How to Make an Epic Cheeseboard
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Grilled Mini Sweet Peppers with Goat Cheese
Grilled Mini Sweet Peppers with Goat Cheese - where little peppers are grilled until softened and charred, and then filled with tangy goat cheese. A sprinkling of fresh herbs and smoked sea salt finishes them off! Watch the video!
Spicy Avocado Hummus
Guacamole meets chickpeas for a Cali-Middle East mashup in this healthy avocado hummus recipe. Jalapeños can be hot or not so much--taste and adjust for your palate.
Two-Bite Parmesan Biscuits
These addictive biscuits are baked on a bed of grated Parmesan cheese, resulting in a crispy, cheesy crust around the bottom of each biscuit. Perfect on their own, try them drizzled with a bit of honey, or improvise by tossing a few handfuls of fresh thyme or chives into the dough to take them over the top. The dough can be prepped and frozen, making these an easy addition to a festive bread basket or for sandwiching a holiday ham. Keeping biscuit ingredients and dough extra cold ensures the…
Smoked Sausage Pretzel Bites
Bite-size pretzels with a hidden surprise make for great appetizers. Instead of the usual pigs-in-a-blanket, try these smoked sausage-filled pretzel nuggets made with prepared pizza dough. Our Test Kitchen recommends using Spicy and Hot Conecuh brand sausage, which is full of flavor and just the right size when cut into pieces. If you can’t find it, look for Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies. Bake these pretzel bites up for your next tailgate party or holiday gathering.
Baked Goat Cheese Spread with Pepper Jelly
No appetizer spread is complete without a cheesy dip. Cream cheese makes this warm dip super smooth, while a layer of pepper jelly adds tangy flavor. Pepper jelly straight out of the jar will be too thick to spread evenly, so give it a good stir to help to loosen it. You can prepare the goat cheese mixture one day in advance; place it in a baking dish and store in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, let the dish sit at room temperature for 20 minutes, then proceed with the recipe…
Cheesy Mushroom Tartlets
Looking for a vegetarian appetizer that’s still meaty and satisfying? Try these rich mushroom- and cheese-filled puff pastry bites. Chive-and-onion cream cheese is the secret ingredient here—it makes a delicious filling without any work at all. After cooking the mushrooms, be sure to let them cool slightly so that they don’t release too much liquid in the tartlets.
Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
Two favorite party appetizers—creamy spinach dip and stuffed mushrooms—combine to make one incredible bite. Look for medium to large button mushrooms (some supermarkets sell them in bulk bins) and be sure to season the cavities with salt and pepper. When you add the spinach filling, the mushrooms will be heaping full, but the filling will cook down in the oven as they bake.
Blue Cheese Dip with Herbs
The concentrated dairy flavor of labneh, a strained yogurt, combined with 2 cups of crumbled blue cheese makes this blue cheese dip recipe exciting. Thin leftovers with more vinegar to make an easy blue cheese salad dressing.
Bacon Deviled Eggs
To me, a good deviled egg is one with a well-seasoned, firm filling—and lots of thick-cut bacon. There’s so much bacon goodness here that you won’t be able to pipe the filling into these eggs; the piping bag would immediately clog up! Instead, use a small teaspoon and carefully mound the filling inside each egg white half. Steaming the eggs in a steamer basket set over a saucepan of boiling water might seem unusual but it really works. Steamed eggs are much easier to peel and the method…
Smoky Kimchi Pimiento Cheese
Many Southern cooks have their own special riff on pimiento cheese. This one is mine, and it always receives raves when I serve it—especially when folks expect the same ol’ pimiento cheese. Since I’m half-Korean, so is this recipe, which blends a little kimchi into the mix. Look for kimchi in the produce section, close to the tofu and egg roll wrappers. Between the kimchi and the smoked bell pepper (done with an easy, quick stovetop method), the flavor is about as far away from subtle as you…