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Quick & Easy Cheeseboard

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I have done different cheeseboards on here but I figured I would share another one.  As I mentioned on a prior post, I partnered up with Giant Foods to come up with some easy ideas to entertain this holiday season and a cheeseboard is at the top of my list. Giant has an array of different cheeses, crackers and nuts to build the perfect platter. When building a cheese board you want to provide different cheeses and flavors to keep your company’s taste buds satisfied.

Here is what I included on this cheeseboard:

Blue cheese
Asiago
Aged cheddar
Cheddar
Nuts
Crackers
Salami
Caramel apples

A simple yet delicious selection. This is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party as well.

Stay safe and happy holidays.

Disclosure:
Thank you to Giant Foods for providing Homemade Delish with a gift card. Selections and opinions are my own.

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Kerrygold Mac and Cheese

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Mac and cheese to me is a staple of comfort food. I haven’t made homemade mac and cheese in a while, so I wanted to give it a try with one of my favorite brands of cheese and butter Kerrygold. I used Kerrygold aged cheddar and creamy dubliner cheese wedges. For the base of the sauce I used the unsalted Kerrygold butter. This is perfect for this weekend’s festivities of Labor Day. Your guests or host will not be disappointed. 

Ingredients
7 oz Kerrygold aged cheddar, shredded
8 Kerrygold dubliner cheese wedges 
2 tablespoons Kerrygold unsalted butter 
1/2 cup all purpose flour 
3 cups whole milk, hot 
1 cup heavy cream, hot 
Salt & pepper, to taste 
1 package orecchiette pasta
Pinch nutmeg 
1/2 cup crispy pancetta, more if desired 
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped for garnish 
Preparation: 
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add salt. Add the pasta and cook for 10 to 11 minutes, until al dente. Drain well. Set aside.
Next melt butter in a large saucepan and whisk in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk. Slowly whisk in the hot milk and cream. Cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly, until the white sauce is thickened and creamy. Now take off of the heat, add the Aged Cheddar and dubliner wedges, salt,pepper to taste and nutmeg. 
Take the cheese sauce and pour over drained and cooked pasta. Stir until everything is well incorporated. Top with pancetta and parsley. 
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Dates and Kerrygold cheese salad

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I think salads are fun to create. The toppings and dressing are endless possibilities. My new found interest has been roasting dates or figs.  They just compliment a salad so well; especially if you’re adding delicious Kerrygold cheese. I also went ahead and made homemade croutons using Kerrygold butter, giving the croutons that buttery amazing taste.

Salad Ingredients:

Watercress, or your favorite greens
4 pieces Kerrygold dubliner, sliced
Salt & pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 orange
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 roasted dates, chopped

Preparation:

In a large add juice of the Orange, olive oil, salt & pepper and whisk. Next add watercress, dates, cheese and toss together with dressing. Set aside.

Crouton ingredients:

2-3 day old pumpernickel bread, cut into pieces or cubes
1/4 cup Kerrygold butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Preparation:

Preheat oven 350 F degrees.

In a medium bowl toss all the above ingredients together. Place on to parchment paper and baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Top on salad and serve.

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Kerrygold Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is such a classic sandwich.  Many people have created different versions using different cheeses and breads.  I don’t think I have ever met someone who didn’t like a good homemade grilled cheese.  It reminds me of childhood and enjoying it with a cup of tomato soup for dipping.

A good cheese and bread are obviously important for making it the best; so I partnered up with Kerrygold Cheese ,one of my favorite brands, to create these 2 delicious grilled cheese sandwiches just for you.  The first one is a jalapeño and bacon grilled cheese using Kerrygold Blarney cheese and the classic Kerrygold Dubliner, but it’s also an inside and out grilled cheese.  The second I made a doughnut grilled cheese with fig jam, which I used Kerrygold Dubliner.  I hope you enjoy these little creations.

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Jalapeño bacon grilled cheese

Ingredients:
1/2 cup shredded Kerrygold Dubliner
1/2 cup shredded Kerrygold Blarney
2 tablespoons Kerrygold salted butter
1/4 cup jarred jalapeños slices
2 slices whole wheat Panini bread
2-3 slices of bacon

Preparation:

Take bread slices and butter both slices. Next add the cheese to the top of the butter. Now add more cheese to the non buttered/cheese side. Close and on medium skillet on medium to high heat. Press the bread slightly. Cook until golden brown about 3-5 minutes on each side.

Serve with soup, salad or on its own.

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Doughnut and fig jam grilled cheese

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Kerrygold Dubliner cheese
1 tablespoon fig jam
1 old fashion doughnut, cut in half
1 tablespoon Kerrygold salted butter

Preparation:

Cut doughnut in half and spread butter on to both sides. Now spread jam and cheese.

Take doughnut and add to skillet on medium to high heat. Slightly press down on doughnut. Cook until golden  brown 3-5 minutes.  Enjoy!

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Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese Boxy

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Even though St. Patrick’s day is over it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a delicious little Irish treat.  I was doing some research on traditional Irish dishes, and Boxy seemed like it would work for this post.  I partnered up with Kerrygold cheese to make this recipe.  A traditional Boxy is just potato based, but I went ahead and gave it a little twist adding the Kerrygold dubliner cheese and corned beef.  The only problem you will have is keeping your hands off of these; because they taste so amazing.  Enjoy them any time of day.

Ingredients:
2 raw potatoes, peeled & shredded (squeeze all the starchy moisture out of the potato)
2 cooked potatoes, peeled and shredded
Salt & pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons all purpose floor
1/4 cup corned beef, diced
1 cup Kerrygold Dubliner cheese, shredded
3-4 tablespoons canola oil, for frying
Horseradish mustard, for dipping and optional
Chives, diced for garnish

Preparation:
In a large bowl take the shredded potatoes, flour, cheese, s & p, and corned beef and toss together.  Now take about 1/4 cup of the mixture and form patties.

