Slice of Life: Comfort Foods for Cooler Nights

Creamy, silky, savory cheese… What better food is there? Cheese can be used in dinners and desserts, snacks and sides. Try these cheesy recipes for some extra comfort as the nights get longer and autumn sets in!

 

White Chicken Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken
  • 1 32 oz. box of chicken broth
  • 2 14 oz. cans great Northern beans
  • 1 small can sweet corn
  • 16 oz. jar mild salsa
  • 1 small block pepper jack cheese, cubed
  • Salt, pepper, and cumin to taste

Directions:

Shred chicken, carefully removing all bones and skin. Combine broth, beans, corn, salsa and cheese into a stock pot and simmer until cheese is melted through. Add chicken and simmer for another half hour. Add seasoning.

Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.

This is also a great Crock Pot meal! Combine all ingredients, excluding chicken, and set on low for the day. Add chicken about a half hour before serving.

 

Cheese Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups shredded cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°. Kneed all ingredients together with hands, and divide into mini or regular muffin tins. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the tops are golden brown.

Pair these biscuits with just about any other dish… breakfast, lunch or dinner!

 

 

Spicy Pimento Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound shredded cheddar
  • 1 14 oz. can of diced pimentos with juice drained
  • 1/2 cup canned jalapeño slices
  • Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. chipotle seasoning
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Directions:

Blend cheddar in a food processor until finely chopped and place in a large mixing bowl. Drain pimentos and add to the cheese. Drain and roughly chop jalapeños, and add to the bowl. Add seasonings. Fold all ingredients together with mayonnaise 1/2 cup at a time to desired consistency.

Serve with veggie sticks, pita chips, or crackers. Anything goes with this creamy dip!

You can also heat this dip in the microwave or in the oven for extra creamy goodness.

 

Fruit and Cheese Board

For a healthy snack, put together a board full of fresh fruit and savory cheeses. Autumn is prime time for apples and pears, pomegranates and grapes. Select some cheeses from a local dairy or check out the selection at your favorite market. Try some things you’ve never tasted before like blueberry stilton, cotswold or drunken goat. Add some fruit preserves and some crackers to complete the board.

 

Cream Cheese Danish

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages crescent rolls
  • 2 8 oz. packages cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks (set aside whites)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Jam or jelly (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Beat cream cheese, sugar, yolks, lemon juice and vanilla until creamy. Place rolls in the bottom of a glass or ceramic dish (no greasing). Spread a layer of cream cheese filling, then top with another layer of crescent rolls. Brush with beaten egg whites and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 25 minutes.

For a sweet glaze topping, blend until smooth: 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsp. milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Top with your favorite jam or jelly for a burst of flavor.

Enjoy with your favorite coffee for breakfast or as an after dinner treat!

September 13, 2020

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