There are two styles of blue cheese: crumbly and creamy. In general, the creamier the blue cheese, the milder it will taste, since dryness indicates longer aging (which makes it take on more of that funk). Italian Gorgonzola is just one variety—blues are global! Look for English Stilton, French Roquefort, Irish Cashel, Spanish Cabrales, Danish Blue, and good ol' American (Maytag and Point Reyes are among the most popular stateside). Here's an idea: Host a blue cheese party this holiday and sample them all!
This article originally appeared in our Holiday 2021 issue. Get the magazine here.