Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Sodium
This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free blue cheese or regular at your own risk.

"Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody."
-Samuel Pepys, Diarist

The refrigerator light goes on...

This is one of those deceptively simple recipes that is so good. A bit of squash and a bit of cheese... cooking is supposed to be harder than this. Sometimes it is just this easy and delicious.

Blue Cheese

There are myriad varieties of blue cheeses. Most on the market are made from cow's milk, but there are both sheep's and goat's milk versions as well. The blue mold that runs in fine veins through these cheeses is most commonly from the bacteria Penicilllium roqueforti or Penicillium glaucum.

True Roquefort is made from sheep's milk in the south of France, while Stilton is the most famous English version of blue cheese. The Danish Danablu and Italian Gorgonzola are made in the same fashion. All blue cheeses have subtle differences, and the variations between creameries and countries, as with any cheese, number in the hundreds.

In 1941, Iowa State University developed a process for making blue cheese using pasteurized milk. E.H. Maytag, the son of the American dishwasher manufacturer, began producing a cow's milk cheese and his dairy still produces a fine American version of blue cheese. Maytag still ages their cheese in underground caves in much the same way as with French and European creameries. Maytag blue cheese is generally a milder version than European cheeses but it still has a creamy, tangy flavor.

Blue cheeses are generally a medium fat cheese having between 8 and 9 grams of fat per ounce. Some are higher in fat with up to 12 grams per ounce but as with so many flavorful cheeses a little can go a long way. As with many cheeses there is a fair amount of sodium so you may not have to add salt to recipes that use blue cheese.

1 ounce blue cheese = 100 calories, 8g fat, 5g sat fat, 2g mono fat, 6g protein, <1g carbohydrates, 395mg sodium, 21mg cholesterol

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Blue Cheese Acorn Squash



Servings = 2 | Serving size =1/2 small acorn squash

Cooking Time = 60 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe makes OK leftovers. Reheat gently.

1 small acorn squash (about 1 pound)
spray olive oil
1 1/2 ounces blue cheese (crumbled)

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds.

Spray a large skillet lightly with olive oil. Place the squash in the skillet cut side down and place the pan in the oven. Roast for about 35 40 minutes.

Remove the squash and let cool slightly. Slice each half as thinly as possible into crescents. Divide the crescents onto two oven proof plates or au gratin dishes. Arrange the crescents so that they overlap slightly.

Sprinkle the blue cheese across the top of the squash, distributing the cheese evenly between the two plates. Place the plates in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 1/2 small acorn squash

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 164 Calories from Fat 55
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 10%
    Saturated Fat 2g 10%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 300mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 13%
    Sugars 0g  
Protein 6g  
Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 41%
Calcium 18% Iron 9%
Vitamin K 0 mcg Potassium 831 mg
Magnesium 77 mg