I was chosen to participate in Castello’s Summer of Blue #BluesdayTuesday campaign. Beginning with this month, May, Castello Blue Cheese will be featuring creative blue cheese recipes on Tuesdays, also known as #BluesdayTuesday, until September. Castello has a wide range of wonderful cheeses. Check out Castello’s website for more information and don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes. You can win a season’s worth of blue cheese for your summer entertaining. See the link at the bottom of this post to enter the sweepstakes.
I was sent samples of Castello’s crumbled Danish Blue to use in my recipes for this campaign. That was very exciting in itself, since I am a big fan of blue cheese and love to put it on my salad. However, I wanted this delicious tasting cheese to be a star in a menu I would use for entertaining my guests.
If you are not that familiar with blue cheese, start simply and pair it with different foods to see how they complement each other. Try it alongside sweeter ingredients like figs or pears for a great appetizer. Add blue cheese to spicy recipes to tone down the heat and, then, add it to some of your main dish recipes. Once you start experimenting with blue cheese, you’ll become a fan also.
Now that May is here and the weather has warmed, I look forward to entertaining outdoors. It is also the time I think about grilling. I find it very creative to plan a menu for entertaining and, in thinking about what to serve, I always think it is best to go with seasonal foods because they are going to be flavorful and fresh. This entrée is excellent to serve when you have company because the chicken rolls can be prepared early in the day and refrigerated. I always try to plan a menu where most of the preparation can be done early in the day, leaving me free to spend time with my guests.
Below is my suggested menu for an outdoor dinner party for 4. This menu is easily doubled for additional guests.
Eggplant Compote, (recipe link)
Grilled Chicken Rolls with Danish Blue Cheese Stuffing, recipe below
Lettuce and Green Bean Salad, (recipe link)
Grilled Vegetables, (recipe link)
Almond Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce, (recipe link)
Grilled Chicken Rolls with Danish Blue Stuffing
A technique I like to use for cooking fish and chicken on the grill is to coat them in Panko crumbs and grill them on heavy-duty foil over indirect heat. This technique keeps food moist and delicious. The chicken only uses one side of the grill, which leaves the direct side to use for grilling vegetables.
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Danish Blue Stuffing
- 4 oz Castello Crumbled Danish Blue Cheese
- 4 large fresh basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 slices Pancetta, about 4 oz
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 oz each)
- 3/4 cup Panko crumbs
For the sauce:
In a small bowl combine lemon zest, lemon juice and melted butter. Divide the sauce in half and set one bowl aside. Refrigerate the other bowl until serving time.
For the chicken rolls:
Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a small skillet and saute the pancetta and garlic until the pancetta is crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Set aside.
Butterfly each chicken breast and place each piece between 2 layers of plastic wrap.
Use the flat side of a meat mallet to pound the chicken into rectangles of an even thickness.
Divide the cooked pancetta evenly on each chicken breast.
Add 1 oz of Castello blue cheese to each breast and top with a basil leaf.
Fold in the sides of each chicken breast and roll up.
Dip chicken into one of the dishes with the reserved lemon sauce and then roll in the Panko crumbs, pressing the crumbs into the chicken.
Secure the rolls with skewers and place on a tray lined with heavy duty foil. Refrigerate the chicken rolls until it is time to grill. Discard the lemon sauce used for the coating.
Preheat the grill on high.
Turn off one side of the grill and place chicken with the foil on that side of the grill.
Grill for 10 minutes, turn the chicken rolls over with grill tongs and cook for 10 more minutes or until the chicken registers 160 degrees F on an instant read meat thermometer.
Move the chicken rolls to a serving platter. Let grilled chicken rest 5 minutes.
Reheat the reserved lemon sauce in the microwave while the chicken rests. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken rolls and garnish with basil leaves. Serve.
For the Love of Cooking
May 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm
It looks wonderful Jovina! My son and I would love this chicken.
May 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm
Thank you Pam. I bet you guys like blue cheese.
May 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm
That recipe looks delicious Jovina! I also love blue cheese with fig jam as an appetizer. Heavenly!
May 19, 2015 at 3:04 pm
That sounds awesome Karen.
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
May 19, 2015 at 3:06 pm
All you have to do is whisper Panko crumbs and blue cheese and I am pinning my little fingers to the bone. The recipe sounds wonderful — I can’t wait to make it. BTW, we buy Panko crumbs at Costco in the HUGE pack. It is a staple in our household. Thank you for sharing and I’m looking forward to your next blue cheese creation.
May 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm
Thanks so much Marisa. Sounds like we have similar tastes. I am sure you will enjoy this recipe.
May 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm
Wow this looks very nice Jovina
May 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm
Thank you. We really liked it. Very moist and full of flavor.
May 21, 2015 at 8:26 am
Isn’t that funny – we came back from a short trip to the UK with some panko breadcrumbs! This is on the supper list now…
May 21, 2015 at 8:29 am
So excited to hear that. Let me know how you like this recipe.
Amanda | What's Cooking
May 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm
Wow, Jovina! This is awesome! I really like blue cheese and I’ve started using it on man of my salads. I’d like to learn how to make it myself, but I suspect it’s not as easy as ricotta.
May 22, 2015 at 3:56 pm
I don’t know how to make this type of cheese either. Castello send me the cheese to develop a recipe for their campaign and I created this dish.It turned out really well and we all loved it. I think you might like it Amanda – very moist and full of flavor.
Amanda | What's Cooking
May 22, 2015 at 3:59 pm
Well yes, the recipe looks amazing. I totally didn’t even mention that, but it reminded me of dining al fresco with farm raised (like a neighbor’s farm) chicken and basil from the garden with a rose. Perfect.
May 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm