November 24th, 2015
Brie en Croute is a classic. It’s simply a wheel of brie cheese wrapped in pastry and baked. We like to add some raspberry preserve to ours but it can be served either way. Brie en Croute is a great last minute appetizer because of how simple it is. There are only 3 ingredients! We can’t think of something easier to make.
1 wheel of Ile de France Brie Cheese
1 Sheet Frozen Puff Pastry
1/2 Cup Raspberry Jam
1 egg and 1 tsp of water, combined in a small dish
Preheat oven to 375. Roll out puff pastry dough on a floured surface into a 14 inch square. Place brie in center of dough. Spread a good layer of jam over the brie. Then take the egg wash and brush along the edges of the puff pastry. Bring the puff pastry up to the top to wrap over the brie. Lightly press to seal. (Some of the jam may ooze out but that’s okay!) Then brush more egg wash over the puff pastry to help seal. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers and sliced apples!
November 18th, 2015
Like most people, we love bacon! We especially love when bacon is paired with something sweet. There is nothing like combination of sweet and salty. One of our favorite ways to combine sweet and salty is with bacon wrapped cheese stuffed dates. The combination of the salty bacon with the sweet dates and creamy cheese is absolutely delicious. This recipe is great to share with friends and family during the upcoming holidays! There are only 3 ingredients to the recipe making it great for a last minute appetizer. We recommend using our goat cheese but our blue cheese would be equally as delicious!
1 pound dates
4 oz goat cheese
1 pound bacon
Preheat oven to 350. Prep the dates by slicing each date down the middle and removing the pit. To prep the bacon you’ll want to take the slices and cut them in half. Next, take the pitted dates and stuff with the goat cheese. Then wrap the date in the bacon strip and secure with a toothpick. Place finished dates seam side up on a baking sheet. Then place in oven for 10 minutes. Take them out and using the toothpicks, turn them to the other side. Continue baking for another 7-8 minutes or until your desired crispness.
The dates can be prepared 1 day in advance and then baked day of serving.
If you are looking for some sort of sauce or dressing, we recommend balsamic vinegar and olive oil drizzle lightly on top.
November 6th, 2015
November is finally here and that means the holidays are just around the corner. Thanksgiving is just 20 days away! It’s best to start planning now that way you aren’t overly stressed when the day finally gets here. The easiest appetizer to serve at Thanksgiving is a cheeseboard!
The first step in planning your cheeseboard is picking the cheese. We recommend choosing both hard and soft cheeses or cheeses that range from mild in flavor to pungent . Our Brie, Goat, Fol Epi and St. Agur are a fabulous combination. The brie is soft and mild. The goat is a little harder but tangy in flavor. Fol Epi has a nutty flavor and is similar to swiss cheese. Lastly, St. Agur is a creamy, rich blue cheese. There will surely be a cheese for everyone!
Next pick a variety of sides to pair with your cheese. Fruit and nuts are most popular. We recommend apples, grapes and a raspberry preserve. For nuts try walnuts and almonds.
Last, choose your bread and crackers. We recommend toasting some baguette while also providing a couple selections of crackers. The cheese plate should take minutes to prepare but will hopefully stick with your guests for a long time!
October 28th, 2015
Halloween is right around the corner and that means lots of sweets! Everyone loves a good, classic piece of chocolate candy but we have something that is a little more sophisticated. These Goat Cheese Chocolate candies are perfect for your grown-up Halloween party! They are easy to make and delicious — the kids may even like them too! For a fun Halloween twist, feel free to decorate the candies with festive sprinkles!
6 oz bittersweet chocolate
6 oz goat cheese
2 tbsp confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4-6oz semi-sweet chocolate chips or coating chocolate
In a double boiler or a glass bowl set over simmering water, melt the bittersweet chocolate. Stir until all chocolate is melted then set aside to cool slightly. In a mixing bowl whisk the goat chese, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Then slowly mix in the melted bittersweet chocolate. Mix until well combined. Put mixture into a 12×9 pan. Place mixture in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm. Before removing mixture from fridge, line cookie sheets with wax paper. Then melt the chocolate chips or coating chocolate in the microwave. When melting chocolate in the microwave, set the time for 1 minute but every 15 – 20secs remove the chocolate and stir to prevent burning. Once the chocolate is fully melted remove from microwave. This should only take 30-45 seconds. Remove the mixture from the fridge and cut small rectangles or squares. Place each square in the melted chocolate to coat and then place on the parchment paper. Let the candies stand for 20min to set. Store the candies in the fridge in an airtight container between pieces of wax paper. Before serving, let the candies come to room temperature for optimal texture and flavor!
October 22nd, 2015
Fall is here and aside from crisper weather, apples, and leaves changing, it also means fall beer! Pumpkin beer has seen an increase in popularity mostly due to the recent infatuation with everything pumpkin flavored. Pumpkin beer can have a slight to strong pumpkin flavor with varying levels of spices that includes cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. While pumpkin beer is great on its own why not beer it with some cheese! The sweet and spicy notes of the pumpkin beer are strong enough to pair well with the salty notes of our Roquefort Blue Cheese. It’s the perfect pairing to enjoy on cool fall evening after long day of work. You will hit all the areas of taste buds from spicy to sweet to salty. You’re mouth and stomach will thank you!
