The people who know me very well, know that I have a fixation on all things Iowa. Everything from caucuses to cheese. I’m just joking about the caucuses, but I am serious about the cheese. My favorite American blue cheese comes from Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton, Iowa.
I first learned about Maytag blue cheese when I was in college (in Iowa) and I was watching Emeril Lagasse on the Food Network cooking with Maytag blue cheese. I heard him say “…Iowa…” and I was shocked that Iowa made a cheese that I had not yet heard of. So, the next time I went home for a holiday, my mom and I hunted down this cheese and made ourselves every recipe we could find that called for blue cheese. I’ve been hooked ever since. It is the only cheese I use in my traditional blue cheese dressing and Buffalo wing dip. I also love to make Maytag blue cheese butter to dress up steaks.
You can find Maytag blue cheese in most specialty cheese departments but if you can’t, you can mail order it directly from Maytag Dairy Farms. Now that football season is here, why don’t you make some homemade blue cheese dip to go with your Buffalo chicken wings? But be careful, once people taste the Maytag, they’ll want to come to your house every time to watch the game! That being said, Go Iowa Hawkeyes!