Parmesan Crisps

 

These Parmesan Crisps are a great addition to your salad!

1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.

2. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.

3. Pour a heaping tablespoon of Natural & Kosher grated Parmesan cheese onto the baking sheet and gently flatten with a spatula. You can mold it to any shape you desire by using a cookie cutter.
Repeat with the remaining cheese, leaving about 2 inches between them.

4. Bake about 10 minutes . Take it out of the oven and let it cool on the baking sheet and gently remove with a thin spatula.

Variation: you can add some extra kick to this recipe just by adding a few ingredients to the grated cheese.  Try thinly chopped rosemary leaves, or add 1/8 Tbsp. of cayenne pepper or garlic powder.

Recipe and photo by Miri Oren!

Tomato and Parmesan Cheese Bruschetta

These tomato and parmesan cheese are delicious for lunch!

Ingredients:

1 baguette

2 large cloves of garlic

Natural  & Kosher Cheese grated parmesan cheese

2 lbs of small round tomatoes

30 leaves of basil

2 tbsp oregano

Half cup tbsp olive oil

Pinch Salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Slice baguette diagonally, lay them on a baking tray. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toast the bread.

2. Take one or two large cloves of garlic, cut it in the middle, and rub it o top of the toasted bread, while it is still hot. Place the bread in your serving dish.

3. Dice the tomatoes, and place in a bowl. add the oregano,  olive oil, and chopped basil leaves. Mix all the ingredients together.

4. Pour the tomato mixture on top of each piece of bread. Pour parmesan cheese on top.

5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe and photo by @thekosherchef on Instagram!

Broccoli Parmesan Poppers

A kid-friendly recipe for your children. Adults will love these Broccoli Poppers too!!

Gluten Free Broccoli Parmesan Poppers

32oz. bag frozen broccoli
2 eggs
1/2 cup Natural & Kosher grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup flaxseed meal
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Marinara sauce or Greek yogurt ranch dip (recipe follows), for dipping

Method:

Add broccoli to a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Drain well, pushing down on the broccoli to remove moisture. Pulse the broccoli in the food processor until finely chopped, but not ground. Place the chopped broccoli in a mixing bowl and add eggs, Parmesan, almond meal, garlic powder, salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, mix the flaxseed meal and spices. Roll 2 tablespoons of broccoli batter into balls and dip into the flaxseed mixture. Place on a greased baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and crispy.

Yield: 27 poppers

VARIATION: For more cheesy goodness, use Natural & Kosher cheese shredded cheddar instead of the parmesan.

NON GLUTEN FREE OPTION: roll the broccoli balls in flavored panko bread crumbs.

NUT FREE OPTION: use bread crumbs instead of almond meal.

Pesto Alfredo with Goat Cheese

Pesto Alfredo with Goat Cheese
1 box Fettucine, cooked according to package
5 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, crushed
¼ cup flour
1/4 cup sour cream
2 oz goat cheese by Natural and Kosher
4 tablespoon prepared pesto (I used Sabras brand)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

In a deep sauté pan on low heat, melt butter and then add in clove of  garlic and stir.
Add ¼ cup flour and mix in with butter till it becomes a thick paste. This is called a roux. Cook for 1 minute on low.
While continuously stirring add the sour cream and goat cheese, then and pesto until it also becomes thick.
Add in the milk slowly, and continue to whisk till it becomes thickened, which will happen at boiling point.
Season with salt and pepper.
Toss in cooked pasta and mix well. Serve with a poached egg on top.
Note:
The sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance and placed in the fridge. When reheating the sauce which may have thickened from being in the fridge, add a little milk to loosen the sauce, and re-season with salt if needed.

Fresh Mozzarella Winter Orzo Salad with Roasted Grapefruit and Tangerine

 

Fresh Mozzarella Winter Orzo Salad with Roasted Grapefruit and Tangerine

1lb orzo pasta
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
juice from half a lemon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 large beet, peeled
1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
1 tangerine, peeled and sliced
3-4 slices Natural and Kosher fresh mozzarella
parsley, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400F. Place the beet on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 40-45 minutes or until a fork easily pierces through. Meanwhile prepare pasta according to package instruction.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain and toss in olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Fifteen minutes before the beet is cooked, place the grapefruit and tangerine slices on the baking sheet to roast. Cook them until the edges are nicely caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Remove the beet and citrus and let cool. With gloved hands, dice the beets.
To assemble the salad, toss the orzo with the grapefruit and tangerine slices as well as the beets. With your hands, tear the mozzarella slices and sprinkle throughout. Lastly, garnish with the parsley and serve. This salad can be served warm, room temperature or cold. Enjoy.the kosher spoon : fresh mozzarella winter orzo salad with roasted grapefruit and tangerine

Recipe by Sina Mizrahi for Natural & Kosher Cheese You can visit her blog at http://www.thekosherspoon.com/2015/01/fresh-mozzarella-winter-orzo-salad-with.html#more for more beautiful photos.

