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Don't slave away in the kitchen this summer, make these simple delights and go enjoy the sunshine!
Having guests over in the summer is all about enjoying the weather – and that's impossible when you're stuck in the kitchen. Luckily, Ile de France Cheeses can supply all the flavors you and your guests need - with little work required!
So make these fast flavor appetizers and head outside!
- It only takes a few minutes to turn Ile de France Goat Cheese into a great seasonal snack - just serve it on your favorite crackers with drizzled honey and crushed almonds.
- Gourmet cheese balls can be whipped up using any of our lusciously creamy cheeses. Roll some St. Andre, Ile de France Brie or St. Agur into balls and immerse them in some fresh spices in a shallow cake pan – they'll look great and make incredible toppings for bread and crackers.
- To make a Stuffed Brie appetizer, take a wheel of chilled Brie and slice it the long way. Spread sweet chutney or preserves on one layer, topping with the other to create a sandwich. Serve at room temperature with crackers and berries.
- Verrines - single serve appetizers served in glasses – look a lot more complicated then they are. Make a simple one with Goat Cheese mixed with honey (use a hand mixer and a 4-1 cheese-to-honey ratio for fluffy texture) layered with strawberries and blueberries to create a vibrant color contrast.
- Cheese dips are always a hit and parties, and Ile de France Goat Cheese definitely won't disappoint. Make a creamy Goat Cheese, tomato & chive dip - chives, garlic and onions with the tang of fresh tomatoes makes a hearty dip that's perfect with carrots, celery, bread and chips.
- Tartines are small open-faced sandwiches. For something decadently flavorful, try Roquefort Cheese with bacon on toasted baguette slices. Drizzle a bit of honey and add black pepper for even more flavor. For more tartine recipes, click here.
- Summer is the season of berries. Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries happen to be some of the best fruits to pair with French Cheese. Their sweet juiciness is a nice contrast with creamy, salty Ile de France cheeses. Serving the combination as an appetizer is as simple as cutting fromage into cubes and serving alongside different berries in small bowls, with toothpicks as utensils.