Blackened Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette Friday, Jun 27 2014 

1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 ounce blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)
2 heads romaine lettuce, halved lengthwise 
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

Combine first 7 ingre­dients in a small bowl. Sprinkle chicken evenly with paprika mixture. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Let stand 5 minutes; cut across the grain into thin slices.

Combine oil and next 5 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon salt) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in cheese.

Place 1 lettuce half and 1/4 cup tomatoes on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with 1 sliced chicken breast half, and drizzle each with about 1 1/2 tablespoons vinaigrette.

Amount per serving: Calories 349, Fat 14.4g, Saturated fat 3.4g, Monounsaturated fat 6.8g, Polyunsaturated fat 2g, Protein 42.1g, Carbohydrate 13.9g, Fiber 7.7g, Cholesterol 114mg, Iron 4.2mg, Sodium 639mg, Calcium 165mg

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Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts Friday, Jan 24 2014 

2 ozs bacon, finely chopped
1/2 cup (2 ozs) crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped seeded tomato
1/2 tsp salt, divided
4 (6-oz) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsps olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°.

Cook guanciale in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat 10 minutes or until crisp, stirring frequently; remove from pan. Combine bacon, 1 tablespoon drippings, cheese, tomatoes, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl, stirring well.

Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons cheese mixture into each pocket; secure with a wooden pick. Sprinkle both sides of chicken evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Wipe pan clean with paper towels. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; sauté 4 minutes. Turn chicken over. Place pan in oven; bake at 400° for 8 minutes or until chicken is done. Let stand 5 minutes. Discard wooden picks. Cut chicken diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices, if desired. Serve with pan juices.

Inspired by Cooking Light, page 56

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Fig and Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Thursday, Jul 11 2013 

1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1/2 cup dried figs, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon apple jelly, melted

Preheat oven to 450°.

Slice the pork in half lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open the halves, laying pork flat. Place pork between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle figs and blue cheese over pork, leaving a 1/2-inch margin around outside edges. Roll up the pork, jelly-roll fashion, starting with long side. Secure at 2-inch intervals with twine. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper, and place on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Brush jelly over the pork. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink). Let stand for 10 minutes. Discard twine; cut pork into 12 (1-inch-thick) slices.

Cooking Light, January 2007

Blue Cheese Burgers Friday, Apr 26 2013 

Burgers
2 pounds ground beef
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1 shallot, finely minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
3 ounces blue cheese
8 hamburger buns
8 small lettuce leaves
8 thin slices tomato
8 thin slices red onion

Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup ranch dressing
2 tablespoons chopped pickle
1 teaspoon hot sauce

Make burgers: In a large bowl, combine beef, parsley, shallot, salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne. Using your fingers, mix gently but thoroughly. Divide meat mixture into 16 disks. Portion cheese into 8 small disks and place in the center of 8 hamburger disks. Top with remaining hamburger disks, pressing to seal.

Make sauce: In a bowl, combine ketchup, dressing, pickle and hot sauce. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Preheat grill to medium. Grill hamburgers for about 7 minutes (for medium-rare), turning once. Remove from heat and let rest for 2 minutes. Grill buns, cut sides down, for 30 seconds.

Serve burgers on buns with sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

All You Magazine, May 2012

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Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Pears Thursday, Apr 25 2013 

4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops, trimmed
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1 ripe pear, cored and cut into 16 wedges

Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each pork chop to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese into each pocket. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper evenly over both sides of pork. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan; sauté for 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan, and let stand for 5 minutes.

Melt butter in pan; swirl to coat. Add pear; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Serve with pork.

Cooking Light, October 2011

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Blue Cheese—Stuffed Pork Chops with Pears Friday, Feb 8 2013 

Hands-on time: 24 min., Total time: 24 min., Serves 4 (serving size: 1 stuffed pork chop and 4 pear wedges).

4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops, trimmed
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1 ripe pear, cored and cut into 16 wedges
1 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each pork chop to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons crumblcd blue cheese into each pocket. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper evenly over both sides of pork. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan; sauté for 3  minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan, and let stand for 5 minutes.

Melt butter in pan; swirl to coat.  Add pear. Sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Serve with pork.

 

Steak and Blue Cheese Panini Tuesday, Apr 10 2012 

2 Strip steaks, about 1 1/2 inches thick, sliced thin crosswise
Salt and Pepper
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, halved and sliced thin
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained
8 slices thick cut crusty bread

1. Pat steak dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook half of steak until browned all over, about 3 minutes. Transfer to plate. Repeat with additional 2 teaspoons oil and remaining steak. Add onion and 1 teaspoon oil to now-empty skillet and cook until browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Off heat, add vinegar and transfer onion to plate with meat.

2. Combine mayonnaise, blue cheese, and horseradish in small bowl. Brush remaining oil over 1 side of bread. Place bread, oiled side down, on cutting board. Spread each slice with flavored mayonnaise. Top 4 slices of bread with steak-onion mixture. Top with remaining bread, oiled side up.

3. Heat grill pan or large nonstick skillet over medium heat for 1 minute. Place 2 sandwiches in pan and weight with Dutch oven. Cook sandwiches until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Serve.

Yield: Serves 4

Cook’s Country, February/March 2011

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Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops with Pears Tuesday, Mar 6 2012 

4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops, trimmed
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1 ripe pear, cored and cut into 16 wedges

Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each pork chop to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese into each pocket. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper evenly over both sides of pork. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan; sauté for 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan, and let stand for 5 minutes.

Melt butter in pan; swirl to coat. Add pear; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Serve with pork.

Cooking Light, October 2011

Calories: 246, Fat 13g (sat 5.5g, mono 1g, poly 4.8g), Protein 24.4g, Carbs 7.3g, Fiber 1.4g, Chol 81mg, Iron 0.8, Sodium 493,Calc 98mg

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Penne with Spinach and Blue Cheese and Walnut Sauce Friday, Feb 10 2012 

Serves 4

8 oz Fresh baby Spinach leaves
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
12 oz penne pasta
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 oz crumbled Blue Cheese
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
3 Tablespoons sliced chives

Toast walnuts at 350 degrees for about 6 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook penne according to package directions. Rinse spinach in a colander in the sink. Drain pasta in the same colander over the spinach.

In a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat, cook the cream, blue cheese, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring frequently. When it thickens, in about 2-3 minutes, reduce the heat to medium and add the spinach and pasta. with the walnuts and chives. Cooking stirring contantly until sauce is absorbed by the pasta. Serve.

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Mini Bacon Blue Cheese Burgers Thursday, Feb 2 2012 

Makes 2 1/2 dozen mini burgers

2 pounds ground chuck
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons Dijon style mustard
2 (11 ounce) packages frozen Parker-House style rolls, split and toasted
Garnish – shredded lettuce, sliced cherry tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom half of a broiler pan with aluminum foil, top with broiler grate. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine ground chuck, bacon, blue cheese, Worcestershire, garlic, pepper, and salt. Shape mixture into 30 (2 inch) patties. Place on prepared broiler pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream and mustard. Spread mayonnaise mixture on bottom halves of rolls; top each with one burger. Top with shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes, if desired. Spread mayonnaise mixture on top halves of rolls, and place on tomatoes. Serve immediately.

Southern Favorites 2011, page 77

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