Tag: Cheese

Cojita Pesto Grilled Cheese

Cojita Pesto Grilled Cheese

This may seem like a weird combo, but boy does it ever work and to be completely honest it happened by accident. I initially was looking to make this with haloumi cheese. It’s one of those cheeses that are sometimes easy to find and sometimes 

Broccoli Au Gratin

Broccoli Au Gratin

Cheese and broccoli are a match made in heaven, tell me otherwise! It is tale as old as time and this recipe is exactly that. For this I used some charred broccoli leftovers I had kicking around and I think it was the perfect addition. 

Crispy Herby Polenta Fries

Crispy Herby Polenta Fries

This dish is one of those things I would always order at a restaurant because they were a special treat I’d never have at home or even think to make. Turns out they’re incredibly easy to achieve at home and they are very well worth it with minimal effort! I would suggest getting the pre-made polenta as it just makes the job even easier. You can find them by the baking section or by the Italian foods. The pre-made polenta is also shelf stable so you can make these on a whim!

The best thing about polenta is it’s ability to absorb all the flavours your giving to it. I love flavour bombs and this offers that as well as the crispy crunch, and this is all done in your oven.

The last thing are the dips! These are a non-negotiable, and yes I do really think you need two dips. A red sauce and a white sauce. I’m the kind of person where more is more and they both offer something completely different but complement each other so well. So here you go! I hope you enjoy!

Cripsy Herby Polenta Fries

Polenta is often over looked but is completely delicious. This is the perfect side dish, lunch, or even late night snack! I suggest making as much as you can as they won't last very long.
3.96 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • 2 large sheet trays
  • Large Bowl
  • Immersion blender
  • Small Sauce Pan

Ingredients
  

Polenta

  • 1 Tube of Polenta (500g)
  • 1 tbsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1-2 tbsp Red Chili Flakes I like it spicy so ease up if you'd like only a little kick
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil If you have garlic confit kicking around like I try to, using the oil from that in this dish really elevates it
  • 1-2 tbsp Maldon Salt I love to use this as a finishing salt
  • 1/2 cup Grated Pecorino Cheese

Dipping Sauce – Quick Dilly Ranch

  • 1/4 cup Hellmann's Mayo
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp 2% Milk
  • 1 tsp Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Dried Chives
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Dill If using dried 1 tbsp works here
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

Dipping Sauce – Marinara

  • 1/2 cup Tomato Paste I love the tube tomato paste, so this is about a half tube
  • 3/4 cup Veggie stock I freeze my home made veggie stock in ice cube trays and it's approximately 4-5 cubes
  • 1.5 tsp White Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Dried oregano
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Open package of polenta and dry off the excess moisture
  • Cut polenta into even 1" fry stripes. I cut the rounded edges off and cut the polenta in half length wise, then kept halving them lengthwise until the outside was an inch, like long pizzas. Then I cut them into thirds
  • Place all herbs and spices with olive oil in bowl, toss to coat
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange polenta evenly without over crowding
  • Place in oven and cook for 40 minutes, flipping half way
  • While polenta is in the oven prepare the sauces
  • For the ranch combine all ingredients and blend with immersion blender if you don't have one, chop the dill finely (if using fresh) and whisk all ingredients together
  • To make the marinara combine all ingredients in small sauce pan and heat over medium for 20 minutes, if it begins to sputter turn the heat down to medium low
  • Once polenta fries are looking brown and crispy around the edges they're all done. Remove from oven and sprinkle with grated cheese, serve immediately with dipping sauces
Keyword crispy, fries, herby, polenta, snack, vegitarian
Crispy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

Do you ever find you go through food moods? You’ll be making pasta all the time, or having soup a few nights a week? Or ramen often (I mean that’s a given these days for me). But, same, and that’s me with Brussels Sprouts right 

Easy Breezy Cheesy Ramen

Easy Breezy Cheesy Ramen

I think I’ve said it before, I definitely got into instant ramen way too late in life. So I’m absolutely making up for lost time. It’s perfect. It’s amazing, I’m obsessed and I’ll never not have multiple packages of instant ramen in my house forever 

Queso Fresco Breakfast Toast

Queso Fresco Breakfast Toast

Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to grocery shopping. I am a more is more kinda gal and that’s no exception when it comes to grocery shopping. It’s a blessing and a curse. I’m often left with things I don’t need, just want, and by the end of the trip I have so many random things because I get easily excited ok! This Queso Fresco was one of those things. I went to a specialty grocery store and saw it and couldn’t place in my basket fast enough, I love reaching for things I can’t get often. Did I know what I was going to use it for? No, did I care? Also no.

It came to the point where I was doing my weekly(ish) fridge clean out and saw this cheese, just sitting there, all innocent and begging to be used. It was also about to go off and I knew it was the cheese’s time to shine. I remembered I baked a load of bread a few days ago and that needed to be used as well.

What I did know about the queso fresco was it had a high melting point similar to haloumi, another favourite of mine. I then knew what to do. This whole breakfast came together in less that 10 minutes and kept me full for a while. The high protein in the cheese and heartiness of the bread made for a perfect start to the day. The secret star was the hot honey as it’s been my go to for elevating anything and everything it can. I hope you decide to make this one day and you’ll be super happy and maybe dance in your kitchen like I did after it was done.

queso fresco toast

Grilled Queso Fresco Breakfast Toast

A super quick and hearty breakfast that will set you up for success. It's salty, sweet and crunchy. What more could you want to start your day? Pairs well with coffee and dancing in your kitchen.
2.93 from 578 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 3-5 Slices Queso Fresco Cheese
  • 1-2 Slices Toast If you can get your hands on a fresh loaf, home made bread or some sourdough these would be great! But to me most bread is good bread
  • 1 tbsp Hot Honey

Instructions
 

  • Toast the bread, I like to broil in the oven or use a toaster
  • While bread is toasting, place cheese slices in a medium hot pan. Try to avoid flipping to many times as we want a nice deep brown colour, the moisture should be cooking out at this point
  • Once both sides are browned nicely, arrange the slices on the toast in a nice even layer
  • Once cheese and bread are friends drizzle the hot honey all over, enjoy immediately and be happy with this delicious breakfast that took no time
Keyword breakfast, cheese, hot honey, queso fresco, toast
Whipped Ricotta and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Whipped Ricotta and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is one of those dinners where I just wanted to place a lot of elements I was into and see if they mesh, and did they ever! I’ve been a long time fan of any and most cheeses and ricotta is no exception. I’ve 

Cream of Mushroom Pasta

Cream of Mushroom Pasta

Sometimes you just need a warm hug in the form of a feel good dinner and I think this dish fills that void. It’s delicious, full of flavour and comes together extremely quickly, so even those who are weary and tired but yearning for something