07/24/2013 07:39 am ET Updated Mar 19, 2015

The Recipes That'll Help You Get More Blue Cheese In Your Life

Come over to the blue side.

Blue cheese is understandably polarizing. It's strong, stinky and to the uninitiated, can be visually off-putting. If you haven't taken your chances with blue cheese yet, you're selling yourself short. Whether it's Roquefort, Gorgonzola or Stilton, blue cheese is like a beautiful, deep well of flavors and nuance. Once you've tried some of the good stuff, you'll come around to appreciate its full glory. Trust us.

If you're skeptical, start small. Add blue cheese to spicy recipes, where the creamy cheese will cut through the heat and bring your mouth to a whole new place. Or, try it alongside sweeter ingredients like figs or pears. The sweet will mellow out the harsh taste of the cheese, and make you appreciate both qualities even more. Once you start experimenting with blue cheese, you'll be craving this pungent block of dairy in no time.

If you're already a full-blown blue cheese-lover and all of this is old news to you, help your friends come over to the blue side. You can always use more fans.

With the right blue cheese recipes, you can find a way to eat this cheese for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. Consider your prayers answered -- and get cooking with the recipes below.

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