MEATLESS MONDAY: Grape & Blue Cheese Truffles
Food blogging over these past few months has really been a lot of fun for me. Not only does it serve as my creative outlet, but it also allows me to meet new people, document recipes, and try out things that I never thought I would! I mean, I’ve been to some great restaurants, joined a CSA, tried many new recipes, and even hung out with some celebrity chefs. More than anything, I’ve made some really good friends along the way. And as the holidays are all about bringing people together, our Nashville Food Bloggers family got together last weekend at Love & Olive Oil‘s loft and had our very own holiday shindig!
This is the second event we’ve done together and both have been fun and exciting. For this shindig, we were supposed to bring a dish that was bite size. I was actually in Phoenix for a conference the day of the shindig, so when I got home, I needed to make an appetizer that was easy to put together and that did not require ingredient shopping. So I decided to make these grape and blue cheese truffles that are rolled in pistachios. It is a really cool dish since it’s a unique flavor combination. The grape on the inside is a little surprise and burst of acidity that cuts through the blue cheese, while the pistachios add that crunch factor and nuttiness. And if you are looking for something new and interesting to make for your holiday party, you should definitely try this one!
Grape and Blue Cheese Truffles (makes 30 truffles)
(Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen)
30 green or red grapes
4 oz cream cheese
8 oz creamy blue cheese (like gorgonzola)
3 tablespoons port
1 cup roasted pistachios, ground
First, make the blue cheese mixture by combining the cream cheese and blue cheese until well incorporated. Stir in the port and mix everything to combine.
Then, take a grape in one hand, and some of the cheese mixture in your other hand and put the grape in the cheese, making sure to cover it completely with the cheese. Then, roll in the ground pistachios. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
With something so creative, everyone will be talking about these truffles. Enjoy your holiday parties!