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Ultimate Grilled Cheese+

Ultimate Grilled Cheese+

Ultimate Grilled Cheese+

Savory. Sweet. Cheesy. Crispy. Goodness.

 

4 slices prosciutto di Parma

2 T. mayonnaise

4 slices sourdough bread

2 T. apricot jam

3/4 C. shredded Jarlsberg cheese

2 T. unsalted butter

 

Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, lay the slices of prosciutto in the pan and cook, turning once, until frizzled and crisp, about 1 minute per side. Spread the mayonnaise on one side of each slice of bread. Flip over and spread the jam on the other sides. Divide the cheese on the jam sides of two slices of bread, top with the crispy prosciutto, and top with the remaining bread slices, jam-side down, to form two sandwiches. Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat. Lay the sandwiches in the pan and cook, pressing down on them occasionally with a spatula and turning once, until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and cut each sandwich in half. Serve hot.

Grilled Cheese with Apricot Jam and Arugula

Grilled Cheese with Apricot Jam and Arugula

Grilled Cheese with Apricot Jam and Arugula

 

4 slices country bread

4 oz. Cheddar or Dubliner cheese, sliced

2 T. apricot (or other fruit) Jam

1 T. salted butter

1/4 C. arugula

 

Preheat a large skillet or sandwich press on medium-high heat. To assemble sandwiches, spread a thin layer of jam on one side of bread. Top with a double layer of cheese slices and second piece of bread. Generously butter outsides of both pieces of bread.  Put sandwiches in skillet and toast until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from pan. Carefully (it will be hot!) peel apart bread and place arugula inside and replace top slice of bread. Cut in half and serve immediately.

New Mex Migas

New Mex Migas

New Mex Migas

2 T. unsalted butter

⅓ C. chopped green onion (green parts only)

¼ C. chopped roasted and peeled green chile (or more to taste)

8 large eggs (beaten until smooth)

salt (to taste)

4 ounce tortilla chips (about 2 3/4 C.) preferably stale

2 C. grated cotija cheese (divided)

½ C. cooked black beans

¼ C. Mexican sour cream (plus more to taste)

1¼ C. coarsely chopped cilantro

 

Melt the butter over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add the green onions and cook until they wilt slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the green chile and cook until fragrant, another minute or two. Add the beaten eggs and let sit until they just begin to set, about 1 minute. Salt lightly, sprinkle the tortilla chips over top of the eggs and stir, folding the unset egg over the chips. Cook quickly (to keep the chips from softening), stirring until the eggs are almost set, then stir in half of the cotija cheese. When the eggs are set to your taste, an additional 2 to 3 minutes, divide the mixture evenly among 4 to 6 heated plates, or serve it family style on a large platter. Spoon over the black beans, then the remaining cheese, sour cream and the cilantro. Serve immediately.

Jarlsberg Cheese Fondue

Jarlsberg Cheese Fondue

Jarlsberg Cheese Fondue

 

1 clove garlic (peeled and halved)

½ C. fruity white wine

1 tsp. lemon juice

½ tsp. Dijon mustard

½ pound Jarlsberg cheese (grated)

¼ pound fontina cheese (grated)

bread cubes, sliced fruit or boiled baby potatoes (as needed for dipping)

 

Generously rub the insides of a medium saucepan with the garlic clove; discard remnants. Place the pan over medium heat. Whisk in the wine, lemon juice, and mustard. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then add the cheese 1 C. at a time stirring after each incorporation with a wooden spoon until smooth. Pour into a fondue pot set over a heat source or set the saucepan on a trivet. Serve immediately with the bread, fruit and/or potatoes.

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Olive Oil

2 C. marinara sauce

1/3 C. mascarpone cheese

1/4 C. chopped fresh Italian parsley

2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

1 lb purchased cheese tortellini

2 oz thinly sliced smoked mozzarella

1/4 C. parmesan

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil an 8×8 inch baking dish.

Whisk the sauce, mascarpone cheese, parsley and thyme in a large bowl to blend. Cook the tortellini in a large pot of boiling, salted water until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain. Add the tortellini to the sauce and toss to coat. Transfer the tortellini mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top the mixture with the smoked mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover and bake until the sauce bubbles and the cheeses on top melt, about 30 minutes.

Baked Gnocchi with Spinach and Ricotta

Baked Gnocchi with Spinach and Ricotta

Baked Gnocchi with Spinach and Ricotta

3/4 C. ricotta cheese

1/3 C. thinly sliced fresh basil

3 oz. shredded mozzarella, divided

1 oz. fresh grated Asiago cheese

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

salt and fresh ground black pepper

3 C. marinara sauce, divided

1 lb. packaged potato gnocchi, divided

2 C. baby spinach leaves, thinly sliced, divided

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In small bowl, whisk together ricotta, basil, 1/3 C. of the mozzarella, Asiago, egg and crushed red pepper. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. In an 8″ square baking dish coated with nonstick spray, spread a thin layer of the marinara sauce over the bottom. Arrange one-half of the uncooked gnocchi in a single layer – scatter half of the spinach on top. Using a spoon, add small dollops of half of the ricotta mixture on top of the spinach. Spoon a layer of marinara over the ricotta, leaving enough sauce behind for another layer on top. Repeat layering, adding all of the remaining sauce on top. Scatter the remaining mozzarella on top. Place into the oven and bake until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is lightly browned, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove and let sit 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with additional grated Asiago cheese before serving, if desired.

