Stilton beignets with grape jelly

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Sweet grape jelly is paired with crisp Stilton beignets to make an unbeatable canapé or pre-dinner snack in this dish from Galton Blackiston. The flavour combination in this dish is perfectly balanced and looks beautiful on a plate.

First published in 2015




Stilton beignets

  • 10g of butter
  • 1 tbsp of tarragon, chopped
  • 300g of Stilton, broken up in a food processor
  • 150g of flour, seasoned
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 200g of Panko breadcrumbs (1)
  • 1000ml of oil

Grape jelly


  • 6 ramekins


For the grape jelly, warm the juice with the sugar until dissolved. Add the lemon juice. Soften the gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 minutes until floppy, lift out and squeeze out any excess water
Add to the grape juice and stir to dissolve. Pour into ramekins, filling to approximately 1/3, and chill to set. Bring out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving
Mix the butter and tarragon into the Stilton in a food processor. Mould the mixture into 3 per person balls. Place in the fridge to firm up
Put the seasoned flour, egg wash and Panko breadcrumbs in the bowls. Dip the Stilton balls into the flour, then the egg wash and finally the Panko breadcrumbs. Place the balls on a tray until needed
  • 150g of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g of Panko breadcrumbs (1)
Heat your oil to 150°C/Gas mark 2 and deep fry the beignets till golden
  • 1000ml of oil
To plate, remove the jellies from the ramekins and cut into neat circles slightly larger than the beignets. Place the beignets on top of the jelly and serve
First published in 2015

There can't be many Michelin-starred chefs who started out selling homemade cakes, biscuits and preserves on a market stall in Rye in 1979. Yet, the quietly spoken, endearingly eccentric Galton Blackiston isn't like other chefs.

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