For being so crazy about cheese, I don’t think I ever realized there was an actual cheese day, until I was searching for a fondue recipe to use for our traditional New Years Eve Fondue Feast.
But that’s ok, I now know and am ready to be super cheesy for National Cheese Lovers Day! What are we eating? One of my favorite cheesy things to make is a quesadilla. Whenever I’m running way behind, but don’t want to feed my kid pure crap for dinner, out fly the tortilla, cheese & wah-la! Quesadilla. And I think what I love so much about making these is that there are so many ways you can make them. Just last night I made breakfast quesadillas (for dinner) with wheat flour tortillas, hash browns, bacon, eggs and, of course, cheese. Generally when I make a quesadilla I use Colby-jack, or marble, cheese. With it’s mellow, lightly salty and slightly sweet flavor, I don’t get many objections when this cheese is served.
I’m definitely using this day as an excuse to buy a wheel of Brie. I’m a huge fan of brie, which is rich but very creamy, and when used in this next dish so is everyone else in my house.
For breakfast I’ll be making melted brie over warmed apples on a toasted croissant. As simple as it sounds to make. Heat the oven to 350. Core and slice an apple or two. Green apples are a nice pair to brie. If the brie you have is still in the rind, cut and place it in a baking dish on its side so when it melts it melts out of the rind making it a bit easier to spread. On a baking sheet place your croissants, whole, and apples. Your croissants you’ll slice open after they’ve been toasted. Place your baking sheet, and the dish holding the brie in the oven. Pull the them out when the croissants are toasted to your liking. If the brie has been sitting at room temperature before baking, it will melt easily and should be ready by the time your croissants are toasted. All that’s left is to slice croissants, arrange apples, and spread brie. Oh, and watch it disappear.
If you’re looking for a fresh and fast snack, or easy party hors d’oeuvres, try this next treat. Slice up fresh tomatoes, I prefer Roma’s, and some fresh mozzarella. Place a slice of the mozzarella on top of a slice of tomato, and drizzle with a balsamic vinegar glaze.
Dinner will be a new recipe I found at Ilovecheese dot com, for Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza. ( http://ilovecheese.com/recipe.asp?Recipe=Chicken+Cordon+Bleu+Pizza ) My inner FoodNetwork chef told me to make some super fancy meal, but I think I really want to do fun and tasty and this recipe practically jumps up and down yelling ’PICK ME!!’. It this recipe doesn’t sound as yummy to you, though, I still recommend checking out this site for some really good cheese recipes, and also doing this fun Cheese Profiler. ( http://ilovecheese.com/cheese_profiler.asp ) I really enjoyed this site.
Naturally I’m not stopping there. There HAS to be dessert! How about some mini mock cheesecakes:
What you’ll need:
Grab a large tube of refridgerated cookie dough.
24 count cupcake pan & liners
1 brick (8oz) cream cheese (room temp)
1 cup sugar
Put it together:
Preheat oven to 325
whip together cream cheese, sugar, egg until fluffy. (sometimes for the fun of it I add a dollop of sour cream to the mix)
scoop cookie dough in tablespoon sized scoops and press into cupcake liners
evenly scoop cheese filling into each liner
Bake, for roughly 20 to 30 mins, keeping an eye on it and pulling it out when they start to get a light golden brown.
cool & enjoy!! (we always do)
And this concludes what will be a very cheesy day at my house. May yours be just as cheesy and delicious!