Archive for November, 2015

A Classic: Brie en Croute

Tuesday, 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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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!

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Mmm Bacon…

Wednesday, 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!

Ingredients:

1 pound dates

4 oz goat cheese

1 pound bacon

Toothpicks

Directions:

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.

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November Begins The Holiday Season

Friday, 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!

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