As you prepare for festive holiday gatherings and parties think about using dried fruits in your dishes! Stoneridge Orchards offers a variety of especially delicious dried fruits that can be used to perfect your cheese plate or even as a component of your main entree! I was truly amazed at the versatility of dried fruits and how they can be incorporated into my holiday cooking! Here are a few of the delicious dishes prepared and created by Chef Lisa Adams I sampled at a tasting hosted by Stoneridge Orchards in New York City.
Perfect Fruit and Cheese Plate (recipe by Jamie Spooner)
Variety of Cheeses: Use one aged, one soft, one firm and one blue cheese. Or, try a mix of types such as goat, cow, and sheep cheese.
Variety of Crackers: Have fun with shapes and sizes, baguettes, crackers, and bread sticks make a good mix.
Variety of cured meats: Try prosciutto and salami.
Mixed Nuts: Marcona Almonds and Pistachios, salted.Preserves, honey, chutney, quince or mustard. Seasonal and dried fruits such as Stoneridge Orchards Dried Montomorency cherries, Stoneridge Orchards Dried Blueberries fresh figs, apples and pears.
- There is an art to creating a beautiful cheese plate.
- Always include a variety of shapes and sizes and a mix of flavors and textures—salty crunchy and sweet.
- Arrange a large board or serving platter with the cheese, crackers, meats, nuts, fruits, and spreads.
- When arranging, avoid crowding, keep ingredients well spaced for visual interest.
Brie, Cherry and Arugula Quesadillas (recipe Chef Lisa Adams)
Four 8 inch flour tortillas, cut into 3 inch rounds with a biscuit cutter
1/4 cup Stoneridge Orchards Montmorency Cherries
1 cup arugula, finely chopped
1/4 cup Brie Cheese, thinly sliced into 1 inch pieces
- Preheat a grill pan on the stove over medium heat.
- Lower the heat and arrange the 3 inch tortillas circles on the pan.
- Place a piece of Brie, a sprinkling of the cherries and arugula on top of each round.
- Heat for 20 to 30 seconds until cheese softens.
- Remove from pan and gently fold the circle in half.
- Repeat the process with the remaining tortilla circles.
- Serve while warm.
For more recipes visit the Stoneridge Orchards website.
This is a guest post by Scherrie Donaldson (Thirtymommy). Get social with her on instagram and twitter.