By: Erika Rodriguez
Entertaining this holiday season? Not sure what to make? Chef Duran has this holiday's must-have food, recipes, and entertaining tips!
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I like to start serving a few appetizers while my guests are waiting for the big meal. I have here three recipes made with delicious ooey gooey Jarlsberg Cheese known for its nutty, mild, mellow and sweet flavor made from the original Norwegian recipe for over 60 years. Fruit and cheese blend so nicely together. I made these Apple Bacon Turnovers with a mix of granny smith apples, bacon, applesauce and Jarlsberg cheese tucked into a puff pastry. Or these Pear Walnut Crostini made with a piece of toasted French baguette, slices of pear, cheese, and walnuts with a touch of rosemary and honey. Or create a simple winter cheese board with fresh figs, fresh pomegranate, dark chocolate, and candied pecans which pair beautifully with this cheese and your favorite red wine. Head to jarlsberg.com to get the recipes.
Jarlsberg, Pear and Walnut Crostini
Yield: 8-10 servings
1 baguette or fresh French bread
1 cup Jarlsberg, shredded
2 ripe pears, sliced
½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
Rosemary, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 350F. Slice bread; brush each side with olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet. Top each with shredded Jarlsberg and a thinly sliced pear; bake for 8-10 minutes, or until bread is golden brown and toasted and cheese is slightly melted. Garnish with walnuts, rosemary, and a drizzle of honey.
The holidays aren’t complete without my homemade cranberry relish. You only need 4 simple ingredients – whole cranberries, orange juice, orange zest, and a little raw honey. It cooks in 15 – 20 minutes. I like that you really get a depth of flavor without having to add a ton of sugar to the recipe. And you can make it up to a week ahead of time so you can save time on the big day, it’s all ready to go!