On medium to high heat add canola oil to a skillet.  Place the patties gently into hot oil.  Don’t over crowd the skillet. Takes about 4 minutes per side or until golden and crispy.

Serve with horseradish mustard and diced chives.  Enjoy

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Kerrygold Skellig Cheddar and Chive Scones

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Who doesn’t love a scone? You can pretty much get them in any flavor and get super creative when making them. My mother in law is a scone aficionado (if there is such a thing, haha) so she is usually my taste tester when it comes to making the perfect scone. If she says they are good then I know they are done right. In this recipe for a savory scone I wanted to use the best of the best when it came to butter and cheese. I used one of my favorite brands Kerrygold. I went ahead and used Skellig Sweet Cheddar cheese,Unsalted Kerrygold Irish Butter, Garlic & Herb butter. They were the perfect start to a cold Sunday morning.  I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus a little more for dusting

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup Skellig Sweet Cheddar, shredded

1-2 tablespoons chives, chopped

3 tablespoons Kerrygold unsalted butter, cut into little cubes

3 tablespoons Kerrygold garlic and herb butter

1 cup heavy cream

1 Egg, plus a teaspoon of water beaten, for eggwash

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and add cheese and chives. Slowly stir in the cream until the mixture forms a dough. On a slighly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 1/2 inch thick or so. Using a knife cut little triangles for the traditional scone look. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. When done let cool for about 20 minutes or so (if you dare, haha)

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Zucchini Quiche

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Yes I said Quiche! I love making Quiche.  It’s one of those things that you can put any kind of filling in and it just works.  Since today is Monday I figured I would keep it meatless.  I know alot of Quiches are made with a pastry crust but I figured I could cut that out and make it a little more figure friendly (but Please feel free to make it with a crust. This little savory pie is great the next day for brunch, lunch or even dinner again. Have it with a nice salad and you’re good to go.  I hope you enjoy it. 

Although known as a French dish, the quiche actually came from Germany. The word quiche means “cake” which came from the German word Kuchen.

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Zucchini, cubed

1 Cup of Bisquick

1 Cup of Cheese (in this case I used Sharp Cheddar)

1/2 Teaspoon of Marjoram

1/4 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/2 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive

1 Small to Medium Onion, diced

1 Tablespoon of dried Parsley

4 Eggs

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350F. Place everything in a big bowl and mix.  Place into 9″ inch baking pie dish and bake for about 35 minutes.  You want a nice golden crust on top.

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Homemade Farmer’s Cheese

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Not sure about you, but I am a LOVER of cheese.  Today I wanted to create something different in my kitchen so I decided to make some homemade farmer’s cheese.  I can’t believe how easy and how delicious it is to make right in the comfort of you own home.  After it’s all done you can enjoy as is or add different seasonings.  Enjoy with crackers, bread, veggies and fruit.  I actually had to put it away or I would eat the whole thing.  I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients:

1/2 Gallon (8 Cups) of Milk (2%, organic or Whole)

5 tablespoons of distilled vinegar

Wooden Spoon

1 large Pot

Colander

New Thin Dish Cloth (or Cheese Cloth)

Preparation:

Pour the milk into a large pot, and stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the milk from scorching on the bottom of the pot.  you will see that it will start to bubble on the edges.  Once that begins, turn off heat, add vinegar and keep stirring.  you will start to see the milk curdle.  Should take about 5 minutes or less. Pour the milk through the cloth to catch the curds. What is left in the cloth is the Farmer’s Cheese. The liquid is the whey.  Gather the cloth around the cheese, and squeeze out as much of the whey as you can.  Place in a bowl (season with whatever you would like) or wrap it plastic, but if you’re like me and don’t want to wait go ahead enjoy it.

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BLPT Sandwich with Gorgonzala Cheese

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If you love BLT’s you will love this little twist.  I present to you a BLPT, Bacon (turkey bacon in this case), Lettuce, Pear and Tomato.  I also decided to add some gorgonzola cheese.  I love cheese with fruit and even honey.  Okay so all you to do is pile it on and Toast it, grill it or even place it on a skillet. 

Ingredients:

1 Pear, sliced

1 Tomato, sliced

Lettuce, leaf broken in half

Rye Bread, 2 Slices

Butter, spread on bread (optional)

1/4 cup of gorgonzola cheese per sandwich (you can add less or more)

Turkey Bacon ( or vegan and real bacon)

Preparation:

Spread some butter on rye bread and pile all your ingredients on. Place on Grill, Skillet or Toast to get a nice golden crispy color.  Cut and enjoy with some Sweet Potato Chips.

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Beer Cheddar Biscuits

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mmmm I love me some biscuits.  Growing up with my father being a baker I think I just love bread in general.  I love the smell of dough and the aroma it leaves when baking.  This little biscuit is great for all your comfort food pairing this winter.  Enjoy with some chili or roasted chicken with gravy. It’s totally up to you on how you want to indulge.  It’s a quick biscuit to make, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to buying store bought biscuits after creating these.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

1 teaspoon onion powder or garlic powder (optional)

1 cup milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons of Amber or Dark beer

1 egg (optional)

Preparation:

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne, and onion powder. Mix then make a well in the center of the bowl and add the milk, butter,beer and cheese. (this is optional but you can add an egg to make it a little more moist) Mix gently with a spatula. The dough will be sticky and moist. Using an ice cream scoop, portion the batter onto a baking sheet, leaving an inch around each biscuit.

Bake in the oven until the biscuits are golden brown 20 to 25 minutes

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