Cheesy Green Mish-Mash Soup

Cheesy Green Mish-Mash Soup

Cheesy Green Mish-Mash Soup

1 onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

3 T. coconut oil, ghee or butter

6 C. roughly chopped green vegetables

4 C. vegetable stock or basic chicken stock

1 C. of rocket/arugula or watercress

1 C. roughly chopped coriander, basil or flat leaf parsley leaves

pinch of salt

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 C. crumbed sharp cheddar

 

In a large saucepan, sauté the onion and garlic in the coconut oil. Add the green vegetables and stir for a minute, then pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the rocket, herbs and salt. Turn off the heat and puree until smooth using a blender, or transfer to a blender and pulse. Whisk in the lemon juice and stir through the cheese. Serve hot.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes

7-10 store bought, prepared crepes (or you can make your own)

2 C. cooked chicken, chopped

1/2 C. chopped (cooked) ham

1 C. shredded Swiss cheese

2 T. butter

2 T. flour

1 chicken bouillon cube, mashed into powder

1 1/2 C. warm milk

1/3 C. shredded Swiss cheese

For Garnish: chopped Parsley, optional

 

Assemble crepes: On each crepe, pile some chicken, some ham and Swiss cheese. Roll up or fold in quarters and place in a greased casserole dish (9×13).  Make sauce: In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add in flour and mashed bouillon cube. Stir and let cook for 1 minute to cook out the raw flour taste. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring this to a boil but watch so it doesn’t burn. Continue to stir and cook for a few minutes until it thickens. Remove from heat and add in 1/3 C. Swiss cheese. Stir until it melts. Pour 3/4 C. of sauce on top of the crepes. Bake 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley, if using. Heat remaining sauce and serve with crepes.  I made the crepes the day before and kept them in the fridge between sheets of wax paper.

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

8 oz. multi-grain elbow macaroni

3 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2″ thick pieces

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 large eggs

12 oz. canned evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

pinch fresh grated nutmeg

6 oz. (about 1 1/2 cup) shredded sharp white cheddar

2 oz. (about 1/2 cup) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 1/2 oz. (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup) fresh grated Parmesan cheese

 

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, stir in pasta and cook a couple minutes short of al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes depending on brand. Drain well and set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, add bacon and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the bacon is crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni 6 minutes (it will be undercooked). Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer bacon mixture using a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and evaporated milk. Add 1/2 tsp. salt, cayenne, nutmeg, cheeses and two to three tsp. bacon fat, if desired. Stir in cooked pasta and the cooked bacon and garlic mixture. Scoop mixture into an 8″ or 9″ baking dish coated with nonstick spray, spreading smooth with an off-set spatula. Place dish into the oven and bake until the sauce is bubbling at edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Fall Cheese Platter

Fall Cheese Platter

Fall Cheese Platter

2 medium apples, chopped (2 C.)

2 C. cranberries

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 C.)

1 small onion, finely chopped (1/4 C.)

3/4 C. packed brown sugar

1/2 C. golden raisins

1/2 C. white vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped gingerroot

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

 

16 slices (1 oz. each) assorted cheeses, such as Cheddar, Colby-Monterey Jack, Monterey Jack with jalapeño peppers and Swiss

1/4 C. hazelnuts, (filberts)

Crackers

 

In 2-quart saucepan, mix all chutney ingredients. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 1 hour, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and fruit is tender. Spoon into nonaluminum container. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.  Cut cheese with 1-, 1 1/2- and 2-inch leaf-shaped cookie cutters. Place cheese on medium platter, overlapping leaves. Sprinkle hazelnuts on platter to look like acorns. Serve with chutney and crackers.

Cheddar and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Cheddar and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Cheddar and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

8 slices applewood-smoked bacon (6 oz)

6 ounces Cheddar cheese, at room temperature (about 1 C. grated)

4 slices (from a medium to large loaf) country bread, sliced 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick

1/4 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/16 inch thick

2 T. unsalted butter (1 oz), at room temperature

 

Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, turning it once after 10 minutes, until crisp, about 20 minutes total, depending on the thickness. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain. Divide half the cheese between 2 slices bread and then divide the apple slices between them. Place 4 slices cooked bacon on each sandwich, top with the remaining cheese, and sandwich with the remaining bread slices. Spread the outside of each sandwich with 1/2 T. butter per slice of bread. (You can cover and refrigerate the sandwiches for an hour or so before heating them.) Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwiches and cook until the sandwich is golden brown and the cheese has melted, 3 to 4 minutes per side, pressing down with a spatula to flatten the sandwiches. (If the bread looks golden and done but the cheese hasn’t completely melted, arrange the sandwiches in a single layer on a baking sheet and finish them in the still-warm oven.) Transfer the grilled cheese sandwiches to a cutting board and cut them in half or, if you prefer, into bite-size pieces (about 8 per sandwich). Arrange the grilled cheese on a plate or platter and serve.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 453

Fat: .5g

Fiber: 1.2g

Apple and Cheddar Quiche

Apple and Cheddar Quiche

Apple and Cheddar Quiche

2 large apples (cored and cut into bite sized chunks)

1 C. apple cider

4 strips bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces)

6 sheets phyllo (thawed as directed on package)

1/4 C. olive oil

1/2 tsp. rosemary (chopped)

1 C. strong cheddar (grated)

4 eggs (lightly beaten)

1 C. half and half

 

Simmer the apple slices in the cider until they just start to turn tender, about 3-5 minutes, remove and set them aside. Simmer the remaining cider to reduce to about 2 T.. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a pan and set aside. Brush a sheet of phyllo pastry with the olive oil and fit it into the bottom of a greased 9 inch pie dish or springform pan with the ends hanging over the side of the pan and repeat with the remaining sheets placing them on top. Toss the apple slices in the reduced cider and spread them out over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the bacon, rosemary and cheddar cheese on top of the apples. Mix the eggs and half and half, pour into the pan and fold the edges of the phyllo dough that is hanging over the sides. Bake in a preheated 375F/190C oven until golden brown and set in the center, about 25-45 minutes.

