Cheese Party Gems


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Cheese Party Gems

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Chèvre Balls:

Toppings:

  • Spicy: 1/3 cup dried hot peppers (ancho chilies are the best)
  • Sophisticated: ¼ cup chopped fresh lavender and 1/8 cup coarse ground peppercorn
  • Sweet: 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots and 1/3 cup candied or spiced pecans or walnuts

Cheese Shot Glasses:

  • one 8-ounce jar fresh pesto
  • one 15-ounce can high-quality roasted red pepper soup, chilled
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, plain
  • ¾ cup pine nuts, toasted

Bacon-Wrapped Bijou:

  • 5 Bijou
  • 10 slices high-quality bacon

Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche Canapés:

  • 8 ounces crème fraîche, whipped until medium peaks form. (This is just like whipping cream, but keep an eye on it because it is quick!)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or pickled horseradish, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon chives, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 12 slices of 1- x 1-inch Danish pumpernickel bread
  • 6 ounces smoked salmon, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon dill, chopped

 

Chèvre Balls

  • Cut each log of fresh goat cheese into 12 pieces and roll into a small ball (most easily done when chèvre is at room temperature). 
  • Roll ball in topping and place on a plate and serve. 
  • These can be made a day in advance and refrigerated. Bring up to room temperature before serving.

Cheese Shot Glasses

  • Use eight 2½ to 3 ounce shot glasses. For each glass, pour 2 tablespoons of pesto, then 2 tablespoons ofsoup, then crumble some chèvre on top, and add 1 tablespoon of pine nuts.

Bacon-Wrapped Bijou 

  • Wrap each Bijou with 2 slices of bacon, crosswise. 
  • Bake in the oven at 400°F for 10 minutes, until bacon is cooked.
  • Blot baked-oil bacon fat with paper towel, let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche Canapés

  • Mix crème fraîche, horseradish, chives, and lemon peel in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper. Spread 1 teaspoon of the mixture over each bread slice. 
  • Divide smoked salmonamong bread slices.
  • Sprinkle each canapé with dill.