Make Ahead Apple Butter-and-Cheddar Puffs

To get ahead, make these appetizers through Step 2 and freeze up to 1 month. Go straight to the oven from freezer; simply add 5 to 10 minutes to the bake time.

Tip: Use our Easy Apple Butter for the best flavor and texture. In a pinch, store-bought apple butter that has been boiled for 5 minutes (to thicken) may be substituted.

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Yield: Makes 1 1/2 dozen
Total time: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes

Ingredients

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Make-Ahead Spinach & Cheese Strata

Take some spinach, cheese, and bread cubes, soak them in a custard-sauce overnight, bake until puffed and golden the next morning, and what do you get? Why, the uber-delicious Spinach and Cheese Strata. One bite of this moist, delicious, nutmeg-y Strata, and you’ll throw away your box of breakfast cereal.

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Servings: 6

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Cheese Blintzes with Blueberry Sauce

The filling of these classic cheese blintzes gets its perfect consistency from a mix of cottage and farmer cheeses. A simple blueberry sauce tops off the dish. If blueberries aren’t in season, frozen berries can be substituted. Use unsweetened, and do not defrost them before combining with the sugar and cornstarch.

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YIELD: Makes 12 blintzes

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Three Cheese Tomato Tart

Here’s a retro tomato pie (with a little makeover).  A frozen puff pastry is just the solution to cut a few minutes from the recipe.

This makes a perfect summer appetizer, but you can enjoy it as a special lunch all on your own. This is one of those recipes that just takes you aback the first time you have a bite. You just won’t believe how delicious (and easy) it is! And then you find yourself standing in the kitchen, shoveling eating slices without even getting a plate. And that’s when you know you’ve had success, right?

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Serves 4 as entrée, 8 as appetizer

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Turkey, Bacon, and Havarti Sandwich

Stack leftover sliced turkey with cheese and other toppings on a fresh sourdough loaf to make four sandwiches in one. Havarti is a Danish cheese that is semi-soft with small irregular holes and a mild flavor. You can substitute whatever you have on hand, including Muenster or Swiss cheese for Havarti and cranberry sauce in place of bell peppers and vinaigrette.
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Ingredients

  • 1 (7-inch) round sourdough bread loaf
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced smoked deli turkey
  • 6 (1-oz.) Havarti cheese slices
  • 1 (12-oz.) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and sliced
  • 4 fully cooked bacon slices
Preparation

 

1. Cut top 2 inches off sourdough loaf, reserving top; hollow out loaf, leaving a 1-inch-thick shell. (Reserve center of bread loaf for other uses, if desired.)

2. Drizzle 2 Tbsp. vinaigrette evenly in bottom bread shell; layer with half each of turkey, cheese, and peppers. Repeat layers with remaining turkey, cheese, and peppers, and top with bacon. Drizzle evenly with remaining 2 Tbsp. vinaigrette, and cover with reserved bread top; press down firmly.

3. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours before serving. Cut into 4 wedges.

 

recipe from: southernliving.com

 

Cheese and Wine Together

How to match cheese and wine?

Both cheese and wine, with their centuries-old traditions, are natural products that are frequently consumed together. As a rule, the whiter and fresher the cheese the crisper and fruitier the wine should be. The great advantage of this union is that cheese and wine are both foods that can be enjoyed in their “raw” state, with little or no preparation, making them an ideal choice for quick snacks.

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Cheese Serving and Storage Tips

Cheese. We all love cheese.

And with over 650 varieties of cheese, there’s enough cheese for everyone to love.

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Cheese is sold in blocks, wheels, powder packets, spreads, individually sliced, shredded, and from a whipped cream can. There are hard cheeses and soft ones, pungent cheeses and milder ones. To list each and

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Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Salad

Fresh, creamy mozzarella and crisp, juicy cherry tomatoes are a perfect combination. Add a red wine vinegar dressing with the bite of a little bit of garlic. Toss with some minced fresh parsley and you have a great, simple salad that is ready in no time at all. The hardest part is letting it marinate for 15 minutes before you eat it.Mozzarella-Tomato-Salad

Serves 4

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