Crustless Skillet Pizza

Crustless Skillet Pizza

Crustless Skillet Pizza

2 pounds lean ground meat

2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. black pepper

2 C. sugar-free pizza sauce

3 C. semi-hard cheese of choice (mozzarella, cheddar) divided

1 C. bell pepper chopped

1/2 C. red onion diced

6 large white mushrooms sliced

1 C. black olives sliced

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium-size bowl, combine meat, oregano, salt and pepper together. Spread meat mixture evenly on 12″ cast iron skillet, spreading to the walls of the skillet. Bake meat patty for 25 minutes.  When meat is cooked, remove from oven. The meat patty should slightly shrink in size.  Spread pizza sauce directly on top of the meat, making sure to get the outside of the patty. Cover the pizza sauce with 2 C. of cheese, followed by toppings. Top with additional 1 C. of cheese and return to oven for another 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender and cheese is bubbling.  Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Cut slices and enjoy immediately.

Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Soup

Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Soup

Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Soup

 

In this recipe, pungent tomatoes are balanced by goat cheese for a rich fall soup. Goat cheese can seem pricey because, unlike cows, goats roam instead of graze in one spot. Due to their independent nature, goats can’t be put into factory farms, which are cheap for farmers but hard on the environment. Most goat farms are small, family-run, and often highly sustainable operations. Find out about your local goat farm’s practices and use their cheese in recipes like this, where a little goes a long way.

12 ripe tomatoes

2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped

1 T. honey

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

2 T. balsamic vinegar

4 T. olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 dried bay leaf

1/4 C. fresh goat cheese

 

Preheat the oven to 42 5 °F. Core and quarter the tomatoes and scoop out the seeds, reserving the seeds and cores for the stock. In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the garlic, onion, honey, rosemary, 1 T. of the vinegar, 3 T. of the olive oil, and a dash of salt. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the rosemary and set aside. Combine the tomato scraps, bay leaf, and 1 C. water in a pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Strain the stock into a bowl and discard the solids. Rinse the pot and return the stock to the pot. Add the roasted tomatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, then decrease the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Let the soup cool for 10 minutes, then pour into a blender. Add the cheese and blend until smooth. With the blender running, add the remaining 1 T. olive oil. Season to taste with salt. Garnish the soup with the remaining 1 T. balsamic vinegar and a few grinds of pepper and serve.

Warm Halloumi Salad

Warm Halloumi Salad

Warm Halloumi Salad

 

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1 large handful mint, chopped

Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

1 T. olive oil

1 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch rounds

5 ounces halloumi cheese, cubed

4 handfuls arugula

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 T. sliced black olives

 

Mix the chili powder, half the mint, the lemon zest and lemon juice, oil, zucchini, and halloumi. Let marinate for 30 minutes. Soak 8 wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes. Thread the zucchini and halloumi onto the skewers, put the remaining marinade to one side. Grill or broil for 7 to 8 minutes, turning halfway through, and basting with a bit of the remaining marinade. Place the arugula in a bowl with the bell pepper, olives, remaining mint and dress with the last of the marinade.

 

Yield: 2 servings

Calories: 280

Baked Brie with Balsamic Cherries, Pistachios & Cinnamon Balsamic

Baked Brie with Balsamic Cherries, Pistachios & Cinnamon Balsamic

Baked Brie with Balsamic Cherries, Pistachios & Cinnamon Balsamic

2 T Cinnamon Pear Balsamic or your favorite!

2 T hot water

1/2 c. dried cherries (or could use dried cranberries)

1/3 c. pistachios, chopped (or your favorite nuts)

200 g. brie cheese wheel

2 T honey

 

Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl, add Cinnamon Pear Balsamic and hot water to dried cherries. Set aside and allow to soak for 15 minutes. While cherries are soaking, warm honey slightly in microwave or saucepan (to make it thin for drizzling).  Using a brie baker or a baking sheet lined with parchment, place unwrapped brie. Using a fork or a vegetable peeler, lightly score or peel top rind of brie (leave sides and bottom intact). M Drain balsamic-soaked cherries, then place on top of brie. Sprinkle the pistachios and drizzle the warmed honey. Bake for 15 minutes or until brie has just started to ooze. Transfer brie to a serving platter if desired, and drizzle with extra Cinnamon Pear Balsamic. Serve warm with crackers, crostini or baguette slices.   Chef’s Note: Try with your favorite flavored Balsamic! We would recommend Black Currant, Blackberry Ginger, or Cherry Balsamic.

Tartiflette Toastie

Tartiflette Toastie

Tartiflette Toastie

 

Lunch doesn’t get more comforting – or indulgent, frankly – than this sumptuous version of cheese on toast, which is also a great way to use up leftovers. It’s not something you can take to the office, granted, but it is just the sort of thing I like to rustle up for lunch when I’m at home. It’s inspired by the Savoyarde dish tartiflette, a rich baked combination of potatoes, cheese, and bacon. Tartiflette is usually made with Reblochon, but any semisoft washed-rind cheese, such as Brie (not too ripe), works well, or try a semihard cheese, such as Cheddar.

