Cabot Cheese Creations

Posted at: 12/18/2012 12:48 PM
Updated at: 12/19/2012 7:53 AM

Cheese is a staple ingredient for holiday dishes such as cheese trays, dips, toppings and casseroles.  Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese provides all the flavor of full-fat cheddar cheese with half the fat.  Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Jen Haugen, will show your audience some creative ways to incorporate Cabot 50% Reduced Fat cheese into holiday entertaining.

Consume a Dairy Serving at Every Meal
One serving of high-calcium dairy is recommended at each meal.  A serving of low-fat cheese is a great way to incorporate dairy – even for individuals who are lactose-intolerant.

Low-Fat Can Taste Great
You can cut calories to manage your weight without ditching the dairy.  Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese has the same great melting properties and taste as full-fat cheeses.   One ounce of this lighter cheese has 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat while providing 20% of the day’s calcium needs.

Sharpen Up
Sharp or strong-flavored cheeses can be used in smaller quantities than milder cheeses.  Sharp cheeses pack more punch in every bite.

Jen will you how to prepare a simple “apple-tizer” with Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese for your holiday gathering.

Apple Cheddar & Walnut Toasts
Makes 24

All you need

24 thin slices narrow loaf French bread
2 tart apples, cored and thinly sliced
8 ounces Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar, grated (about 2 cups)
1 cup finely chopped walnut pieces

All you do

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Arrange bread on baking sheet and toast lightly on both sides under broiler.
  3. Remove from broiler and place about 2 apple slices on each toast.  Mound cheese on top.  Press walnut pieces into cheese.  
  4. Return to broiler until cheese is lightly golden and melted.   

Nutrition information:  110 calories, 5 grams fat, 5 mg cholesterol,  150 mg sodium, 12 grams carbohydrate, 1 grams fiber and 5 grams protein.

Festive Cabot Cheddar Tree

All you need:

5 (8-ounce each) bars Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar, plain and flavored
Fresh thyme sprigs
Grape cherry tomatoes or olives
1 mushroom

All you do:

  1. Cut each bar of cheddar into 1-inch cubes – the perfect portion size!
  2. On large platter or cutting board, arrange cubes in rows to form tree shape, using different flavor for each row and separating flavors with thyme sprigs and rows of tomatoes or olives.
  3. For star on top, peel skin from mushroom; press star pattern into mushroom with point of knife.

Source: www.cabotcheese.coop

Cabot Cheese Chicken Sausage Appetizer Kabobs
(Serves 12)

All you need:

1 (12 ounce) package Al Fresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage, sliced into 1" chunks
1 (8 ounce) package Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar cheese, cut into 1" chunks (12 chunks)
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1” chunks
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1" chunks
1 pineapple
12 small wooden skewers

All you do:

  1. In medium skillet, brown chicken sausage until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Let cool slightly.
  2. Thread a piece of sausage onto a skewer, a chunk of red pepper, a chunk of cheese and a chunk of green pepper.  Repeat for each skewer.
  3. Cut pineapple in half with sharp chef’s knife.  Place pineapple flat side down on serving tray.  Poke 12 holes evenly distributed  in skin with metal skewer to create a hole for each wooden skewer.
  4. Stick a skewer into each hole in the pineapple to display and serve.

Nutrition information:  110 calories, 5 grams fat, 30 mg cholesterol,  270 mg sodium, 5 grams carbohydrate and 10 grams protein

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen Haugen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.