A dish with melted cheese always draws the “oohs” and “aahs” when you serve it up, and it’s also the fastest to get wiped out at the party table. As fans of melted cheese ourselves, we are constantly on the lookout for new recipes and ways to create fanciful dishes for parties, but let’s not forget that the classics are still the best.
Here are some classic recipes you can try for the upcoming festive season, and we guarantee you that guests will be coming back for seconds when they taste the gooey greatness of the melted cheese.
Start Everyone Off With This Delectable Cheesy Entrée
Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes
PREP 35 mins │ COOK 80 mins │ SERVES 4
2 tbsps ghee ♥ 4 large russet potatoes (short, wide potatoes for stuffing) ♥ 1 tsp salt, divided ♥ ½ tsp black pepper to taste ♥ ½ cup sour cream ♥ 4 tbsps Organic Valley Cultured Unsalted Butter ♥ 2/3 cup Organic Valley Shredded Sharp Cheddar ♥ ¼ cup chopped mild jalapenos ♥ 1 tbsp of mild jalapeno vinegar brine from jar ♥ 1/3 cup chopped green onion ♥ ½ cup cooked bacon crumbles (set aside 3 tbsps for garnish) ♥ 1 egg yolk ♥ ¼ cup Organic Valley Shredded Sharp Cheddar
Preheat oven to 200 C. Line a baking pan with sheet pan liner and set aside. Scrub and clean the potatoes with a brush to remove any soil. Pat them dry and rub just enough ghee on each potato to lightly coat the skin. Finish with a lite dusting of salt and rub over the skin for even distribution. Place the potatoes on the prepared baking pan and bake for 45 mins to 1 hour. (Check potatoes at 45 mins) Check the doneness by inserting a knife into the fattest part of the potato, which will be easy to insert when done.
Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut off the tops of each potato and set them aside. Use a knife to carve out the middle leaving the walls of the potato thick enough so that the sides do not collapse. Be careful not to cut through the bottom of the potato. Use a spoon to scoop the insides of the potatoes into a mixing bowl.
Sprinkle the inside of the potato with salt and pepper. Set the top into the potato shell skin side down and season with salt and pepper. Repeat with the other three potatoes.
Combine the sour cream, butter, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped jalapenos and vinegar from jar, chopped green onion, salt and pepper, and bacon into the mixing bowl.
Mix the remaining ingredients together with the scooped potato, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Lastly stir in the egg yolk.
Stuff the potato shells evenly with the filling and place them on the lined baking pan. Bake the potatoes at 200 C for 20 to 30 mins.
Remove the potatoes from oven and sprinkle remaining shredded cheese and bacon on top. Return them to the oven for another 4 to 5 mins to melt the cheese on top of the potatoes. Remove from oven and serve warm.
Here Are Other Cheesy Delights For Your Festive Party
This very pretty festive salad (the layers of colours make it Instagram-worthy!) is not just all looks and no substance – it’s actually a very nutritious dish as well!
Traditionally a Tuscan salad, this flavourful dish is savoury and refreshing at the same time. It’s best served with some warm garlic bread on the side.
Skip the pizzas and prepare this flatbread instead! The best thing about it is that it’s super easy and fast to make, but will still be really popular with your guests.
Crostinis are the perfect party food, and you can get creative with different toppings. We’ve got the classic recipe here, but feel free to swap out or add on other ingredients (but keep the melted cheese!)
A spicy, cheesy treat, these quesadillas can be made for a delicious snack or to serve up as a delectable side dish. Best served with some salsa or yoghurt dip!
Like its name suggest, these are the Best. Ever. Nachos! The kids at your party will really enjoy these. Serve with some sour cream, or if you want to get creative, accompany with a spread of different dips and condiments.
Freeze ½ cup freshly-squeezed orange juice into ice cubes. Add ½ cup Organic Valley Eggnog, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp sugar, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, ¼ tsp cinnamon powder, and the frozen ice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve topped with whipped cream and cinnamon powder, if liked.
Prepare Your Feast With Organic Valley Dairy Products
When it comes to preparing hearty meals for family and friends to enjoy, you want to choose the very best ingredients for your dishes. Organic Valley gives you the highest quality of dairy and cheese products, produced according to USDA standards. And because their organic products are made by farmers and artisans who care about the environment and are committed to sustainability, you know you are getting the most authentic, honest and fresh dairy produce. Organic Valley products are available in leading supermarkets.
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