Top Gorgozola with fig preserves or fig jam
|In Italy, Gorgonzola Dolce (gohr-gohn-ZOH-lah DOHL-chay), or sweet Gorgonzola cheese, is often served for dessert with a drizzle of honey and perhaps some figs.
But you can turn the tables and serve it as an appetizer that’s easy to make and put out on the coffee table as everyone arrives for Easter dinner.
Get a slab of Gorgonzola Dolce, which is a spreadable and elegant version of Gorgonzola that lacks the sharpness of Gorgonzola Naturale, Mountain Gorgonzola. Spread with fig preserves or jam (Dalmatia fig spread has very good retail distribution) and serve with crackers and a fruity red wine. Or to celebrate the holiday, serve Champagne!
Bella Chi Cha sells a ready-made Creamy Gorgonzola Torta With Fig, but you need to live in California to buy it. (Retailer elsewhere: please bring this line in!)
|Gorgonzola is an ancient cheese, dated back to around 879 C.E. Gorgonzola Dolce is the same cheese as Gorgonzola Naturale, but much less aged. It has a slightly salty aftertaste that is a nice counterpoint in the torta, paired with the fig jam.
Gorgonzola Dolce is also a favorite ingredient in risotto and polenta. It can be made into a dip, mixed into vinaigrette, melted on a pizza or used wherever cheese is called for. Serve it for dessert with berries, figs, pears, peaches or plums.
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