Blue Cheese Stuffed Strawberries (plus a giveaway)

This recipe makes a lovely and quick appetizer or a light dessert, and I have also been known to eat some of these as a fast lunch.  I could probably live on the combo of fruit and aged cheese, and this version skips the traditional crackers, yet still works well as a hand-held nibble.  This is a rare case where I prefer to use larger strawberries (smaller ones tend to have more flavor), as they work better as carriers for the filling.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

If you want to keep this on the lower carb side, just omit the end drizzle of honey. I have also made these with a little bit of fresh orange juice squeezed on the top in lieu of the honey, and that is also pretty fabulous. This is not a recipe that requires specific amounts, just the basic technique.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

Blue Cheese Stuffed Strawberries
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Dessert
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • Large strawberries, about a pound
  • 3-4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • chopped pecans or walnuts, lightly toasted
  • honey, to drizzle (optional)
Instructions
  1. Rinse the strawberries and pat them dry. Use a knife to cut off the top side of each strawberry, leaving the stems whole. Cut out a little of the interior of each strawberry to form a hollow. (I like to freeze the leftover strawberry bits and use them in drinks or desserts)
  2. Stuff each berry with some of the blue cheese and some bits of pecan. Arrange all of the stuffed berries on a serving platter and drizzle with a little honey, if desired.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

And now for that giveaway…I was recently sent a review copy of Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Over 100 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes that are Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, and Grain-Free, and because I tried some of the recipes and enjoyed the book, I asked the publisher to share a copy with one of my readers.  They were willing, so this is your chance to win a copy of this recipe collection.  I tried the recipes for the Butter Biscuits and the Lemon Pound Cake, and I plan to try the Yellow “Rice” recipe this weekend.  If you are eliminating grains and refined sugars, I think you will enjoy these recipes.  Here are the details to enter:

Giveaway Details:

-Open only to U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses, please

-Giveaway will end on Sunday, May 5th, at 5 p.m. MST, at which time I will select a winner using Random.org.  I will contact the winner using the email address provided with their entry, and they will have 48 hours to respond.  If I do not receive a response in that time frame, I will select an alternate winner using the same method.

-To enter, simply leave a comment below describing some kind of dietary change you have made or would like to make.

It’s just that simple!

Thanks for reading,

-Angela

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40 Responses to Blue Cheese Stuffed Strawberries (plus a giveaway)

  1. Leslie Campbell April 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Since January 2012, I have lost 125 pounds! I attribute this to 1) portion control 2) healthier food choices – more vegetables and fruits, less simple carbohydrates, less fat 3) more fiber 4) more movement/exercise… etc. etc. I have always LOVED vegetables and fruit, esp. vegetables. And I do crave Protein. But need to choose lean protein and less red meat. I actually love and appreciate ALL FOOD! It’s one of the GREATEST GIFTS of our lives. We are blessed with such abundance and diversity of choices. I love to cook and bake and try new recipes. That’s why I love your site!

    • Angela April 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      Leslie, that is just fantastic! Absolutely inspirational.

      • Marja April 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

        That is amazing and inspirational! Go Leslie!

  2. Marja April 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    This looks delish!

    We started reducing refined carbs | grains since January and have seen an amazing impact on energy levels. I’m always on the hunt for new recipes to try, so thanks for sharing!

  3. Patricia Stoltey April 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    I’m also a fan of fruit and cheese combinations. This one looks delicious.

    The biggest dietary change I’ve made over the last year is to increase the amounts of fruits and vegetables I eat and cut down on everything else.

  4. Eric April 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    OMG! Those look fantastic! Best of all, since no one else in the house will eat blue cheese, I would get to eat all of them!!

  5. Karen Harris April 26, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    I just love the sweet/salty combination going on here. Not to mention how visually appealing they are. Perfect summer nibbles.

  6. Debbie April 26, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    In the last year ive given up all grains sugar and dairy. Ive lost 50 lbs.

    • Angela April 26, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      Fantastic! I still eat cultured dairy but have cut out the rest.

  7. Neena April 26, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    Those strawberries look like the perfect snack! I’m really trying to eat primal, but sometimes I get so lazy and just want pizza and cocktails :/. Thanks for your blog, it’s very inspiring.

