Are you ready to get funky?! Lovers of blue cheese tend to be seriously devoted. Not everyone can take the intense creaminess and deep funk of a true blue cheese, but if you love it, you get invested in it! We’ve got the perfect gift ideas for blue cheese lovers. Any one of these 8 gifts will be well and happily received, but the combination of them together make a truly spectacular gift basket. We start out with the cheese itself, then some companions, something homemade, and lots of fun!
As always, the cheese is king! This award-winning blue cheese is locally made by Vermont cheesemakers, Jasper Hill Farm. Bayley Hazen Blue was awarded prizes at the World Cheese Awards 2016 and the World Championship Cheese Contest 2016. Plus, it was voted 5th best cheese in Vermont by the venerable cheese-eating Vermont citizens themselves!
This cheese showcases everything that’s right about blue cheese. Rich and fudgy, sweet and nutty, with just the right amount of funk. A very special cheese, perfect for gift giving.
Next you’ll need just the right spread to complement the blue cheese. Pear and blue go hand in hand, the sweetness of the first balancing the funk of the second. Add ginger for subtle heat to cut through the creaminess and you’ve got a match made in heaven.
You’ve got the cheese and the preserves, now you need something crunchy. Spreading blue cheese on a blue cheese cracker…yes, please!! The buttery, crumbly, crunchy sablé cookie is always a homerun. Including a homemade item in a gift basket is a very thoughtful touch. Plus, it’s fun for you too!
This particular recipe from Serious Eats uses Saint Agur blue cheese, which is delicious, but we recommend subbing in some Bayley Hazen Blue – because, of course, you know you’ll want a piece for yourself too so why not get extra?!
4. Craft Beer
A bold wine like a Cabernet or Chardonnay is always a good bet for blue cheeses, but who not go with something a little…funkier? There’s a massive selection of interesting and delicious craft beers out there. Head to your local liquor store to get some local options or order from an online craft beer website like craftshack.com. Here are a few styles and options that pair beautifully with blue cheese to get you started.
True blue cheese lovers know this snack is for way more than just martinis! Tangy and creamy in all the right ways, this brand from Queen Creek Olive Mill in Arizona is particularly delicious. Big, fresh, crunchy olives stuffed with nutty, funky Maytag Blue. Please excuse me while I eat these right out of the jar!
Now for something a little different. The (very philanthropic) folks at Legion of Spice are geniuses for creating this incredible rub. There’s actual blue cheese powder mixed in with the spicy cajun seasoning giving everything you use it on that distinctive umami blue cheese funk. It’s great on steak for grilling, in burger meat, or add it to blue cheese or ranch dressing to give it a serious kick.
Handcrafted beef jerky + earthy porcini mushrooms + bold Blue Heaven Cheese from Rogue Creamery in Oregon = match made in heaven! The perfect snack for a blue cheese lover.
8. Les Fromage Francais Watercolor Print from Nathalie Ouederni
Featuring fabulous French fromages like Roquefort, Saint-Agur and Fourme D’Ambert. Think you’ve seen Nathalie’s style before? Her creative hand is behind the fruit illustration labels for both our Blueberry Chocolate and Cherry Thyme Cheese Companions!
Well, there it is! Everything you need to make the perfect blue cheese lover gift basket. All you need now is a basket and some ribbon – make sure it’s blue!