5 Next-Level Cheesy Appetizer Recipes

Entertaining, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Special Occasions
on December 1, 2015
Parmesan Crisps
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PARMESAN-PEPPER CRISPS

On a parchment-lined baking sheet, mound 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese in a 3-inch round. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Repeat as desired, leaving about 1/2 inch between each round. Bake at 350F until crisp and golden, about 6 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet, then remove with a spatula. Serve alone or with cold cuts.

GRUYERE CHEESE STRAWS

Gruyere Cheese Straws | 5 Stunning Cheese Appetizer Ideas

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Sprinkle 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese on a work surface; top with a sheet of thawed puff pastry. Sprinkle 1 more cup shredded Gruyère on top of puff pastry, along with 2 tsp dry mustard; season with salt and pepper. Roll out puff pastry to a 12-inch square. Cut into 1-inch strips, then twist each strip 2 to 3 times and transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375F until puffed and browned in spots, 15 to 18 minutes.

WORCESTERSHIRE CHEDDAR SPREAD

Cheddar Cheese Spread | 5 Easy Cheese Appetizer Ideas

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Shred 2 (8-oz) blocks sharp Cheddar cheese, then pulse in a food processor with 1 minced shallot, 6 Tbsp softened unsalted butter and 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Process until smooth.

CLASSIC FONDUE

Classic Cheese Fondue | 5 Easy Cheese Appetizer Ideas

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Toss 3/4 lb each shredded Gruyère and Swiss cheese with 2 Tbsp cornstarch. Rub 1 peeled garlic clove all over inside of a Dutch oven or fondue pot, then add 1 cup white wine; bring to a simmer. Slowly add cheeses, stirring until smooth, then add 1 Tbsp dry mustard. Serve with cubed bread.

BLUE CHEESE-STUFFED DATES

Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates | 5 Easy Cheese Appetizer Ideas

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Cut a lengthwise slit in pitted dates without slicing all the way through. Fill cavity with a small spoonful of blue cheese, then press in sides to shape. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper. Top with chopped walnuts, pecans or pomegranate seeds.