Holiday Cheese Recipes: All Hail the Ball & Fondue Parties

Farmhouse Cheddar, Bourbon and Pecan Cheese ball

Farmhouse Cheddar, Bourbon and Pecan Cheese ball

Union Square is decked out with more white lights than a Diwali festival, drugstore chains are now displaying their trusty battery-powered dancing Frosty the Snowman, and the evites to holiday parties are eying your inbox. The winter holiday season is here. No matter whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, the opportunity to share a glass of bubbly at a party with your friends near some mistletoe, or the seasonal changing of Hershey kiss wrapper color,  you’re probably going to be going to or hosting a party sometime soon.

It goes without saying then that you’re going to need to bring something cheesy somewhere. Just in case you wanted to do something beyond bring a cheese plate, I compiled my favorite cheese recipes for you that are fit for a holiday party. Some are app style, some are for sit down meals.

These are recipes that I’ve used over and over again throughout the years or have recently caught my eye for my own holiday events. I hope you enjoy them!

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Appetizers

Cheeseballs: Just in case you haven’t heard me professing my love to cheeseballs yet, let me do it here. I love a good artisan cheese ball, and I created these recipes (one pictured above) for NPR’s Kitchen Window series to publicly declare my adoration. The flavors in each cheeseball were inspired by the amazing work of the cheesemaker.

Mediterranean Mezes: Haloumi Squares with Tapenade

Roasted Feta

Leek and Comté Tartlets

Grougere: Pâte a Choux

Walnut-Blue Cheese Coins

Mille-Feuille with Two Goat Cheeses

Mains & Sit-downs

Baked goat cheese, photo from David Lebovitz website

Baked goat cheese, photo from David Lebovitz website

Warm Baked Goat Cheese

Fig & Blue Cheese Galette

Truffled “Raclette” Pizza: the Swiss Invasion

Classic Swiss fondue

A16’s Italian Meatballs With Tomato & White Wine Braise

Dessert

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Cheddar crusted pie, photo from Martha Stewart site

Cheddar-Crusted Apple Pie

Roquefort Honey Ice Cream

Shredded Wheat and Cheese Pastry in Syrup

Goat cheese truffles, Dulce de leche goat cheese cookies

Happy holidays, and I hope you have plenty of delicious leftovers! Any favorite recipes you use for the holidays that you want to share? Link in the comments.

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