Friday, July 10, 2009

Apples & Walnuts with Stilton Cheese

OK, I know this is gonna sounds really crazy. But it's delicious! I saw it on the Style show a few years ago. This is a great thing to add to your fall menu as apples will be in season.
6oz Stilton cheese (this is expensive-if you don't want to splurge or can't find it, substitute another blue cheese such as gorgonzola)
1T extra virgin olive oil
1T red wine vinegar
2 T heavy cream
freshly ground black pepper
6 sweet eating apples (Braeburn,Gala,Red Delicious,Fuji,Pink Lady-I like to mix and match them), unpeeled, and cut into 1/2" dice
4 celery stalks, thinly slices
2 T dried raisins (I like golden ones for this)
1T fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (toasted if you want)

Take about 1/3 of the cheese and put it in the bottom of a large bowl. Add olive oil. Mash these with a fork. Then add the vinegar and continue to mash and mix. Add cream and pepper and mix well.You see where we're going with this- make a thick, chunky dressing. Add the apples, celery, raisins, and lemon juice to the bowl and mix well. Crumble remaining cheese and sprinkle it and the walnuts over top.
* variation sub pears for 2 of the apples or currents or cranberries for the raisins

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