1 T. canola or olive oil

2 bacon slices, or a slice of cold ham, cut into small strips

1 cold cooked potato (baked, boiled, or even roasted), thickly sliced

1 to 2 T. heavy cream or creme fraiche

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large, thick slice bread

3 to 4 thick slices (about 1 ounce) semisoft or semihard cheese (good melting cheese)

A few crisp, bitter salad greens, such as chicory, radicchio, or frisee, to serve

 

Heat the oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. If you are using bacon, add it to the pan and fry for a few minutes, until cooked. Add the potato and fry until it is heated through and starting to color a little. If you’re using ham, add it now and stir until well heated through. Stir in the cream or creme fraiche and allow it to bubble and reduce for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste. Toast the bread, pile the mixture on top, then cover with the sliced cheese and put under a hot broiler. As soon as the cheese is melted and bubbling, whip out from under the broiler and transfer to a plate. Serve at once, with a few crisp, bitter salad greens on the side.

Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

 

2 garlic cloves, grated on a Microplane

1 whole roasted red bell pepper, peeled, seeded, and chopped (1/2 cup)

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 C. mayonnaise

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated (2 cups)

8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated (2 cups)

 

Combine the garlic, bell pepper, cream cheese, mayonnaise, cayenne, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-low speed until well mixed, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add the cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and beat on low speed until the cheese is evenly distributed. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight. The garlic will mellow over time and the flavors will meld.

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with a sweet tangy Honey Mustard Glaze

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with a sweet tangy Honey Mustard Glaze

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with a sweet tangy Honey Mustard Glaze

1 lb. Pizza Dough (store-bought or home-made)

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter

8 large slices Ham (thinner slices will roll easier)

8 large slices Swiss or Provolone Cheese

1 T. Dijon Mustard

1 T. Honey

1 T. Poppy Seeds

 

If the pizza dough is refrigerated, take it out of the fridge 20 minutes before you begin so that it comes to room temperature (this will make it easier to work with). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Roll pizza dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle that is roughly 16″ x 8″ (just use the baking dish as a guide, no need to be exact). Heat butter in the microwave until melted. Brush the surface of the rectangle lightly with melted butter (this should require about 1 Tablespoon of butter) and set the remaining butter aside. Top the pizza dough with ham and then with cheese each in a single layer with no slices overlapping. Starting with the edge closest to you, roll the pizza dough up into a log so that the ham and cheese is on the inside. Use a serrated knife to slice the roll into 9 even pieces. Place the pieces in the prepared baking dish and set aside to rise for 20 minutes. Whisk remaining butter with mustard, honey and poppy seeds. After the dough has risen slightly, pour honey mustard glaze over the top of the rolls. (This will look like a lot of sauce, but that’s what makes it so good!) Bake the rolls until the dough is cooked through and golden on top, 20-25 minutes. Serve rolls warm or at room temperature.

 

Serving Size: 1 Roll

Calories: 407

Fat: 26g

Fiber: 1g

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

16 oz. fusili pasta, cooked according to package instructions

8 oz. mozzarella balls, halved

4 oz. salami, quartered

2 c. baby spinach

1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved

1 c. artichoke hearts, chopped

1/2 c. pitted black olives, sliced

 

1/3 c. olive oil

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

Pinch red pepper flakes

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

 

In a large bowl, toss together pasta, mozzarella, salami, spinach, tomatoes, artichokes, and olives.

To make the dressing, add olive oil, vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, parsley, and red pepper flakes to a jar and secure with a lid then shake to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Dress pasta with dressing and serve.

 

Get The Mix-Ins Right

Variety is the spice of pasta salad mix-ins. That’s how that phrase goes, right? But seriously, it’s all about variety. Variety in texture, flavor, and color. Hey, we eat with our eyes first! All that variety brings balance to your salad, so make sure you have several contrasting elements. For example:

Creamy/Fatty Mix-Ins These are the things you want in every bite: quartered mozzarella balls, crumbled bacon, shaved gouda, chunks of avocado, crumbled feta, prosciutto, or chopped salami are all solid options. Without them, your pasta salad might be a little too virtuous.

Crunchy/Fresh Mix-Ins We’re talking veggies! Arugula, chopped bell peppers, celery, spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, slices of raw red onion, the list goes on. Pick and choose your favorites! Without these, your pasta salad may feel a bit too heavy. It is Summer, after all! Take advantage of all that glorious produce.

Hearty Mix-Ins These elements can make your pasta salad feel like a meal. Chickpeas, chopped hard-boiled eggs, toasted nuts, shredded chicken, broiled or grilled shrimp, or even white beans make delicious and satisfying additions.

Salty Mix-Ins We LOVE a burst of salty flavor in our salads. Capers, sliced olives, pickled onions (or really anything pickled), sliced pepperoncini, or chopped anchovies for the adventurous folks.

Brightly Flavored Mix-Ins When we think of bright flavors, we think of herbs and citrus: things that will give your salad an extra boost of freshness and flavor. From dill to basil, in our opinion there’s no such thing as too many herbs. Feel free to combine 3 or 4 types of herbs, the more the merrier! When it comes to citrus, we like adding zest or juice to our final dish (especially those with creamy dressings) to add a little zing.

