Yes, there really are Crave Brothers behind the award-winning line of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, and their family members know firsthand how to elevate holiday fare with the addition of handcrafted cheese. To help you take your own seasonal celebrations to the next level, members of the Crave family share their own favorite recipes for easy entertaining. Their secret is to make it special, but keep it simple. That way, you can enjoy the holidays with minimum fuss and a maximum flair.
Another fresh and festive idea comes from Tina Crave, who likes to pair the Citrus Celebration Salad with sparkling Prosecco wine at holiday brunches. The colorful salad combines orange and grapefruit segments with avocado slices and baby arugula, with shelled pistachios and Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella Perlines (pearl-sized balls) sprinkled on top of the salad. Pomegranate seeds add extra color to the salad. The vinaigrette dressing is made with orange juice, honey, champagne vinegar, olive oil, and Dijon mustard.
Give guests a warm welcome with Butternut Squash Soup, a favorite recipe of both Debbie Crave and Roseanne Crave. Featuring roasted butternut squash, chicken stock and Crave Brothers Mascarpone, the ingredients are combined in a blender and then transferred to a pot with butter, cooking oil, salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes. For parties, keep the soup warm in a slow cooker. Just before serving, add two sprigs of thyme and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. The sweet flavor and velvety texture of Crave Brothers Mascarpone adds a note of luxury to holiday—or everyday—soups and sauces.
Leah Crave turns to warm comfort food during the holidays, and favors hearty fare for her family of four growing children. To feed a crowd during the busy holiday season, she makes Lasagna with shredded Crave Brothers Farmer’s Rope String Cheese. The no-frills meal is a crowd-pleaser, thanks to the addition of the fresh-flavored handmade deli string cheese with its superior shredding and melting characteristics.
Another one of her favorites is Chili topped with Crave Brothers Jalapeño Cheese Curds. Made with a blend of ground beef and ground venison, the chili is made in a slow cooker and incorporates cooked macaroni, onions, celery, green pepper, tomato soup, V-8 Juice and kidney beans. It’s seasoned with chili powder, salt and pepper. When you’re expecting a crowd, the chili can simmer all day in the slow cooker before guests arrive. When serving, stir in Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Curds to create what Leah Crave calls, “long and stringy, super gooey, extra squeaky Wisconsin farm food goodness. ”The addition of the mild, salty flavor and unique texture of award-winning Crave Brothers Cheddar Cheese Curds enhances a variety of one-pot meals, including soups and stews.
Beth Crave takes the seasonal classic gingerbread to the next level with her holiday dessert of Gingerbread Cake Roll with Mascarpone Filling. Crave Brothers Mascarpone, eggs, molasses and spices enrich the gingerbread cake recipe. It’s baked in a 10” x 13” jellyroll pan for 10 minutes, and then inverted onto a tea towel, rolled up, and allowed to cool completely before adding the filling. Mascarpone Filling is a blend of Crave Brothers Mascarpone, sugar, vanilla extract and heavy cream. Refrigerate the filled cake roll until serving time, and then dust it with icing sugar before slicing.
During the busy holiday season, remember that Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese adds an artisanal note to your brunch, buffet and cocktail party menus. Crave Brothers Cheddar Cheese Curds have been recognized for their excellence, including four First Place awards at prestigious competitions. Most recently, White Cheddar Cheese Curds took First Place honors at the 2019 American Cheese Society Conference and Competition, and were voted the Second Place Winner in this year’s USA Today’s Best Cheese Curds Competition.
All told, Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella varieties have earned nearly 50 awards for excellence. In the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella Medallions and Crave Brothers Part-Skim One-Pound Mozzarella Balls received First Place Awards. Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella Ciliegine won a Second Place Award.
Crave Brothers Mascarpone has been a steady competition winner since its introduction. Made from fresh, sweet cream, it now has more than 36 honors to its name, including First Place Awards for both Crave Brothers Mascarpone and Crave Brothers Chocolate Mascarpone, at the 2019 American Cheese Society Competition.
Among the most recent awards for Crave Brothers Farmer’s Rope String Cheese is the honor of winning a First Place/Blue Ribbon in its category at the 2019 Dodge County Fair Cheese Judging.
Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Cheese is made with milk produced by cows from the Crave family’s own dairy herd. Licensed cheese maker George Crave oversees the making of Crave Brothers Cheese. It is sustainably produced in the family’s farmstead cheese-making facility that practices water conservation, recycling, and uses 100 percent green power.
For more holiday recipe ideas from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, visit www.cravecheese.com. You’ll also find product information and details about the award-winning line of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, as well as videos highlighting the Crave Brothers green story.