Christmas Cheese Recipes for a Cozy Night In
'Tis the season to savor comforting and cheesy delights! As the winter chill sets in and the holiday spirit fills the air, what better way to enjoy cozy nights at home than with heartwarming, cheese-infused recipes? Let's dive into a collection of delicious dishes that combine the richness of Amish cheeses with the warmth of the holiday season.

Cheesy Baked Pasta with Smoked Cheddar

Ingredients:Cheesy Baked Pasta

  • 2 cups pasta of your choice
  • 1 cup smoked cheddar, shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour to create a roux.
  3. Gradually whisk in the milk, allowing the mixture to thicken.
  4. Add the shredded smoked cheddar and mozzarella, stirring until melted and smooth.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Combine the cooked pasta with the cheese sauce, ensuring an even coating.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and bake at 350°F (175°C) until bubbly and golden.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve for a delightful, cheesy feast.

Asiago and Broccoli Gratin

Ingredients:Broccoli Cheese Gratin

  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup asiago, grated
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and nutmeg to taste
  • Breadcrumbs for topping
Instructions:

  1. Steam the broccoli until tender-crisp and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Stir in flour to create a roux, then gradually whisk in the heavy cream.
  4. Add grated asiago, stirring until the cheese is fully melted.
  5. Season with salt and a pinch of nutmeg for a festive touch.
  6. Arrange the steamed broccoli in a baking dish and pour the cheese sauce over it.
  7. Top with breadcrumbs for a crispy finish.
  8. Bake at 375°F (190°C) until golden and bubbly.
  9. Serve warm and enjoy the gooey goodness.

Amish Cheese Fondue

Ingredients:

Christmas Fondue
  • 2 cups Amish cheddar, grated
  • 1 cup Amish Gouda, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon kirsch (cherry brandy)
  • Nutmeg and black pepper to taste
  • Cubed bread, apple slices, and blanched veggies for dipping
Instructions:

  1. Rub the inside of a fondue pot with the cut sides of the garlic clove.
  2. In a bowl, toss the grated Amish cheddar and Gouda with cornstarch until well coated.
  3. Heat the white wine and lemon juice in the fondue pot over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  4. Gradually add the cheese mixture, stirring continuously until smooth and melted.
  5. Stir in kirsch, nutmeg, and black pepper to taste.
  6. Adjust the heat to keep the fondue warm and gooey.
  7. Dip cubes of bread, apple slices, and blanched veggies into the cheesy goodness.
  8. Enjoy the communal and cozy experience of a cheese fondue night.

These healthy and hearty Christmas cheese recipes are sure to bring warmth and joy to your cozy nights in. Whether you're indulging in baked pasta, savoring a cheesy gratin, or sharing a fondue feast, the rich flavors of Amish cheeses from Simply Cheese will add a touch of holiday magic to your home. Gather your loved ones, embrace the festive spirit, and savor the season with these delightful cheese-infused dishes.
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