Get The Dressing Right

The dressing really ties everything together. Just like the mix-ins, you’re looking for balance. Your dressing should be bright but not astringent, full-bodied but not oily, flavorful but not overpowering, and perfectly seasoned. Okay, I know this sounds particular, but the good news is, all you really need are your taste buds! Dressing is one of the easiest things to taste an adjust while you’re making it, so as soon as you find your balance, you’re good to go. Here’s what ya need:

  1. Oil: use your favorite olive oil if you want that delicious rich flavor, or a neutral oil like vegetable oil or grape seed oil if you don’t.
  2. Vinegar: there’s SO many delicious vinegars, but some of our favorites are red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and rice wine vinegar. Try to match your vinegar with your mix-ins. (For example: sliced cabbage, red peppers, chopped peanuts = rice wine vinegar. Basil, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella = balsamic or red wine vinegar.)
  3. Flavorings: minced garlic or shallots, fresh or dried herbs, spices or a scoop of dijon mustard all would be delicious add-ins. These flavorings are what gives your dressing personality.
  4. Sweeteners: although not totally necessary, we find that sometimes our dressings are a bit too acidic. (AKA that feeling when you taste it and it burns in the back of your throught.) A teaspoon or two of honey, maple syrup, agave, or even just plain sugar can help round out the acidity.
  5. Creaminess:also not entirely necessary, but if you’re craving a more bodacious dressing, try adding a scoop of mayo! This brings your pasta salad into a more traditional place, and we aren’t mad at that. If you don’t do dairy, pureeing your dressing with ripe avocado is a great substitute!

 

Prosciutto, Pesto & Fresh Mozzarella Panini

Prosciutto, Pesto & Fresh Mozzarella Panini

Prosciutto, Pesto & Fresh Mozzarella Panini

8 slices Italian bread

4 ounces prepared basil pesto

1/4 lb. thinly sliced prosciutto

8-12 slices fresh mozzarella

Olive oil, for brushing

 

Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat. For each sandwich: Spread about an ounce of pesto onto one slice of bread. Top with 1/4 of the prosciutto and 1/4 of the mozzarella. Close the sandwich with a second slice of bread. Brush a little olive oil over the top slice of bread. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Serve immediately.

Grilled Nopales with Cheese

Grilled Nopales with Cheese

Grilled Nopales with Cheese

1 Pound Fresh Nopales (small to medium size preferred)

6 ounces Queso Fresco

 

For grilling: Grill nopales for 4 to 5 minutes over a low flame until lightly charred and cooked through on one side. The nopales will darken in color when completely cooked. Turn nopales to continue cooking the other side and immediately season lightly with salt. Top nopales with 1 to 2 slices of queso fresco. Grill nopales for an additional 3 to 4 minutes until lightly charred and the cheese has melted. Remove from heat. For stove-top cooking: Roast the nopales on a comal, griddle, or grill pan over low heat for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly charred and cooked through on one side. Turn nopales and immediately season lightly with salt. Top nopales with 1 to 2 slices of queso fresco. Cover and let cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until lightly charred and the cheese has melted. Remove from heat

Halloumi and Fig Salad with Balsamic

Halloumi and Fig Salad with Balsamic

Halloumi and Fig Salad with Balsamic

1 cup walnut pieces

8 fresh figs, stemmed and halved lengthwise

6 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar, divided

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

4 (1/4-inch-thick) slabs halloumi cheese (4 ounces)

4 cups baby arugula

1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced (2 cups)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Toast the walnuts in a dry, large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and golden, 3 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a plate. Brush the figs on both sides with 2 teaspoons of the balsamic vinegar. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Place the cheese in the skillet and cook until it is warmed through and a nice brown crust has formed on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the cheese to a cutting board. Place the figs, cut side down, in the same skillet and cook until caramelized and beginning to soften, 2 minutes, then flip and cook for 1 minute more. Cut the halloumi slabs each into two triangular pieces, so you have eight pieces total. Toss the arugula and fennel in a medium-size bowl with the remaining tablespoon of oil and the salt. To serve, divide the greens among four salad plates. Top each with four pieces of fig, two cheese triangles, and 1/4 cup of walnuts. Drizzle each plate with 1 teaspoon of the remaining balsamic vinegar each and pepper to taste.

Cheesemaking Queso Blanco / Paneer / Farmer’s Chees

Cheesemaking Queso Blanco / Paneer / Farmer’s Chees

Cheesemaking Queso Blanco / Paneer / Farmer’s Cheese

Queso Blanco is meant to be used right away in its crumbly form, or it can be pressed with weights to form a cheese that can be fried.  Acid used will impart a little flavor, try different ones, such as champagne or red wine vinegar. Note that ultra-pasteurized milk will not work, it has been heated to 280, and has no cultures.  This will work with goat, sheep or cows’ milk.  Again, will have a slightly different flavor.

