Category: Cheese

Fig and Goat Cheese Spread

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Entertaining in the summer should be easy. The hot days make you a little lazy and, of course, you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen when you can be outdoors! This quick and easy Fig and Goat Cheese Spread fits the bill for laid-back outdoor living.

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The sweetness of the figs is a great foil for the tart goat cheese. Use a fork to mix the fig jam into room temperature goat cheese, but don’t combine thoroughly, leave streaks throughout.

Include the spread on a cheese or charcuterie board. It’s also great in lieu of butter on a tasty loaf of bread.

The little charcuterie plate I put together here includes some Genoa salami and sopressata, the saltiness of these meats with the sweet and tart spread go very well together. Add a little fruit and some sour cornichons and pickled onions and you’ve covered all the taste profiles on one small plate!

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See out post on how to make crostini; omit the cheese step.

Happy 4th of July!

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Fig & Goat Cheese Spread

Fig & Goat Cheese spread couldn’t be easier to make and it’s really delicious. Use it on a cheese board or use on crusty bread instead of butter.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: generous 1/2 cup
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons fig spread or jam

Instructions

  1. Gently mix the goat cheese and fig spread together, but don’t completely combine. Leave streaks of both throughout.
  2. Serve on crostini or crackers or crusty bread

 

 

Crostini

Cheesy crostini

Crostini, which means little crusts in Italian, is simply toasted slices of a baguette or other crust bread. This can be done a couple of ways: baked in the oven or placed on a hot griddle or grill to get a smoky taste and aroma.

Brushing with a little oil on the surface is optional and not necessary for this recipe since we’re topping our crostini with Gruyere cheese, which we’ll melt in the oven. Use with our French Onion Soup!

Cheesy crostini

Another way to flavor the crostini is to rub a whole clove of garlic on the toasted bread as soon as it comes out of the oven, the heat of the bread softens the sharpness of the garlic.

By cutting the crostini on an angle the shape is elongated and takes three to four bites to eat.

Cheesy crostini

For a smaller size crostini, cut straight across.

Cheesy crostini

Top with sliced cheeses or meats, roasted vegetables or a wide variety of spreads. The possibilities are endless.

Cheesy crostini

Crostini go great with cocktails and are easy to prepare. Keep them in an airtight container to prevent them from getting soft. Top just before serving to keep them crispy.

Cheesy Crostini Video.
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Cheesy Crostini

Cheesy crostini

Crostini go great with cocktails and are easy to prepare. Keep them in an airtight container to prevent them from getting soft. Top them just before serving to keep them crispy.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 30 crostini
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette
  • olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice the baguette either on an angle or straight across into slices wide enough to hold a topping and yet thin enough not to overwhelm it.
  3. Optional: lightly brush the slices with oil.
  4. Place the slices on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
  5. Optional: rub the garlic clove over the top of each crostini.
  6. Cool.

 

Baked Cheddar Cheese and Ham Omelet

Back to School Dinner Recipe

Mornings are hectic and it’s unlikely that a home-cooked robust breakfast is appearing on the table. Everyone is in hurry to grab a bite and catch the bus or head off to work. This is a very good time to have breakfast for dinner with a Baked Cheddar Cheese and Ham Omelet.

Eggs are nutritious and versatile. You can prepare them simply by frying, scrambling or poaching. Serve with toast and ham or sausage on the side and some steamed vegetables. Simple, quick and easy.

Back to School Dinner Recipe

You can also make heartier preparations like baked omelets. I recommend cooking extra vegetables on the weekend, cut them up and put in a container. Buy a slice of ham and dice it up and save in a container or pre-cook some sausages, dice up and save in a container. Sauté a diced onion and save in a container. Having roasted root vegetables this weekend? Save the leftovers in a container.

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Don’t have leftovers? No worries. Take advantage of the pre-cut vegetables most grocery stores offer these days: thinly sliced bell peppers, little buds of broccoli or cauliflower. Buy a zucchini or some green beans and cut into bite-size pieces. Best of all, there is no need to precook these vegetables. Pick up a package of your favorite shredded cheese and you can prep dinner in 20 minutes or less.

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What to serve on the side: toasted English muffins, a nice crusty bread, muffins or scones; you don’t have to bake, pick them up with your morning coffee!

Warm the bread, muffins or scones in the oven after you remove the omelet, which needs to sit a good 10 minutes to set before slicing. A nice green salad or a side of steamed vegetables rounds out this meal nicely.

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While the omelet bakes you can set the table, or perhaps the kids can do that when they get home from school, check on homework status, get into some comfortable after-work clothes and maybe even have a glass of wine!

You’ve made a delicious, nutritious meal in a very short time with very little cleanup after and it’s economical. If you have any leftovers, send it the lunchbox.

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Baked Cheddar Cheese and Ham Omelet

Back to School Dinner Recipe

Mornings are hectic and it’s unlikely that a home-cooked robust breakfast is appearing on the table. Everyone is in hurry to grab a bite and catch the bus or head off to work. This is a very good time to have breakfast for dinner with a Baked Cheddar Cheese and Ham Omelet.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 6 portions
  • Category: Eggs
  • Method: Baking

Ingredients

  • one dozen large eggs
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup small pieces broccoli florets
  • 1 cup small pieces cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup diced ham

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease an 8- by 8- by 2-inch cake/brownie pan.
  2. Beat the eggs, half and half, salt and pepper until frothy.
  3. Scatter the fillings across the bottom of the pan and cover with the scrambled eggs.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. The omelet is done when puffed, solid in the middle and a little golden on the edges. Let sit 15 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Send leftovers in the lunch box tomorrow.

 

Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella Crostini

I’ve made this hors d’oeuvre a couple of times and it’s always a big hit. I like the presentation and when you bit into each Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella Crostini, there’s a lot going on – sweet, salty, juicy, crunchy. I usually make enough for 3-4 pieces per person, less if there are other options.

This weekend I happened to have some leftover pesto, which I spread on the bottom of the crostini – a great addition to an already delicious bite.

 

Blue Cheese and Bacon Sliders

Small plates are great fun for parties. And small plates give everyone a chance to sample lots of dishes without too much guilt. These Blue Cheese and Bacon Sliders are flavorful and easy to make. I’ll serve these on mini onion rolls.

I added the cheese, bacon, chives, and sour cream, for moisture, into the hamburger meat. It seems to make sense rather than  pile these on top of such a small sandwich.

Method

Combine the beef, blue cheese, bacon, chives, sour cream, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Use your hands to knead the ingredients into the ground beef.

Form into a 1 1/2 ounce meatballs and flatten.

Refrigerate for a couple of hours. Cook and serve, or freeze.

Cook’s tasting sample – delicious!

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Blue Cheese and Bacon Sliders

Make these Blue Cheese and Bacon Sliders for parties. Small plates are lots of fun for you and guests – and it feels guilt-free because of the size!

 

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld

Ingredients

1 pound ground chuck (80/20)
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
4 ounces cooked bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

Combine chuck, cheese, bacon, sour cream, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Measure 1 1/2 ounces for each slider, roll into a meatball, then flatten.

Refrigerate for a couple of hours and grill, panfry, or freeze for a later date.

Garnish: Slice of cherry tomato, sprig of watercress or arugula, served on a mini roll.