Simple Gorgonzola Substitutes

gorgonzola substitutes

Looking for an alternative to Gorgonzola Cheese? You’re in the right place! Keep reading for my favourite simple Gorgonzola substitutes both dairy-free (below) and ideas containing dairy.

What is Gorgonzola Cheese?

Gorgonzola Cheese is an Italian cheese from the Lombardy region of Italy made with blue Penicillium moulds. They range in from mild and creamy to drier and more piquant in flavour.

Simple Gorgonzola Substitutes – Dairy

1. Other Blue Cheese

Given only blue cheese from a certain region in Italy is permitted to be called gorgonzola, blue cheeses from other countries can work well as alternatives.

2. Goats Cheese

Fresh goats cheese is tangier but lacks the distinctive ‘blue’ flavour of gorgonzola. However, the creamy texture and freshness will work well pretty much everywhere you’d normally use gorgonzola.

3. Cream Cheese

Similar to goats cheese but even less tangy and milder in flavour cream cheese will work fine to replace blue cheese Especially in dishes where there are a lot of other strong flavours.

4. Feta

The texture of feta is dryer and more crumbly than most gorgonzola. The flavour is saltier and not as complex but I often use feta when I don’t have any gorgonzola in the fridge. Just be mindful of the salt and be prepared to use less seasoning in your dish.

5. Persian Feta

Persian feta is generally marinated in oil and has a lovely tangy flavour and creamy texture that is a good match. You will be equally happy to have it scattered on your salad.

6. Cottage Cheese

Milder and creamier and way less flavoursome, cottage cheese will be better than nothing to replace your hunks of blue cheese.

7. Ricotta

Will work in a similar way to cottage cheese without the bumpy bits.

8. Halloumi

The texture of halloumi is significantly harder and more crumbly. Plus the flavour is way more salty but it will provide a similar substance and cheesy goodness.

9. Parmesan

Shaved parmesan has a stronger more savoury cheesey flavour profile to gorgonzola. The colour is more yellow and the texture much harder and dryer but it will add similar bursts of flavour and umami.

10. Greek Yoghurt

Yoghurt of course is more liquid so won’t work in all areas but can provide an alternative source of tangy, creamy goodness.

11. Labneh

This creamy ‘cheese’ made from yoghurt isn’t as firm as gorgonzola but it adds a lovely tang anywhere you’d normally use blue cheese.

Simple Dairy-Free Blue Cheese Substitutes

1. Roast Nuts

For texture and big flavour hit roast walnuts will take your dish in a different direction but it won’t be lacking in flavour or crunch. Other nuts like almonds, pinenuts, pistachios, macadamias or cashews will all work in a similar manner.

2. Olives

If you’re looking for a salty, briny burst of flavour, a handful of olives is the second best dairy-free and vegan alternative to gorgonzola.

3. Hummus

This is a bit of an unusual idea but adding a big dollop of creamy hummus can add the tang and substance you’d otherwise get from gorgonzola.

4. Avocado

Chunks of avo will add creamy goodness and substance to your dish. For an even closer match add in a squeeze of lemon or lime.

5. Babaganoush

Works in a similar way to hummus.

6. Sun Dried Tomatoes

A similar idea to olives, sun dried tomatoes are bursting with flavour and will add a little sweetness to your dish instead of a salt hit.

7. Capers

Work in a similar way to olives. Salted capers will be the best choice although capers in vinegar are better than nothing.

How to Store Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola in sealed packages can be stored for months in the refrigerator. I generally ignore the best before date and eat it even weeks after it is out of date. As long as it still smells pleasantly blue cheesey.

Once opened I store gorgonzola in glass jars or sealed plastic bags. Because the Penicillium roqueforti mould likes to spread to other cheese, I store blue cheeses separately to other cheese.

It can be frozen although there’s generally no need because it lasts so long in the fridge.

Gorgonzola Goes with…

  • Dates & Gorgonzola
  • Celery & Gorgonzola
  • Eggs & Gorgonzola
  • Parsley & Gorgonzola
  • Sage & Gorgonzola
  • Proscuitto & Gorgonzola
  • Balsamic & Gorgonzola
  • Walnuts & Gorgonzola

More Ingredient Substitutes

Also see see the Simple Ingredients Substitutes Index.

Have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x