1 gallon milk

¼ C. vinegar lemon juice or lime juice

Salt to taste

Heat the milk slowly in a large pot to 185-190 degrees F. Turn off the heat and stir in your acid – vinegar, lemon juice or lime juice – a spoonful at a time, stirring, until curds form and separate from the yellowish whey. If it does not separate int curds and watery whey within a minute, or the whey looks milky, heat a bit more. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Set a colander lined with cheesecloth over a bowl and strain the curds from the whey. Discard the whey or keep it for other uses. Add salt at this stage, if desired, and stir. Stir the curds up a bit and let it drain for 10-20 minutes. For firmer cheese, wrap up the ends of the cheesecloth and continue to drain an hour or so. Hang over the sink faucet, or on chopsticks or spatula that spans the top of a tall pot.  After 4 hours, unwrap cheese and chill in refrigerator. For dense cheese, place a weight over the top of the wrapped cheese (or cheese that has been placed in a cheese mold) that will press it for several hours, until it is packed.  After chilling you can slice or cube the cheese, use in cooking, fry or serve fresh.

Instant Pot Goat Cheese & Mushroom Frittata

Instant Pot Goat Cheese & Mushroom Frittata

Instant Pot Goat Cheese & Mushroom Frittata

1 T. unsalted butter, plus more for the soufflé dish

5 T. grated Parmesan cheese

1 T. extra-virgin olive oil

8 ounces cremini or white mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 T. finely chopped fresh sage

2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme

1 tsp. kosher salt

9 large eggs

1/2 C. whole milk

2 T. all-purpose flour tsp.

¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

3 ounces soft goat cheese (or grated hard cheese like cheddar)

 

Butter a porcelain or ceramic (not glass) 7-inch soufflé dish and dust the sides with 2 T. of the Parmesan. Set aside. Using the sauté function, melt the 1 T. butter and the oil in the pressure cooker pot. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic, sage, and thyme and cook until the mushrooms are tender, another 2 minutes. Scrape into a small bowl, sprinkle with V4 tsp. of the salt, and set aside until cool, 3 to 5 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, flour, pepper, and the remaining 3A tsp. salt. Stir in the cooled mushrooms and goat cheese, then scrape into the prepared souffle dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Pour 1 1/2 C. water into the pressure cooker (no need to wash it out first). If your steamer rack has handles, place the souffle dish on the rack and lower everything into the pressure cooker pot. If your rack does not have handles, first place the rack in the pot, then lower in the souffle dish using a homemade sling. Lock the lid into place and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure. Carefully remove the dish from the pressure cooker, using the sling or oven mitts. Remove the foil. Heat the broiler. Sprinkle the remaining 3 T. Parmesan cheese over the frittata, then broil until it is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Ham, Egg & Cheese Roll-ups

Ham, Egg & Cheese Roll-ups

Ham, Egg & Cheese Roll-ups

10 eggs

2 tsp. garlic powder

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 T. butter

1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar

1 c. baby spinach

1 c. chopped tomatoes

20 slices ham

 

Heat broiler. In a large bowl, crack eggs. Whisk together with garlic powder and season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add eggs and scramble, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in cheddar until melted, then stir in baby spinach and tomatoes until combined. On a cutting board, place two slices of ham. Top with a big spoonful of scrambled eggs and roll up. Repeat with remaining ham and scrambled eggs. Place roll-ups in a shallow baking dish and broil until ham is crispy, 5 minutes.

Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese and Pesto

Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese and Pesto

Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese and Pesto

½ baguette, cut into ¼-inch slices (You should have around 25 slices.)

4 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided

5 cloves garlic, divided

2 8-ounce pieces beef tenderloin

Salt

Fresh ground pepper

1/3 C. pesto of your choice (I used my kale pesto, but rustic basil pesto would also be bomb if you want to go the homemade route.)

For the Whipped Goat Cheese:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

4 ounces goat cheese, softened

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Pinch of salt

 

Start with the crostini. Arrange the baguette slices on a large baking sheet. Lightly brush both sides of the bread with olive oil (you’ll need about 2 T. of oil for this) and sprinkle with a little salt. Place bread under the broiler for 1-2 minutes on each side until lightly brown. Peel 1 clove of garlic, and slice the tip off. Rub the clove on one side of each toasted baguette slice. Briefly set crostini aside to cool. Pat the steaks dry with paper towels and season both sides generously with salt and fresh ground pepper. Heat 2 T. olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the steaks and cook for about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. When you turn the steaks (after the first 4 minutes), smash 4 garlic cloves in their skins and add them to the skillet. Periodically use a spoon to baste the steaks with the oil/juices in the pan. Remove the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before thinly slicing them against the grain. While the steaks are resting, make the whipped goat cheese. You have two options here: 1.) Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process for 1-2 minutes until fluffy and smooth. 2.) Place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until fluffy and smooth. Assemble the crostini! Spread each toasted baguette slice with whipped goat cheese. Top with a slice of steak and a small dollop of pesto. Serve immediately.

Cheesy Grits & Lamb Sausage Breakfast

Cheesy Grits & Lamb Sausage Breakfast

Cheesy Grits & Lamb Sausage Breakfast

2 1/2 cups Freeman’s Mill Stone Ground Whole Grain yellow grits

6 cup savory chicken bone broth (or chicken stock)

1/2 stick unsalted Kerrygold Butter

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 cup shredded Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar

1 cup shredded Uniekaas Robusto cheese (or a good pale rind Gouda cheese)

sea salt, to taste

freshly cracked black peppercorns, to taste

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro per plate

Caramelized Onions:

 

1 large Sweet Vidalia Onion

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons high-quality unsalted butter

sea salt, to taste

freshly ground black peppercorns, to taste

 

In a large skillet over med-high heat add EVOO and unsalted butter. Once the butter has melted, add the sliced onions and toss until the onions are glossy. Spread the onions out so they cook and brown evenly. Cook onions on med-high heat for five (5) to get a bit of char on them. Reduce heat to low and slow cook them until they caramelize. About thirty-five (35) more minutes and they’re done. Add sea salt and freshly ground black peppercorns to taste.

