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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Stilton bites, a crisp and refreshing canapé : Low Carb and Gluten Free


Stilton Cheese, is Britain's historic blue cheese and Britain's favourite blue cheese. The history of Stilton can be traced back to the early 18th century and although it is clear that the recipe used has changed quite dramatically over the years it remains one of the world's best known and much loved cheeses.

Quintessentially English, Stilton has its own Certification Trade Mark and is an EU Protected Food Name.

This means that:
- it can only be produced in the three Counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire
- it must be made from locally produced milk that has been pasteurised before use
- it can only be made in a cylindrical shape
- it must be allowed to form its own coat or crust
- it must never be pressed and
- it must have the magical blue veins radiating from the centre of the cheese

Stilton's unique flavour makes it suitable not only for those special occasions when only the best will do, but also for perking up everyday recipes and snacks. With its slightly open texture and creamy background it melts and crumbles easily and is one of the few cheeses that freezes well.


Now if you want a tasty low carb, (and gluten free) snack this just might be what you are looking for. Ideal for special occasions, family or friends gatherings or even a light lunch or snack ... it really tastes delicious.

Ingredients:
Serves 12
50 g blue Stilton
80 g lighter soft cheese
1 tbsp fresh chives, washed and chopped, plus extra left for decoration
1 red pepper, washed and chopped into bite-sized chunks
approx quarter (0.25) of a cucumber, washed and sliced into discs

Method:
1. Bring the Stilton to room temperature, then mix with the soft cheese and most of the chives, reserving half a teaspoon to garnish.
2. Spread the chunks of pepper and cucumber discs with the creamy Stilton dip. Lay the whole chives on a platter; place the Stilton bites on top and garnish with the reserved chopped chives.

Eat and enjoy - each serving provides:
2.6g carbohydrate 1.1g fibre 6.0g protein

Original idea here

Will you be making some soon, I know I will ...

All the best Jan

18 comments:

Jo said...

I'm not a lover of any blue cheese, give me good old Wensleydale, Cheshire. Cheddar etc.

Linda Kay said...

Not a fan of peppers, but could probably find something else to spread it on.

Connie said...

Yum! and just in time for warm weather snacks.
I love peppers:)

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Jo
We just love Stilton, always some in the fridge!
These are also great with something like 'philly' or 'boursin' ... in fact come to think of it a little bit of "Wensleydale, Cheshire. Cheddar" could work well. May be worth a try!

Thanks for your comment

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Linda
You could just use cucumber, or indeed try these delicious low carb sesame crispbreads:
http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/sesame-crispbread-low-carb.html

Thanks for your comment

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Connie
I love cucumbers, peppers, celery ... and a whole host of other foods too!
Something like these are just so tasty any time of year - but it is a lovely thought Spring and Summer are around the corner, well for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere!

Thanks for your comment

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

These look good and my kids would enjoy them with Philadelpia or Primula cheese spread too.

Thanks

Jane:)

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Jane
Kids (and some adults) do seem to enjoy the cream cheeses don't they.
Stilton to many has a slightly stronger taste so if it isn't to your liking obviously substitute it with a flavour of cheese you'd prefer... a slice of cheddar on a cucumber or pepper slice can be nice!

Thanks for your comment

All the best Jan

Kezzie said...

I wish I liked stilton but I really don't!!!! These LOOK delightful though!

Denise inVA said...

Love Stilton in this house. In fact we had crackers and Stilton last night but got to have a go at this. Looks delicious! Thanks Jan :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Stilton was my Dad's favorite cheese...strong but oh so good!

Bob Bushell said...

Jan, you're making my mouth watering, love it.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Kezzie
Stilton is not to everyone's taste but these bites can be enjoyed with other cheeses too - give it a try and see what you think

Thanks for your comment

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Denise
As I open my fridge - the Stilton is there! Always a favourite with us, to be enjoyed like this recipe idea or with a low carb crispbread such as these http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/sesame-crispbread-low-carb.html

Thanks for your comment

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Diane (LavenderDreamer)
Stilton is it a love it or hate it cheese I wonder ... now my dad is not so keen, he would ask for cheddar or a cream cheese like 'Philly' every day ... he does like cucumber so I can always adjust / amend to suit.

Thanks for your comment

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Bob
Aren't these just great - to be enjoyed almost on a daily basis! However, nice to ring the changes with other great low carb snacks ... this Avocado Smash with Carrot Dippers for instance:
http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/avocado-smash-with-carrot-dippers.html

Thanks for your comment

All the best Jan

Candy S said...

Yum, I love Stilton Blue cheese, this is a perfect way to enjoy your veggies and have a rich and satisfying taste too!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Candy
I couldn't agree more with you ... we love Stilton and this way of enjoying it is so good, and colourful too!

Thanks for your comment

All the best Jan