October 14th, 2015
This recipe is a twist on the traditional cheesecake brownies. The goat cheese adds more of a tang and sophisticated flavor to the brownies. Feel free to use a boxed brownie mix or make your own! We do suggest dark chocolate over milk though. The dark chocolate better compliments the flavors of the goat cheese.
8 oz Ile de France Goat Cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 tbsp flour
1 box of dark chocolate brownie mix or homemade mix (recipe should make 24 brownies)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 9×9″ square nonstick baking pan.
Make goat cheese mixture by beating together the first five ingredients until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
Make the brownie base by mixing together the boxed mix or preparing your own. Spoon half the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Spread the swirl mixture over it and then spoon the rest of the brownie batter on top. If desired, drag a knife through the pan for several strokes from end to end on the pan, which creates a bit of a ripped layer of goat cheese underneath.
Bake the brownies for about 35 minutes to 45 minutes. To see if the brownies are done, remove the pan from the oven, and stick the tip of a sharp knife into the center of the brownies. Brownies will be done when the center is set but the consistency is still moist and fudgey.
October 8th, 2015
Mac n cheese is warm, cheesey and a classic dish. It’s the perfect comfort food to make on those cold days or when you are looking for an easy meal to please the whole family. Buffalo chicken adds the perfect twist to a classic. The spiciness of the buffalo sauce mixed with the creaminess of cheese is perfect. Not to mention the addition of bleu cheese, which just melts in your month and the panko, which adds great texture to the dish. Try it out, we are sure it will become a staple for family dinner!
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
Salt, to taste
1 tsp garlic powder
½ pound elbow macaroni
1½ cups shredded chicken, (rotisserie, canned or pre-cooked breasts)
¾ cup Frank’s hot sauce, divided
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
1 cup milk
¼ cup heavy cream
2¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese
⅓ cup sour cream
½ cup panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large casserole dish.
Bring a pot of water to a boil, season with salt, and add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
In the meantime, in a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tbsp. of butter and stir in the chicken and garlic powder. Cook for a couple minutes then add ¼ cup of the hot sauce and mix it all together until well combined. Put the chicken mixture in a bowl and set aside. Rinse out your skillet and return to stove.
October 2nd, 2015
October is here, which means the weather is going to start to get colder. When the weather is colder, we crave warm, filling comfort foods. There is nothing like coming in from the cold outdoors to a warm meal inside. One of our favorite comfort foods to eat in the cold weather is mashed potatoes. When made right they are creamy, buttery, filling and most importantly cheesy! One of our favorite ways to put a twist on such a classic is to add in goat cheese. The goat cheese adds an additional creaminess and tang! The flavor is unreal. We feel warmed up already just thinking about it.
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons butter
8 ounces goat cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup warm milk, if needed
In a large saucepan, combine potatoes and yams. Pour cold water over the potatoes until just covered, and season liberally with salt. Bring potatoes to a boil, and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain potatoes, and place in a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add garlic, butter, and goat cheese, and mix on low until smooth, being careful not to overmix or they will become gummy. If potatoes are dry, mix in warm milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until potatoes come together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. *Note you can also mash your potatoes by hand with either a fork or hand masher.
September 24th, 2015
Fall has finally arrived and it is one of our favorite times of the year! Fall gives us so many great ingredients that work with our Authentic French Cheeses from apples to pears to cinnamon and nutmeg to hearty root vegetables. These great ingredients also allow for great meals. We love a hearty soup or stew as well fun apple and pumpkin dishes. For now let’s keep it simple. Fall fruits like apples, grapes, pears and cranberries pair great with our French Cheeses. Try apples with our Brie. Cranberries with our Goat and grapes with our Blue!
September 16th, 2015
Avocados have grown immensely in popularity over the past couple of years. They are flavorful, full of nutrients and versatile, which makes them extremely appealing to people. As mentioned, avocados are extremely versatile when it comes to eating and cooking with them. They make great additions to salad, tacos, breakfasts, toast among others but one of the most popular dishes to make with avocados is, of course, guacamole. Guacamole is traditionally made with avocados, onions, jalapenos and cilantro. However, there are many ways to add an exciting twist to your guac. Below is a recipe for one we really enjoy! It’s guacamole with goat cheese. The goat cheese adds an additional creaminess and tang to the guacamole.
3 avocados, cut into cubes
4 oz crumbled Ile de France Goat Cheese
4 tbsp chopped onion
1/2 medium size jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 tsp. salt and as needed
3 tbsp. lime juice
In a bowl mash avocados until slightly chunky. Add in chopped onion, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice and salt. Then, gently fold in crumbled goat cheese. Serve with pita chips or veggies!