Paradise Blue Cheese Baklava

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baklava.jpegSubmitted by Chef Kelly Wangard of Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse

A savory interpretation of a classically sweet pastry this version of Baklava combines the rich flavor of Blue Cheese with walnuts for an amazing, out of this world treat.

  • 1 box phyllo dough
  • 3 pounds Hook's Paradise blue cheese, Gorgonzola, or blue cheese
  • 1 pound butter
  • 5 cups walnuts, toasted
  • 1 cup sugar
For the walnut sugar mixture:
Combine walnuts and sugar in a food processor and pulse until nuts are fine.

For the assembly of the Baklava:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter, set aside, and keep warm. Using a half sheet pan or rimmed cookie sheet lay down one sheet of phyllo dough. With a pastry brush, brush pastry with butter generously. Crumble1/2 cup of cheese and about a ½ cup of walnut sugar mixture. Place another sheet of pastry on top of the cheese and walnut mixture. Using your hands, push pastry down With a pastry brush, brush pastry with butter generously. Crumble another ½ cup of cheese and about a ½ cup of walnut sugar mixture. Continue to layer until pan is full and the top is phyllo. Cut before baking into desired size in either triangles or rectangles.

Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediate or heat single portions as desired. Makes ½ sheet pan 10-20 servings.

Paso Robles Inn & Hot Springs
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(800) 676.1713

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This is a terrific recipe! I had a bunch of leftover English blue stilton from Christmas and wanted to make an appetizer with it. After thinking of a couple things I settled on making a savory Backlava, and googled to see if anyone else had made a recipe similar to this. Yours was the only one! Congratulations on your ingenuity! I used more phyllo dough in the layers, so the backlava would be easier to serve, and I scaled it back (since I am not a restaurant, I don't need to prepare this recipe in ginormous quantities!). It was really a hit with my guests! I posted it on my blog (Mama Ozzy's Table) and gave you credit! Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

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