Gorgonzola with honey and apricot

buonissima cucina gorgonzolaGorgonzola with honey and apricot: With Enzo tucked away in a darkened room recovering from some form of ‘The Dreaded Lurgy’, I’ve had a little time to myself.Aside from being in charge of the television remote control and having the whole living room to practice some Wii Me moves, I’ve been cruising around the internet and gazing upon wonderful photographs of wonderful food.  One such photograph caught my eye for two reasons:

  1. It looked delicious.
  2. Enzo hates Gorgonzola and any forms of what he calls ‘green cheese’, so while he undergoes his transformation into wellness, I’ve had an opportunity to indulge myself – and hopefully you too.

Gorgonzola, named after it’s home town found in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, is the oldest blue cheese in the world and can trace it’s production as far back as the year 879 AD.  Gorgonzola is on the list of great European blue cheeses like the French Roquefort (1070 AD) and the much younger English Stilton (18th century), all of which have been awarded the seal of ‘protected designation of origin.  This seal can only appear on cheeses that have actually been produced in their particular region or country of origin.

The British (like me) love to match their cheeses with something sweet and you’ll often find a wedge of cheese on our traditional Ploughman’s Lunch sharing the plate with an apple.  Also, you’ll often find us Brits in the kitchen before a dinner party, impaling neatly cut squares of hard cheeses with dices of pineapple onto sticks.  So you can only imagine my excitement at stumbling across a wonderful picture from Guilherme, the creator of the ‘Buonissima Cucina’ blog, showing off his antipasto:

From the Buonissima Cucina Blog

As with the ingredients in Guilherme’s photograph, he explains his reaction to his first tasting:

“The four flavours are outstanding and fully identifiable …”

And that in a nutshell, is the genius of combining these few simple ingredients and creating a ‘WOW’ at your next dinner.  So without further ado, let’s share Guilherme’s recipe with you (with his permission of course):

Serves 4

  • 150 -160 grams (6 – 8 oz) Gorgonzola (at room temperature – our recommendation)
  • 8 dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons Clear honey
  • 2 tablespoons hot, boiled water
    1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. Divide the Gorgonzola into 4 portions, arrange on the serving dishes and leave to reach room temperature
  2. While the cheese is reaching room temperature, add one of the tablespoons of honey to the hot water then add the apricots and leave them to rehydrate – about 15 minutes
  3. Drain and pat the apricots dry
  4. Top each of the portions of cheese with the apricot
  5. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and drizzle with the remaining honey
  6. Keep it simple and serve with some thin toast or water biscuits.
  7. Wait for the “WOW!”

It is with many thanks to the Buonissima Cucina blog that we can bring you this recipe and from this day on we’ll be popping by to visit Guilherme’s kitchen to see what he’s been up to.

Do you take your Gorgonzola seriously too and have a Gorgonzola recipe that you would like to share?  If so, we’ve discovered that you can add it to the website ‘Consortium for the protection of Gorgonzola (God bless ’em!) and here’s the link.

Of course, it won’t matter how I dress a plate of Gorgonzola for Enzo, it will always be green cheese to him.  Which means, yep, you’ve guessed it …. MORE FOR ME!!!

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