Celebrating with Cabot’s Favorite Holiday Recipes
Let’s face it, gearing up for the holidays can be stressful. There’s so much to do; you can just feel the minutes ticking away. ‘Tis the season to be jolly…and often overwhelmed.
The frenzy of holiday preparations can be offset by time spent with family and friends, counting our blessing and cherishing the happy times. One of the best ways to make the most of this time together is to share good food with the people we care for most.
Just in time for your holiday preparations we’re sharing Cabot’s most popular appetizers and finger foods. Some – like our most popular recipe ever, the Cabot Cheddar Tree – are as much fun to create as they are to eat. They a perfect family project for all ages.
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Getting children involved in the kitchen during the holidays is a sure-fire way to create a lifetime of memories. Our Holiday Cheddar Tree has become a perennial favorite – it’s so much fun to create and it’s a perfect project for even the youngest kitchen helpers.
Here’s another fun holiday cheese display – this gorgeous and great tasting Holiday Cheddar Wreath. Your guests will love your ingenuity and savor every cheesy bite!
This next dish gets my family’s enthusiastic endorsement every year. They love this delicious Cheddar Cheese Ball cleverly disguised as a winter pinecone. With its almond “scales” and rosemary branches, it looks and smells every bit as good as it tastes. And if you have any left over after your party, this cheese ball makes an amazing grilled cheese sandwich. Just butter two slices of bread, spread the cheese ball onto the slices and grill it until it is toasty, golden brown on the outside and melted deliciousness on the inside.
How pretty and festive are these little Cranberry Cheddar Pita Bites? If you’re like me, you might have cranberry sauce left over after a holiday meal. I love to use it to make these beautiful little appetizers, because they are so easy and so easy to love. Yumminess with a pop of holiday color, that’s what I’m talking about!
And with just a bit more effort, you can make these Cheddar Pistachio Cranberry Pops, little bursts of flavor to pop in your mouth and enjoy. They’re like a bite-sized cheese ball covered in chopped tart cranberries and salty pistachios, a taste combination that compliments the cheesy goodness inside.
This Cheddar with Honey, Walnuts & Dried Cherries might just be the easiest appetizer you can make, but it is so delicious and so elegant, you can simply sit back and let your guests enjoy. A few simple ingredients paired with a fresh baguette or apple slices and your evening is made.
There’s so much to enjoy about the flavors that make this Focaccia with Cheddar, Caramelized Red Onions and Sage. This hearty appetizer is perfect for cold-weather gatherings and holiday parties.
Cheddar and apples are a classic New England combination. You can be sure that almost everyone will love our Apple, Cheddar & Walnut Toast appetizers. Thinly sliced French bread topped with apple slices and cheddar then sprinkled with walnut pieces creates a deliciously simple snack for any occasion.
This next recipe is an all-time Cabot fan favorite. Try our Stuffed Fingerling Potatoes with Horseradish Cheddar for an inventive and totally yummy hot appetizer. The star of this dish is Horseradish Cheddar, with its creamy texture and bold taste, and the addition of bacon and chives take this appetizer to a whole new level of goodness.
Another flavored Cabot cheddar is the featured player in our last recipe. Asparagus-Prosciutto Rolls with Tomato Basil Cheddar are destined to become a new favorite in the appetizer category. This sophisticated yet uncomplicated addition to your next holiday party line up is certain to garner rave reviews.
All of these recipes are easy to make – some are truly child’s play – and all of them are perfect for any upcoming holiday gatherings. Whether you’re planning a casual night in front of the fire with family and friends, or a formal gathering to ring in the season, be sure to include these Cabot favorite recipes.
From the 1,200 farm families who own Cabot to your family – Happy holidays!
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Candace Karu is Cabot’s Lifestyle Commentator and Favorite Foodie. (Yup, that’s her real title!) When she’s not on the road representing Cabot’s farm family owners, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.