    • Angela April 26, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      Oh, me too…and I still have my favorite rum drink when I go out.

  8. Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! April 26, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love, love, LOVE bleu cheese. What a great idea to use it in a filling for strawberries! A must-try for me!! :)

  9. Jason April 26, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Looks delicious!

    I’ve lost 30 pounds over the last few months, because of health concerns — cut out sugar, many carbs, and worked on reducing portion size to realistic and proper sizes.

  10. Denise in Michigan April 26, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    I’m a salt and crunchy eater too and am seldom tempted by sugar, so these strawberries really appeal to me. I am so inspired by your readers’ weight losses, especially Lesley’s story. She makes it sound easy but I know she must have had many, many days when it took a lot of strength to stay on task!

  11. Jen April 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Since finding out I had gestational diabetes, I’ve had to really concentrate on being low carb. Having already adopted the paleo lifestyle made it easier but it’s had it’s challenges. This recipe for strawberries looks great and berries are one of the approved fruits for a low carb diet.

  12. Nitasia Timms April 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    I’ve been following the SCD diet for three months now, it’s such a good diet, and I feel the best I have in years!

  13. Lisa Brown April 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    I have ulcerative colitis and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet has given me an opportunity to see a healthy future. I am hoping by abiding by the diet that I will eventually be able to get off of some of the meds I currently have to take. So fare the SCD Diet has helped me tremendously, and I believe it is teaching me a healthier way of eating and living.

  14. Ladonna Morgan April 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    The biggest change in the past year has been going Paleo. Now it’s time to transition to SCD for some serious healing.

  15. Lisa Huff @ Snappy Gourmet April 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    These strawberries look great Angela! I’ve cut way back on my sugar intake and feeling great!

  16. Pam Bradley April 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    We have stopped buying “low fat” or “light” foods!

    • Angela April 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      Same here!!

  17. Melissa Wilson April 29, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    This recipe looks amazing…I can’t wait for an occasion to try it out. I have been trying more paleo recipes lately and it’s been really interesting. Sometimes I just need a good burger with the bun and some french fries though!

    • Angela April 29, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      I hear you–I would love to find a great paleo bun recipe.

  18. Robin Gagnon {Mom Foodie} April 29, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    I’ve cut out most msg & hydrogenated fats from our kitchen & reduced the amount of refined carbs.

  19. Christine (Cook the Story) April 29, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    These are so beautiful! I’ve never thought of stuffing strawberries before. I see Strawberry Canapé Craziness coming on. Yum!

  20. sherry hosler May 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    I would like to cut down on sugar….I think I’m officially addicted!

  21. sherry hosler May 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    I’d like to cut back on carbs…..

  22. Jozi hall May 4, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I found out I have Crohn’s and Celiac Disease about a year ago so I have had to change my diet A TON! I’ve been wanting to try SCD, but haven’t yet. Thanks for your blog and the give away! :)

    • Angela May 4, 2013 at 8:08 am #

      Wow, Jozi, that would be a big change! Hope it has been working well for you so far.

  23. AnnKW May 4, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Yum! I’ll be trying these ad soon as I can get some local strawberries. Any recommendations for nut substitutions?

    • Angela May 4, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      Toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds would be good, or maybe some toasted coconut…

      • AnnKW May 4, 2013 at 11:19 am #

        I’ll try those.

  24. Ellen May 4, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    The book looks really interesting. I have had the hardest time staying on a healthy diet in New York because there are so many delicious sweets available here. It would be nice to get back to the eating habits I had in Colorado.

    • Angela May 4, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      I would have trouble in NY because of the abundance of food options–I always want to try everything.

  25. julie laplante May 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    My husband and I began the low carb lifestyle about a year ago. We lost 140 lbs together and never looked back to our old habits.

    • Angela May 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      Fantastic!

  26. Karen D May 5, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    I would like to incorporate more raw foods into my diet.

  27. Lori Bazan May 5, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    What a great recipie…I will try for sure! Recently I am trying to eat healthier and read labels!

  28. SueSueper Sue May 5, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    My biggest challenge has been and continues to be to say no to useless sugary things like hard candy and all that so easy to get a hold of chocolate.

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