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Super Bowl – Entertaining with Cheese

 

Just when you think party season is over, football playoffs start and Super Bowl is just around the corner. This typically means

Saturdays or Sundays with a house full of hungry people needing to be fed. Guests at these gatherings usually expect nothing more than finger foods to snack on. What’s the simplest finger food of them all?? CHEESE!!

Cheese requires no cooking, it can sit at room temperature for a long time and it goes with almost everything. All cheese requires is cubing, slicing, or placing wedges on a platter, where the guests can cut off however much they want. Cheese is also one of the most versatile and most used of all foods.

When entertaining with cheeses for Super Bowl, keep it simple. Have cheeses that will pair with everything from Hot Wings to Meatballs; from soda to beer. When making a cheese plate, choose 3-5 different cheeses, make sure each cheese has its own serving piece so flavors don’t mingle, & serve all cheeses at room temperature to guarantee the best flavor. Also, keep in mind that everyone’s palate is different, so you should have a variety. Brie is a great option for people who like a mild, buttery cheese. Spreadables, are great for people who like their cheeses to also act a dip.

Cheddar and Gouda are both great for people who are a little more daring because both can range from mild & creamy to sharp & crumbly. Whatever you choose, all you need to remember is to HAVE FUN!!

Here is a wonderful recipe from Epicurious .com that can give your Super Bowl party a fancy flare.

Blue Cheese and Caramelized Shallot Dip

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 1/4 cups thinly sliced shallots (about 4 ounces)

3/4 cup mayonnaise

3/4 cup sour cream

4 ounces blue cheese, room temperature

Preparation

Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallots. Cover and cook until shallots are deep golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Cool.

Whisk together mayonnaise and sour cream in medium bowl to blend. Add blue cheese. Using rubber spatula, mash mixture until smooth. Stir in caramelized shallots. Season dip to taste with salt and pepper. Cover dip and refrigerate until flavors blend, about 2 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.) Serve dip chilled or at room temperature.

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