 

Natural & Kosher’s Italian Blend Cheese, Eggs and Avocado Stuffed Arepas

Arepas are a great choice for lunch or weekday dinner!

Natural and Kosher Italian Blend Cheese, Eggs and Avocado Stuffed Arepas

Ingredients

4 ripe Hass Avocados

Juice of 3 limes

2 teaspoons kosher salt

½ small bunch cilantro, finely chopped

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus ¾ cup for frying

2 tablespoons Natural and Kosher Grated Parmesan Cheese

3 cups Natural and Kosher Italian Blend Shredded Cheese

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3¾ cups warm water

4 cups masarepa (pre-cooked white or yellow cornmeal)

6 large eggs

½ cup oil-cured black olives, pitted and roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Peel and pit the avocados, cut the flesh vertically into ¼-inch slices, and place them into a flat bowl.
  2. Quickly cover the avocados with lime juice, sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of the salt and the minced cilantro, and turn gently to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray 2 rimmed baking sheets with nonstick vegetable oil spray, line with parchment paper, and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons Natural and Kosher Parmesan cheese, 1 cup Natural and Kosher Italian Blend Cheese, the remaining salt, the pepper, and cornmeal. With the mixer running at low speed, add the water. When it is fully incorporated, turn off the mixer. Remove the paddle, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let stand for 5 minutes. Replace the bowl and paddle and mix at medium-low speed for 5 minutes, until the mixture forms a soft pliable ball that easily pulls away from the side of the mixer and feels silky smooth. (If the dough does not form a ball easily, then add more water, drizzling in 1 tablespoon at a time and kneading well to incorporate after each addition.) Turn off the mixer, remove the paddle, cover the dough with plastic wrap, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. To form the arepas, divide the dough into 6 equal parts. Moisten your hands with cold water, and roll each into a smooth ball. With the palm of your hand, gently pat them into flat rounds about 5½ to 6 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick. Place on one of the prepared baking sheets, in layers separated by parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a heavy, 8-inch skillet over medium heat until it shimmers. Cook the arepas, one at a time, for 1½ to 2 minutes per side, or just until a crust has formed and it is golden brown and crisp. Return the fried arepa to the other prepared baking sheets and place in the oven to keep warm.  Repeat with the remaining arepas, adding oil to the skillet as necessary, and stacking the finished arepas on the baking sheet in the oven, separated by sheets of parchment paper. (Reserve 1 tablespoon of oil.) When all of the arepas are cooked, remove the pan from the heat and reserve.
  7. Transfer 1 arepa to a cutting board. Holding it with your fingertips on top (not at the sides), slice the arepa in half  horizontally to make 2 circles, with a sharp, large knife. Repeat with the remaining arepas and sprinkle ⅓ cup of the Italian Blend cheese on the 6 bottom pieces. Return the 6 cheesy bottoms to the baking sheet and place in the oven. Reserve the 6 arepa tops.
  8. Pour the remaining 1 tablespoon oil into the reserved pan and set over high heat until it shimmers. Fry the eggs, 2 at a time, to desired doneness, transferring the fried eggs to a large platter.
  9. Remove the cheesy arepa bottoms from the oven and place a fried egg on each. Top each egg with 3 avocado slices and 1 teaspoon olives and place the reserved arepa tops gently on top of each. Serve immediately.

Kitchen Tips

  • The arepas, uncut and unfilled, will keep, wrapped individually and refrigerated, for up to 2 days. They can be frozen for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe by Tami Weiser for Natural & Kosher Cheese 

You can visit her blog at http://theweiserkitchen.com/recipe/natural-kosher-italian-blend-cheese-eggs-avocado-stuffed-arepas/

Sweet Potato Latkes with Creamy Cheddar Sauce

Here’s a twist on the traditional latke recipe! Sina Mizrahi makes sweet potato latke’s with a creamy cheddar dipping sauce, featuring Natural & Kosher’s Artisan Cheddar Cheese. This recipe combines the sweet taste of yams with the savory taste of cheese. This recipe makes our mouth water!

Sweet Potato Latkes with Creamy Cheddar Sauce

2 large sweet potatoes, shredded
1 medium russett potato, shredded
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
oil, for frying

1/2 stick butter
2 tablespoons all purpose four
1 cup milk
1 8oz. bag Natural and Kosher Artisan Cheddar Cheese
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, mix the sweet potato, white potato, and flour. In another bowl, beat the eggs with the garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. Combine the egg mixture into the potato mixture. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan to 350F. Once the oil is hot enough, scoop handfuls of the potato mixture with your hands, form a ball and drop into the oil. Flatten with a spatula and cook 2-3 minutes per side, or until the bottom caramelizes and turns a golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Serve immediately or keep the oven on at 200F and keep the latkes there until ready to serve.

