Blue Cheese Bread with Honey & Thyme

Most people I’ve encountered have a love/hate relationship with blue cheese–either they love it or they hate it.

I’ve never met anyone that gave the “so-so” hand gesture when asked how they feel about blue cheese.  You either get people emoting how delicious it is melted over a steak or paired with fruit on a cheese platter–or you get those who crinkle up their nose and shake their head at the thought.

I used to be a head shaker but then discovered more mild versions (like gorgonzola) and really came to love it.  My first exposure to gorgonzola was crumbled over a grilled steak (for you non-blue cheese lovers that have read this far…thank you.  Click here for a non-blue cheese steak reward).

My husband was the same way until he had blue cheese served on a steak too (I’m noticing a trend here).  Now he loves it and can’t get enough; on a burger, in dressing for dipping buffalo wings, stuffed in chicken breasts, and now smeared with butter inside a crusty loaf of bread.

This recipe is so simple and reaps great compliments.

So the lessons are this:

  1. If you already love blue cheese, this bread will knock your socks off.
  2. If you haven’t discovered a love affair with blue cheese yet, go out and get a steak and gorgonzola.  You can thank me later.

Blue Cheese Bread with Honey & Thyme

Ingredients

  • Small round bread loaf, 6-7" in diameter
  • 2 tbsp. blue cheese, crumbled (you could use any type of blue cheese)
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 thyme sprigs + 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme for garnish
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Make 1/2" wide cuts into the loaf WITHOUT cutting through the bottom crust. You want to "fan out" the slices but keep the loaf intact.
  2. Mix the cheese and butter in a small bowl and spread evenly between the bread slices. Wrap the loaf in foil, place on a baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese and butter are melted
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine the honey, thyme sprigs, salt, and pepper. Warm over low heat for 5-6 minutes until honey has thinned out. Remove thyme sprigs.
  4. Place bread on a serving platter, drizzle the honey over the bread, and sprinkle with chopped thyme. Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. 1

    I have a love affair with bleu cheese too! As a kid I raised my nose to it, not even giving it a chance because of the odor. But eventually I manned up and gave it a try and have found use for it in so many dishes. Great to see it spread on bread with some added sweetness and herbs. Great recipe and gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing! Have a good one!

    • 2

      Thanks @Free Spirit Eater! Funny how our tastes change as we get older. This recipe is so quick and easy–good way to get a “blue” fix when you need one.

  2. 3

    Unfortuantely, I’m one of those people that crinkle their noses at blue cheese. I try, I really do, but I can’t bring myself to like it. I’m alright with it in soups though, the flavours kind of mellow and become quite nice really, it’s only when it’s alone, on a cheeseboard. Sneaking it into bread might work too! would just like to add that the bread looks gorgeous esp with the thyme honey over. first time at your blog, really enjoying the recipes and photos

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    • 4

      Thanks Shu! It is an acquired taste and I think you need to find a great pairing (for us it was steak) to get over that hump :) Love your site! My parents are living in London right now as well. Can’t wait to go back and visit!

  3. 5

    What a delicious idea for a snack! Love the twist on bread and cheese. I actually work for a blue cheese called Castello, so I always have some of their AWESOME blue crumbles lying around…will definitely be trying this recipe!

  4. 7

    This sounds like a variation on how my parents make garlic bread. I will be trying this at somepoint.

    PS you should try a salty blue cheese, Bleu d’Auvergne for instance, with ripe pear slices, best in thing ever!!

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