The flavor of roasted shallots is so versatile, however, that with or without the blue cheese you can serve the shallots as a side dish for chicken, steak or pork or use the roasted shallots to garnish burgers, sandwiches, salads and pasta. Roasted shallots can also be served alongside a cheese plate. In addition to blue cheese, they pair well with cheddar, many types of Swiss cheese and goat cheese.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Yield: 4 appetizer servings
- 10 ounces of shallots (about 10 unpeeled shallots)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic or sherry vinegar
- 1/4 pound blue cheese, crumbled
Preheat oven to 400 F
Peel shallots. Cut larger shallots in half. Place the shallots in a baking pan.
Whisk together the olive oil and vinegar and coat the shallots with the mixture.
Cover the pan tightly with foil or a lid and roast the shallots for 30 minutes. Flip the shallots over, cover again, and roast another 20 - 30 minutes until shallots are deeply browned, sweet and soft.
Sprinkle blue cheese on the shallots and serve.
© recipe 2012 Jennifer Meier licensed to About.com, Inc.
Buying Blue Cheese
The unique look of blue cheese is a result of specific types of mold added during the process of making blue cheese and an additional step in the aging process called "needling".The molds added to blue cheese are derived from the genus Penicillium. The most widely used molds in blue-veined cheeses are Penicillium Roqueforti and Penicillium Glaucum.
Cheese shops and grocery stores are usually well-stocked with many different types of blue cheese. For the best flavor, buy whole wedges of blue cheese and crumble it yourself, rather than buying pre-crumbled blue cheese. Some types of blue cheese to look for:
Bayley Hazen Blue by Jasper Hill Farms
Great Hill Blue by Great Hill Dairy
Maytag Blue by Maytag Dairy
Buttermilk Blue by Roth Kase
Salemville, Gorgonzola & Smokehouse Blue by Salemville Cheese Co-op
Asher Blue by Sweet Grass Dairy
Blue cheeses by Rogue Creamery
Cooking with Blue CheeseSalads