This handy cheat sheet of cheeses ranging from subtle to stinky will help you find the blue that’s right for you.

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Maytag

A mild cheese made in Iowa, it makes a great beginner blue for snacking with crackers.

mashed blue cheese sweet potatoes
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| Credit: Photography by Nicole Franzen

Gorgonzola Dolce

Made in northern Italy, it's creamy, soft, spreadable—and one of Rach's faves. Slather it on a burger.

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Cashel Blue

One of Ireland's artisanal varieties, this buttery, mellow cheese pairs well with dried fruit.

Cashel Blue Cheesecake with Honey
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| Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

Bleu d'Auvergne

A grassy, pungent, slightly crumbly French blue, it makes a tasty salad topper. Or serve it with fresh fruit.

Mixed Greens with Blueberries & Buttermilk Goat Cheese Dressing
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| Credit: Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

Stilton

The best-known British blue, this cheese has a strong, spicy flavor that works well with apple and pear slices.

Recipe to try: Fruit and Nuts Queso

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| Credit: Photography by Ted Cavanaugh

Roquefort

A sheep's-milk cheese from southern France, it ranks among the strongest blues, so this is for folks who love a funky flavor. It's a cheese-plate must.

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| Credit: Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

Cabrales

Pair this potent (in a good way) Spanish cheese with cured meats and crusty bread.

Spanish Sliders with Cabrales Cheese and Pickled Shallots
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| Credit: Photography by Armando Raphael