Whipped Bleu Cheese Bites with Balsamic Reduction

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Cheeseboard filled with a batch of our delicious Whipped Bleu Cheese Bites

Hey! I made a super simple appetizer that will trick all your friends into thinking you’re a gourmet chef – seriously.

I’m sharing the recipe here and over at Iowa Girl Eats this week! Check out Kristin’s post for the full story behind the recipe and lots more photos. Plus, I share a bit about how Minimalist Baker came to be, so if you’re new to our site venture over to get to know us better. We’d love that.

Drizzling balsamic reduction onto our Bleu Cheese Bites for a delicious vegetarian appetizer

This recipe falls in the minimalist category for its 10-item ingredient list and 30-minute preparation time. Super simple, super delicious, super perfect for springtime patio parties. Enjoy!

Plate of Bleu Cheese Balsamic Bites topped with caramelized onions and asparagus

Whipped Bleu Cheese Bites with Balsamic Reduction

The perfect simple-yet-fancy appetizer: Creamy whipped bleu cheese dip atop toasted baguette with caramelized onions and asparagus and a savory balsamic reduction.
Author Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 (bleu cheese bites)
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vegetarian
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces bleu cheese crumbles (4 ounces yields ~1/2 cup)
  • 4 ounces 1/3-fat cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • ~1/4 cup 2% or whole milk
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 8-10 sprigs asparagus*
  • 1/2 red onion*
  • 12-14 slices wheat baguette

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to low broil and position rack on second from top position. Slice baguette into 1/2 inch pieces and arrange on baking sheet. Plan for 1-2 per person. Set aside.
  • Prepare bleu cheese dip by placing bleu cheese, cream cheese, vinegar, olive oil, and pepper in a food processor and mixing until well combined. Drizzle in milk 1 Tbsp at a time while mixing until desired consistency is achieved. It should be thick like frosting. Scoop into a large plastic bag and set aside.
  • Sauté asparagus and/or red onion in a large saucepan over medium heat until tender. Season with salt and black pepper. To properly caramelize the onions, make sure to keep the lid on to lock in moisture and get them really soft. Set aside.
  • Prepare balsamic reduction by placing balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally and being careful not to boil. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by about half and a wooden spoon scraped across the bottom leaves a visible line – it should appear somewhat “syrupy.” Pour into a small ramekin for serving.
  • Pop baguette in the oven and watch closely, toasting until light golden brown. Then remove from the oven, pipe on whipped bleu cheese, and top with sautéed asparagus and/or caramelized onion. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and serve immediately.

Notes

*You can use asparagus and/or red onion.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

Serving: 1 bleu cheese bites Calories: 143 Carbohydrates: 9 g Protein: 6 g Fat: 9 g Sodium: 124 mg Fiber: 1.7 g Sugar: 1.8 g

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  1. Taylor Griffin says

    I just made this for my friends and I and it was delicious. Such a good recipe for a relatively quick lunch snack!

  2. Ilana says

    this looks so tasty…and simple! my friends and I have already planned a day in the summer, when we’re all back home to make a feast and these are already on the menu!

  3. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says

    You make me miss asparagus. There were so many of those in San francisco and in Berlin we’re still waiting for them :)

  4. Jess says

    Oh Dana, I was so excited to see these come up (twice) in my reader! I’m always looking for unique little bites like these. I’ll definitely be making these in the next couple weeks. It’s prime Thai holiday season, and there’s lots of entertaining to be done!

  5. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says

    I saw this recipe on Pinterest, then IGE, then here and each time I’ve drooled more and more. Not a pretty sight, but… these definitely look amazing! So pumped to make these!

  6. Tieghan says

    I just made whipped blue cheese! I got the idea from How sweet eats when she posted her whipped feat cheese. These toast the so gosh darn good!!!! I can not wait to make these!