With its creamy-rich texture and distinct, somewhat salty flavor, Roquefort Cheese is kind of the Cadillac of cheeses. Roquefort is a type of blue cheese made from sheep's milk and it has a very unique flavor. It's also one of my husband's favorite cheeses.
So, when I came across this cheese at our local market I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make a few appetizers for the upcoming holidays.
First, we started with olives. Big queen-sized olives. These would be the perfect shell for the creamy Roquefort. The best part is, this isn't really a recipe as much as just an assembly project, and a great project to get your kids involved in.
To make the olives, remove the pimento from the center of the olive, if necessary, and use a small spoon (a baby spoon works great!) to fill the olive with the cheese. It takes a bit of patience, but the results are delicious.
Our second project was deviled eggs. We started with a small batch of 6 hard-cooked eggs, sliced in half and the centers placed in a medium bowl. Place the egg whites on a plate and set aside.
Crumble the egg yolks lightly with a fork and add a pinch of salt, (not too much is needed because the cheese is slightly salty), 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and 1 tablespoon of Roquefort cheese. Crumble the cheese into the mixture and blend with a fork until the filling is very smooth and creamy. Use a small spoon, or a piping bag if you want to get fancy, and fill the egg whites with the yolk filling. Place a small sliver of Roquefort cheese on top of each egg half and serve.
The best thing about appetizers like this is that they can be prepared hours before a party. Just cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.