Whipped Bleu Cheese Bites Recipe

Yields: 12-14 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

Whipped Bleu Cheese Dip:

  • 4 ounces bleu cheese crumbles (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (1/3-fat is fine)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk (or more as needed)

Balsamic Reduction:

  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

For Serving:

  • 12-14 slices of baguette, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 8-10 asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces (optional)
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (optional)

Equipment:

  • Food processor
  • Small saucepan
  • Baking sheet
  • Large skillet or saute pan
  • Plastic bag (for piping, optional)

Instructions:

Make the whipped bleu cheese:

  • Combine bleu cheese, cream cheese, white vinegar, olive oil, and black pepper in the food processor. Process until smooth.
  • While the food processor is running, slowly drizzle in milk 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach a thick, frosting-like consistency.

Make the balsamic reduction:

  • Place balsamic vinegar in the small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vinegar has reduced by half and becomes thick and syrupy. This should take about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Toast the baguette:

  • Arrange baguette slices on the baking sheet.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly toasted and golden.

Sauté the vegetables (optional):

  • Heat a drizzle of olive oil in the large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the asparagus and red onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender-crisp (asparagus) and softened (onion). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Assemble the bites:

  • If piping: Transfer the whipped bleu cheese to a plastic bag and snip off a corner. Pipe swirls of cheese onto each toasted baguette.
  • If spreading: Use a knife or small spoon to top each baguette with the whipped bleu cheese.
  • Top with a few pieces of asparagus and red onion, if using.
  • Drizzle with balsamic reduction.

Tips:

  • Flavor variations: Experiment with other cheeses like gorgonzola or goat cheese.
  • Make-ahead: Prepare the whipped bleu cheese dip and the balsamic reduction up to a day in advance. Store in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator.
  • No food processor? Mash the cheeses together thoroughly with a fork, then briskly whisk the remaining dip ingredients to create a similar airy texture.

Enjoy these elegant and flavorful whipped bleu cheese bites!

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