Well, what does a mom do when her (she shall remain unnamed) daughter comes home and says she has to make a 4 Course (French) Meal for a project in her French Class — AND that it is due on Friday… and yes, today is Wednesday and she informed me on Tuesday night…. Now, my daughter has the distinct advantage that mother owns a Julia Child Cookbook and can pull off pranks like this without too much fainting.. but really.. a four course meal? Yes, of course we did it.. well almost.. we didn’t have time to make the dessert but that will be tomorrow. I think we did enough for today. Because it was my daughter’s project, she did a lot of the work, but I assisted her.. we are dealing with HOT ovens and burners and sharp knives (new ones at that) –
For the appetizer we made a blue cheese ball with slices of French Baguette. My daughter arranged the bread and cheese ball very nicely I thought!
Well the name of it.. I won’t begin to try to pronounce.. that will be my daughter’s job. But let me say this: I will be making this appetizer for the next party. It is easy to make and is very good (if you like blue cheese you will LOVE it!) My son loved it too. He is 8, but my most adventurous eater. I halved the recipe, because it was just for our family.
Amuse-Gueule Au Roquefort
adapted from Julia Child “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” pg 196 Serves 12 appetizer servings
For the cheese ball:
- 4 oz blue cheese, crumbled (Roquefort if you can find it)
- 3 Tbsp butter, softened
- 2 tsp fresh chopped chives
- 2 tsp finely minced celery
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- dash of Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
- 2 Tbsp very finely minced parsley
Combine the blue cheese, softened butter. Add chives, celery, cayenne pepper, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and minced parsley. Roll the cheese ball in the bread crumb mixture until it is well coated. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with slices of French baguette or crackers.