Everyone loves the classic flavor pairing of fresh apples with a decadent cheese. With autumn (and apple season!) right around the corner, farmers markets will soon be teeming with crisp, juicy and sweet apples of every kind.
Here are suggestions for combining these fabulous flavors into delicious dishes you can enjoy throughout the fall!
Apple chips are a great alternative as a snack chip, but also work perfectly in a salad with Castello® blue cheese crumbles or as part of a cheese board.
3 apples (any kind will work – use your favorite!)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 oz butter - melted
3⁄4 tsp fine salt
Wash and dry the apples. Remove the core and cut the apples into thin slices. As you slice the apple, add the slices to the apple cider vinegar so they don’t turn brown. Brush the apple slices on both sides with the melted butter and spread them out, without over-lap, on three baking trays with waxpaper. Place the trays in the top, middle and bottom of the oven.
Cook for about 25 minutes at 300° F.
When you take the apple chips out of the oven, they will still be soft. Let them cool off on a griddle, and they will become crisp. Sprinkle the crisp apple chips with salt, pair with Castello® cheese and serve quickly afterwards to maximize crispness.
Spicy Apple Jelly
A sweet dessert with fresh, crisp and juicy apples!
Because strong cheeses mellow a bit when paired with sweeter fruit, and mild cheeses become livelier, this jelly pairs well with Castello® Danish Blue cheeses.
3,5 oz apple jelly
2 tbsp golden raisins
¼ tsp ground ginger
Stir jelly, raisins and ginger together.
Cover the spicy jelly and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Season to taste.
Serve with Castello® Danish Blue on crisp crackers with apple wedges.
This delicious recipe pairs perfectly with Castello Aged Havarti.
1 red-skinned apple, cut into very thin wedges (approx. 6 oz)
3 tbsp liquid honey
2 tsp white balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp raisins
Cut the apple into wedges and fold them into the vinegar.
Add honey and raisins and marinate the apples for approx. 15 minutes.