Cheese appetizers are very easy to prepare—and very gourmet. These are some of my favorite ways to turn Les Petites Fermieres and Natural and Kosher cheeses into company-ready appetizers (in no time at all).
Brie & Jam
Spread berry or cherry jam on top of a Les Petites Fermieres round of Brie. I love Bonne Maman, which is imported from France, and is now widely available at better food markets. Garnish with berries and mint leaves. Serve with crackers alongside and a sweet white wine or champagne.
Brie & a Honey Well
Warm the Les Petites Fermieres round of Brie in the oven for just a few moments. Once it’s warm, scrape the top. Pour in flavored honey, and top with pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts, or a mixture. You can also use pure maple syrup instead of honey (but not pancake syrup!).
Goat Cheese Hors D’oeuvre
Place chopped toasted pecans in a shallow dish. With your hands, form the goat cheese into 12 equal balls. Roll the balls one at a time into the nuts, turning to coat completely. Serve with sliced pears or grapes.
Herbed Goat Cheese Dip
Add 1 or 2 tablespoons heavy cream to the Natural & Kosher Goat Cheese to thin it. Mix in chopped fresh herbs and serve as a dip for vegetable crudités. Goat cheese is easy to digest, even for those who are lactose intolerant, so it is a great dip to serve company.
Sweet Goat Cheese Dip for Dessert
Thin out Natural & Kosher Goat Cheese with 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Serve it as a dipping sauce for strawberries.
Quesadillas with Dipping Sauces
Quesadillas are easy, kid-friendly, and gourmet too. Fill tortillas with Sugar River Chipotle Cheddar, Les Petites Fermieres Pepper Jack, a mixture of Pepper Jack and Cheddar, or Mozzarella and Sugar River Monterey Jack with Roasted Garlic and Basil. Fold tortilla in half. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray, and heat the tortilla on either side until cheese melts. Serve it with mango chutney, salsa, or bruschetta (chopped tomatoes, garlic, and basil, drizzled with olive oil) on the side as a dip, or with corn and avocado on top. If you use only chalav Yisrael cheeses, you can mix Natural & Kosher Mozzarella, Muenster, or Cheddar with fresh basil, mint, or cilantro for a zesty, satisfying quesadilla filling. You can even use Natural & Kosher American cheese for a meal kids are guaranteed to eat. Serve a salad on the side and you’re done.
As seen in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine (Summer 2012) - Subscribe Now