Sunday, September 12, 2010

Blue Cheese and Grilled Meat

I like the taste of blue cheese and have found that adding a little bit to grilled meat really brings out the flavor of the meat.

I usually use fresh blue cheese and a little milk…nothing complicated or fancy.

Bobby Flay serves it with homemade potato chips. No feeling guilty after this…you’ll just have to cut a few hundred calories out of your diet this week. Love the homemade potato chips!

Bon Appetit!

Blue Cheese Sauce:

• 2 1/4 cups whole milk

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

• 1 small Spanish onion, finely chopped

• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

• Pinch cayenne pepper

• 1/2 pound crumbled blue cheese

• Homemade Potato Chips

Place the milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the warm milk, and continue whisking until thickened. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with a little extra milk. Serve sauce warm with potato chips for dipping.

Homemade Potato Chips:

• 6 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise into 1/8-inch thick slices on a mandoline

• 2 quarts peanut oil

• Salt

Place the potato slices on a baking sheet between layers of paper towels to make sure they are very dry before frying.

Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan until the temperature of the oil reaches 400 degrees F on a deep-fat thermometer. Fry the potatoes in small batches until golden brown on both sides, turning once. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a brown paper bag or another baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Season with salt immediately. Serve hot with the blue cheese dipping sauce.