 

Notes: Don’t slice your onions too thin, thin onions have a tendency to fall apart or burn. Use a mandolin and adjust the blade for a medium cut, about a 1/4″ is perfect.

 

Cooking the lamb sausage:

 

I put a bit of EVOO in a cast iron skillet over med-high heat, but you can grill them over wood charcoal too for even more flavor. Once the oil began to smoke I added the lamb sausage. I let them cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side to get a bit of char on the sausage. After browning both sides reduce the heat to med-low and cook the sausage until done. About 15-20 minutes. The Merguez Lamb Sausage produces a flavorful jus that begs to be spooned over the cheese grits.

 

Cheesy Grits Directions:

 

Cook your grits last, because grits naturally thicken the longer they sit. So, for best results prepare the meat and onions first, then prepare the cheesy grits last.

 

Prepare caramelized onions and lamb sausage ahead of time.  Using a large stock pot over med-high heat add six cups of savory chicken bone broth, butter and a pinch of sea salt. When the bone broth mixture begins to boil start adding the grits and stir them using a whisk. Whisking the grits prevents them from clumping together. And believe me, you don’t want lumpy grits.  Continue stirring until the grits start to thicken, typically after 10-12 minutes. Turn the heat source to low, add cheese and heavy cream and stir until the cheese melts. Add sea salt and freshly ground black peppercorns to taste. Spoon cheese grits onto a serving plate, add lamb sausage, caramelized onions. Finish with freshly chopped cilantro and pan drippings from the sausage. Serve.

WIW: Caprese Salad with Waffled Eggplant

WIW: Caprese Salad with Waffled Eggplant

WIW: Caprese Salad with Waffled Eggplant

1 small eggplant, cut into round slices, about 1/2-inch thick

kosher salt or coarse sea salt, to taste

ground black pepper, to taste

2 medium-size tomatoes

4 oz. fresh mozzarella

1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 large bunch basil, washed and dried, stems removed

 

Place the eggplant slices on a layer of paper towels and generously sprinkle both sides of the slices with salt. Allow the eggplant to sit for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes into rounds. Do the same with the mozzarella. Preheat the waffle iron on high. Rinse the eggplant slices in cold water to wash off the salt. Pat the slices dry. Brush both sides of each eggplant slice with olive oil. Place the eggplant in the waffle iron, close the lid and cook for 4 minutes, or until the eggplant is soft and cooked through. Remove the eggplant from the waffle iron and set on a serving plate, layering it with slices of tomatoes and cheese. Scatter the basil leaves atop the salad. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Grilled Asparagus Wrapped in Mozzarella & Prosciutto

Grilled Asparagus Wrapped in Mozzarella & Prosciutto

Grilled Asparagus Wrapped in Mozzarella & Prosciutto

20x Asparagus Heads (cut pieces of asparagus)

10x Prosciutto Slices (remove as much visible fat as possible)

Ball Fresh Mozzarella (sliced into 10g pieces – you need 10 pieces)

Ground Pepper (to taste)

Top two pieces of asparagus with 10g of mozzarella. Wrap the asparagus and mozzarella in a piece of prosciutto, making sure to finish at the bottom so as to make sure it doesn’t unwrap. Sprinkle with a bit of ground pepper. Repeat ten times. Spray a griddle, griddle pan or frying pan with Fry Light and heat until the Fry Light is bubbling. Place your asparagus seam side down. If you have something to weigh the asparagus down with you can use this (as per the image above) but it’s not necessary. Grill for 3 – 4 minutes on each side, or until the asparagus is cooked to your liking. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

4 to 6 servings of your favorite prepared mac and cheese

3/4 C. shredded cheese

spray oil

Waffle iron

Heat waffle iron on high setting. Spray iron with oil. Fill iron with mac and cheese, topping with additional shredded cheese. Close iron and cook for about 5 minutes. (I did not force mine to close all the way.) You want the mac and cheese to be just to the point of being brown and crispy- but not over cooked, since the mac and cheese could dry out. (The extra cheese helps with this.) After cooking allow waffle to cool just a bit and carefully loose the edges of the waffle. The waffle should pop right out!

WIW: Gridded Grilled Cheese

WIW: Gridded Grilled Cheese

WIW: Gridded Grilled Cheese

 

1 T. Room Temperature Butter

2 slices Sturdy Sandwich Bread

3 oz. good melting Cheese, such as cheddar, american, taleggio

 

Preheat the waffle iron on low. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place a slice of bread, buttered side down, on the waffle iron, as far away from the hinge as possible. (This will allow the lid to press down on the sandwich more evenly.) Distribute the cheese evenly on the bread Top with the second slice of bread, buttered side up. Close the lid of the waffle iron and cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown. 3 minutes. About halfway through, you may need to rotate the sandwich 180 degrees to ensure even pressure and cooking. Remove the sandwich from the waffle iron. Slice into halves or quarters and serve.

Egg-and-Tomato Breakfast Sandwich to Go

Egg-and-Tomato Breakfast Sandwich to Go

Egg-and-Tomato Breakfast Sandwich to Go

1 piece (6 inches long) baguette

2 slices cheddar cheese

2 large eggs

1 tsp. butter

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

2 large tomato slices

1/4 C. fresh basil leaves

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut bread horizontally. Lightly toast in oven, cut sides up. Top with cheese (1 slice on each side), and continue to cook in oven until cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes. Meanwhile, fry eggs in butter; season with salt and pepper. Place eggs on bottom half of bread. Top with tomatoes and basil. Sandwich with top bread half and press down slightly. Wrap tightly in parchment.

