Cheese Skewers

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Cheese skewers are an easy appetizer to put together when you know people are going to be coming over. They can be made ahead of time and whipped out of the fridge with a flourish when guests arrive. Check out the 4 easy recipes below.

Manchego & Almond Quince Skewers

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David and I first had these skewers at a cooking class we took back when we lived in Cincinnati. They were a big hit then, and they are a big hit now. I make them to take to parties and to have on hand when friends and family come over.
serves: 6

½ pound quince paste*
½ cup almonds, roasted and finely chopped
½ pound Manchego cheese
1 small bunch watercress
6” skewers

Cut the quince paste into 1-inch cubes and roll them in the crushed almonds. Cut the cheese into 1-inch cubes. Put a quince cube onto a toothpick, then a watercress leaf followed by a cube of cheese. Place on a platter and serve. Easy, huh?

*Quince paste is also called membrillo, which is simply jelly made from quince fruit. It can usually be found in artisanal cheese cases.

Marinated Feta Skewers

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I omitted the green olives this time around as David is not a fan of olives. Feel free to omit if you are not an olive-lover yourself. They still taste great without them.

from: Ellie Krieger
serves: 6

2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 teaspoons orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
4 ounces feta cheese, cut into 24 (½ -inch) cubes
24 mint leaves
¼ large English cucumber, seeded, and cut into ½ -inch chunks
12 pitted green olives, halved
6” skewers

In a medium bowl combine the fennel seeds, orange zest, orange juice, and pepper. Gently stir in the feta and marinate for a minimum of 1 hour.

To make the skewers, place a mint leaf about 3/4-inch up the skewer, then add an olive half, then a chunk of cucumber. Gently place a cube of the marinated feta on the end. Place on a platter and serve.

Cheese Nibblers

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idea from: Prevention Magazine December 2010

Cut desired cheese into small cubes. Skewer and dip into warmed honey, marmalade, or jam. Coat the cubes with toasted and chopped nuts, poppy or sesame seeds, finely diced fresh herbs, or smoked paprika. This is a fun way to be creative with whatever is in your pantry and fridge. This time I used gouda and smoked gouda, fig jam, and chopped pecans.

The last skewers are simply cubes of gouda and kielbasa.

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