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Whipped Cream Cheese
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You've asked for the recipe at festivals and events, so here it is! This is the delicious whipped cream cheese recipe you've sampled with Unicoi Preserves! Delicious and easy to spread, no broken crackers!
Whipped Cream Cheese
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You've asked for the recipe at festivals and events, so here it is! This is the delicious whipped cream cheese recipe you've sampled with Unicoi Preserves! Delicious and easy to spread, no broken crackers!
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 2 T. Half and Half
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put a block of cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer. No stand mixer, no problem, just use your hand mixer and a good size bowl. Start the mixer out on slow speed and gradually increase the speed as the block of cheese softens and starts to whip. Scrap down the sides of the bowl. Turn mixer off. Add 2 T. half and half, mix on low speed and increase speed to whip the cream cheese into soft, spreadable happiness.
  2. Warning! Do NOT add the half and half until the cream cheese has started to whip and break down or you will be cleaning your kitchen cabinets.
  3. Enjoy your whipped cream cheese spread on crackers or artisan bread with Unicoi Preserves.
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Zombie Brains Cheese Ball, inspired by The Walking Dead, make a creepy but tasty appetizer for Halloween snacking.

zombie brains cheese ball
Zombie Brains Cheese Ball
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zombie brains cheese ball
Zombie Brains Cheese Ball
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Ingredients
  • 6 oz. Proscuitto
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. Ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Dried cranberries
  • 4 oz. Unicoi Preserves Strawberry Vanilla Spread
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Line a small mixing bowl with plastic wrap and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. To build the outside of the brain, tear the prosciutto into bite size pieces and use them to line the bowl, saving some for the bottom of your cheese ball.
  3. Place the cream cheese and ricotta in a bowl and using a mixer, whip it until its combined and creamy, then mix in the mozzarella and dried cranberries.
  4. Take two tablespoons of Strawberry Vanilla Spread and microwave it 10-15 seconds to loosen it up a bit, then spread it on the prosciutto lined bowl.
  5. Gently spoon the cheese mixture into the bowl and use the remaining prosciutto to cover the top of the bowl. (This will actually be the bottom of the cheese ball when you unmold it.)
  6. Fold the plastic wrap over the bottom and refrigerate for 2+ hours, longer is better.
  7. To serve, invert the bowl on a serving dish and gently removed the bowl and plastic wrap.
  8. Warm the remaining Strawberry Vanilla Spread and use it to drizzle over the brain.
    zombie brains cheese ball
  9. Serve with crackers or toasted baguettes.
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stonewallmike2 Cheese pairings with our locally sourced jams is something we love to share with friends, so when we were invited to be a part of the filming of Appetites and Anglers   at Stonewall Creek Vineyards, we stopped by Ingles Markets on the way for supplies.

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We started in the produce area and picked up some juicy grapes. Next up was our crunch element, so we got a scoop of almonds from the bulk section en route to bakery for a baked-in-store fresh, whole wheat baguette.inglescheese

Cheese, glorious cheese, was next.  inglescheeseboard2

Ingles has an extensive specialty cheese section and their buyers source cheese from all over the world, so we had a lot of choices.

Clark and I each picked three cheeses and this is how we paired them with our spreads.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chaumes with Salted Caramel Peach. Get this cheese, soft, smooth and nutty, you won’t regret this choice.

Satori Balsamic Bellavitano and Oscar Wilde Vintage Irish Cheddar with Strawberry Vanilla Spread. YUM. Strawberry Vanilla is fantastic and versatile.

BelGioioso Sharp Provolone with Apple Cider Pepper Spread.  A crowd favorite!

Landana Milk Goat Cheese with Vineyard Fire. Mild goat cheese is a nice choice for a crowd

Supreme Creamy Soft Ripened Cheese with Vineyard Spread. Rich and satisifying

We also enjoyed Applegate Uncured Genoa Salami as part of our cheese plates.

 

 

 

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I challenge you to try a new cheese, share it with friends and pair it with Unicoi Preserves. Let me know what pairing you create.

 

 

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My secret recipe for easy entertaining is puff pastry. With puff pastry in your freezer and our jelly in your pantry, you’re ready for summer fun.

For best results:

  • Thaw puff pastry according to package directions
  • Bake on parchment paper or Silpat
  • Preheat oven
  • Refrigerate the appetizers if the pastry gets soft. Cold Pastry + Hot Oven = PUFF!

Here’s 5 fast recipes that will look like your friend Ina Garten just stopped by and dropped off appetizers for your party.

  1. Jelly Twists  I used Vineyard Spread and substituted goat cheese for the chocolate in this recipe
  2. Pepper Jelly Palmiers Try our Apple Cider Pepper Spread or Vineyard Fire
  3. Pinwheel Cookies Let your imagination guide your jelly filled fingers
  4. Festive Jelly Bows Pick your favorite flavor, I like Vineyard Spread for this pretty recipe
  5. Jam & Ricotta Pastry Salted Caramel Peach loves creamy ricotta cheese

Happy Puffing!