMM Oct 30, 2010 06:39 AM

                  Blue (gorgonzola) cheese, maple syrup roasted squash pieces, arugula was a huge here the other night.

                  1. darklyglimmer Oct 30, 2010 06:54 AM

                    +1 on the pears. A local restaurant does a pizza with gorgonzola and pears, a little arugula over the top - le yum. In general, I think blue cheese goes so well with a touch of sweetness; honey is nice, but I like the tartness of pears or apples. Add the rich crunch of some walnuts and I'm in heaven.

                    Also, can I suggest revisiting your buffalo chicken pizza? We love this, and we never use bottled blue cheese dressing. I use equal parts Frank's Red Hot and butter for the sauce, tossing the chicken in it and spreading a thin layer on the pizza crust. Then a pretty generous sprinkling of blue cheese and mozzarella (for gooey-ness), and after it's baked, some sliced green onions on top. I guess if you were into celery, you could add some chopped celery at that point, too, but I've never been convinced that celery deserves its status as food.

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                      el Mitch Nov 1, 2010 09:38 PM

                      + another 1 for pears! Pizza with thinly sliced pears, blue cheese, walnuts/pecans, and arugula is a favorite in my home. My local pizza place also does thinly sliced potato with gorgonzola and a few basil leaves.

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                        chitodc Nov 2, 2010 07:16 AM

                        Yet another vote for pears! We do one with blue cheese crumbles, pears and balsamic reduction drizzled after it comes out of the oven.

                        1. jmcarthur8 Nov 2, 2010 08:32 AM

                          Well, you've all convinced me...last night I told Hubby we should have a red, white and blue dinner for election night, and suggested pepperoni pizza for the red and white. He said to put blue cheese on it, and as much as I love blue cheese, I didn't know if I liked that idea.

                          So, thank you for all the great ideas here - now I don't have to go buy blue Kool-aid!

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