For the dipping sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour and keep whisking vigorously so the flour doesn’t burn. Add the milk and continue stirring. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheese and salt, stirring until melted. Serve warm alongside the latkes.

 

Recipe by Sina Mizrahi for Natural & Kosher Cheese 

You can visit her blog at http://www.thekosherspoon.com/2014/12/sweet-potato-latkes-with-creamy-cheddar.html for more beautiful photos.

 

 

Camembert Mac and Cheese

Have you ever made skillet mac and cheese? Now is your chance to try Sina Mizrahi’s unique recipe, featuring Natural & Kosher’s Camembert Cheese!

Sina’s recipe includes other Natural & Kosher cheese products as well but when she adds the Camembert cheese it adds an interesting depth and dimension to the dish, bringing this classic comfort food to the next level.

 

Camembert Skillet Mac and Cheese

1lb whole wheat elbow pasta
8 oz shredded Natural and Kosher mozzarella cheese (about 2 cups)
3.5 oz. Natural and Kosher Camembert cheese, rind removed and cut into small chunks
2oz. Natural and Kosher Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 cup Panko crumbs
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
fresh thyme, for garnish (optional)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente, about 5-6 minutes. Strain, mix in a drop of oil to reduce sticking and set aside. 

In a mixing bowl, combine the mozzarella, camembert, and parmesan cheeses. In a different bowl, combine the panko and thyme.

In a large 10-inch ovenproof skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When butter starts to foam, whisk in the flour. Whisk continuously until the flour is well incorporated, about 2 minutes. Slowly pour in the milk and continue whisking vigorously taking care that no clumps form. Continue whisking until the sauce has thickened to the consistency of heavy cream. Stir in the mustard, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Reduce heat to the lowest setting. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500F or broil.

Slowly add the cheese mixture by the handfuls, whisking in between until just melted. The sauce should be thick, creamy and smooth. Remove from heat and fold in the pasta, stirring slowly until coated in sauce. Sprinkle the panko mixture and bake or broil for 4-5 minutes, until the top browns and the cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and let it cool for 5-7 minutes before serving. 

Recipe by Sina Mizrahi for Natural & Kosher Cheese 

You can visit her blog at http://www.thekosherspoon.com/2014/12/sweet-potato-latkes-with-creamy-cheddar.html for more beautiful photos.

 

Poutine Latke’s by Busy in Brooklyn

 

In preparation for Chanukah we were looking for an original latke recipe. Busy in Brooklyn came up with an extremely creative idea! Poutine Latke’s! Poutine is a Canadian dish generally made with French Fries, cheese curds and gravy. This Poutine by Busy in Brooklyn is made with mini potato latkes, topped with Natural & Kosher’s Fresh Mozzarella cheese and a Parmesan gravy using Natural & Kosher’s Parmesan wedge. Yum! Now that is creative! (If you can’t make the latke’s you can buy mini latke’s in stores).

 

Potato Latkes:

4 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated
1 small white onion, grated
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons matza meal
2 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for frying

Method:

Put potatoes and onions in a cheesecloth and squeeze out as much juice as possible into a bowl. Let the mixture sit so the potato starch settles to the bottom. Slowly pour the liquid out of the bowl (into the sink), leaving the potato starch in the bowl. Add eggs, matza meal, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Mix in the grated potatoes and onions. Heat oil in a skillet and fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

Yield: 12-14 medium latkes.

Parmesan Gravy:

1 tbsp butter
1 clove minced garlic
1 tbsp flour
1 cup vegetable stock
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp freshly grated Natural & Kosher Cheese parmesan
salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

Add butter to a saucepan and melt over medium heat. Add garlic and stir until softened and fragrant, but not browned. Add flour and whisk continuously over medium heat until deeply golden. Be careful not to burn it! Slowly add stock, whisking continuosly, and continue to whisk until the mixture comes to a boil. Add soy sauce and parmesan and continue to cook, whisking as you go, until mixture is smooth and thickened. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper (it shouldn’t need more than a pinch of salt because the soy sauce and parmesan are salty). Pour through a fine mesh sieve, if desired, for silky smooth gravy.

Yield:  3/4 cup (you may want to double it)

VARIATION: to make it pareve, omit parmesan and use vegan butter.

Poutine Latkes:

potato latkes (recipe above) or store-bought mini latkes (as pictured)
parmesan gravy
Natural & Kosher Cheese Fresh Mozzarella, pulled apart into shreds

Method:

Set the potato latkes out on a platter (warm them, if needed). Scatter the fresh mozzarella over it and drizzle generously with gravy (make sure the gravy is hot so it can melt the cheese).

VARIATION: You may use this recipe over french fries, potato wedges or tater tots.
QUICK & EASY: buy a packet of gravy mix and prepare according the package directions. Use shredded mozzarella cheese.

Recipe by Busy In Brooklyn for Natural & Kosher Cheese 

You can visit her blog at busyinbrooklyn.com/poutine-latkes/ for more beautiful photos.