Tuna Mini Melts with Rosemary

Tuna Mini Melts with Rosemary

Tuna Mini Melts with Rosemary

Italian tuna in olive oil, lightly drained

1 small shallot, finely chopped

1 large sprig rosemary, leaves stripped and finely chopped

Black pepper

4 slices provolone cheese, deli sliced

16 rounds sliced sesame baguette

2 T. butter

 

Mash tuna with finely chopped shallot, rosemary and black pepper. Quarter the sliced cheese. Build mini sammies of bread, cheese, tuna, cheese, bread. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Grill sandwiches on both sides until golden. Remove from skillet and serve

Pub-Style Cheese Spread

Pub-Style Cheese Spread

Pub-Style Cheese Spread

 

½ cup beer

1 pound white Cheddar cheese, grated

4 tablespoons butter, softened

2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon grated sweet onion

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved

 

In a blender or food processor, combine the beer, Cheddar, butter, chives, parsley, onion, lemon juice, and mustard. Process until blended and smooth. Spoon one-third of the mixture into a crock or jar with an airtight cover. Push 2 garlic halves into the mixture. Add another one-third of the mixture. Insert 2 more garlic halves. Fill the crock with the remaining cheese mixture and garlic. Cut a circle of wax paper to the size of the crock top; cover the cheese mixture with the wax paper. Seal the crock tightly. Age the spread in the refrigerator and remove garlic cloves before serving.

Ploughman’s Sandwich

Ploughman’s Sandwich

Ploughman’s Sandwich

rosemary raisin bread

Olive oil

1 red onion, cut into thick slices through the root

6 T. balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

8 thick slices Raisin and Rosemary bread

A couple of knobs butter

1 curly leaf lettuce

8oz. Strong Cheddar Cheese, thickly sliced

 

To make the onion marmalade, heat a little oil in a pan, throw in the onion and leave on a low heat to cook down slowly, adding a little water if needed. When soft add the balsamic vinegar and continue to cook for a few minutes. Season the marmalade to taste. Spread the Raisin and Rosemary Bread with butter and make up each sandwich with lettuce leaves, onion marmalade, a couple of slices of Cheddar and seasoning.

Grilled Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella Garlic Toasts with Fresh Basil

Grilled Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella Garlic Toasts with Fresh Basil

Grilled Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella Garlic Toasts with Fresh Basil

1 baguette
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
3 T. of olive oil
8 ounces of fresh mozzarella, sliced
6 slices of prosciutto, thinly sliced
sea salt & cracked pepper
fresh basil, chopped

Prepare the bread by slicing it into thin slices. Grill bread just before serving. You can do it under the broiler in your oven, or on the grill. Brush the bread with olive oil on one side. If broiling, place them on a sheet oiled side up and place them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to burn! If grilling, also grill the bread for 1-2 minutes. When you remove them from the grill or oven, let them cool slightly, then rub the raw clove of garlic on each piece. If grilling, brush the other side of the bread with oil, the put that side down on the baking sheet or tray. If you are broiling in the oven, just keep the toasts on the sheet with their toasted side up. Top each piece of bread with small, thin slices of prosciutto. Then, top each with a slice of fresh mozzarella. Grill or broil the toasts for 2 minutes, or just until the mozzarella begins to melt. Remove from the grill or broiler and top with salt, pepper and fresh basil.

Baked Cheesy Zucchini Bites

Baked Cheesy Zucchini Bites

Baked Cheesy Zucchini Bites

1 1/2 C. packed shredded zucchini (no need to peel the zucchini)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/4 – 1/2 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 C. panko or regular bread crumbs

1/4 tsp. dried basil (or 1-2 tsp. fresh)

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly grease an unlined baking sheet. Place the shredded zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and wring out all the excess water over the sink until the zucchini is really dry. Place the zucchini and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls on the prepared baking sheet and lightly press the mounds with your hands to flatten slightly. Bake for 16-20 minutes until the edges are golden.

Wild Mushroom and Brie Quesadilla

Wild Mushroom and Brie Quesadilla

Wild Mushroom and Brie Quesadilla

1 C. Crimini mushroom, sliced

6 oz. oyster mushroom, sliced (approx. one head)

1 small shallot, diced (approx. 2 T. cooked)

1 T. white wine

1 – 8 oz. package brie

2 T. fresh parsley, chopped

2 T. fresh sage, chopped

2 T. fresh rosemary, chopped

2 T. fresh thyme, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

8 low carb tortillas

Preheat 10″ sauté pan over medium heat. Add butter and mushrooms in sauce and cook until lightly browned- about 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper, shallots and prepared herbs and cook 3 minutes more. Pour wine in pan to deglaze for 2 minutes. Take mixture off heat and strain well in colander. Cool mixture. Place about 2 T. mushroom mixture in center of top half of each tortilla. Cut the cheese in eight slices. Pull slices of cheese apart with your fingers and spread equal portions over mushroom mix. Fold empty tortilla half over half with filling to form half moon shape. Pan fry quesadillas in 10″ nonstick pan with a T. of olive oil until golden brown on each side. Cut each quesadilla into three wedges and serve.