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Feb 17, 2013 02:30 PM

Random idea: Fra Diavolo sauce with blue cheese?

I am clearly too unoccupied on my staycation and pondering
Fra Diavolo, but am also in the mood for blue cheese. Has anyone ever tried this? It seems like just a variation of blue cheese marinara which works. I'd hate to ruin a good lb of shrimp so that I'd inquire if anyone has a better palette to judge likely good flavor combinations.

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  1. I would put the cheese on some nice bread and eat it along with the Fra Diavolo.

    1. I could maybe get behind blue cheese and fra diavolo sauce, but not with shrimp. With chicken, perhaps. But I would probably try that combo on its own, or as a side dish for beef. Or, as kengk suggested, just have some blue cheese toasts as a first course and keep your shrimp fra diavolo separate.

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      1. re: biondanonima

        I think the blue cheese bread sound great.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          Or bleu cheese dressing on some salad, or garlic bread with bleu cheese/gorgonzola broiled on top which is a big favorite around here. No to Fra Diablo however. It might be nice as a bleu cheese/gorgonzola sauce by itself, but no seafood, please.

          Of course, if it's only you, go right ahead, I've made some pretty wacky things when I don't have to share with anyone.

      2. I've never heard of "blue cheese marinara" either! This sounds like a riff on Buffalo chicken wings ? Also I'm not a complete purist when it comes to the Italian "rule" about no cheese on seafood, but I'm not seeing this either.

        1. Ouch. Too many moving parts with strong flavors that don't meld well.

          1. Yea I actually had a piece of bleu and my in the head craving died. I went with a lovely plate of shrimp fra diavolo with mushrooms. I think we all seemed to come to the same conclusion.

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            1. re: fldhkybnva

              How did you prepare the mushrooms? When we're feeling decadent, we'll saute quarters or halves, depending on size, in butter with s&p and garlic powder. Get 'em with a little crust on them and sprinkle with blue cheese at the very end. But I don't really see that with your main. More of a red meat accompaniment.

              1. re: c oliver

                I love your idea. I often do roasted mushrooms with blue cheese. Tonight I just did a quick saute and threw them in at the end.