Festive Cheese Recipes & Pairings for Your Holiday Celebrations
Plus, we're giving away a pair of gift baskets filled with delicious local flavors — one to keep, one to give. Enter below.
The many different fall and winter holidays have one thing in common: Food, and plenty of it. No matter which holidays you celebrate or which culinary traditions your family claims, there's a good chance that cheese is one of those foods. After all, nobody has ever been sad to see a thoughtfully arranged cheese plate at a party or family gathering.
But, let's be honest: The average holiday spread could use just a little bit more cheese. We came up with three festive recipes that beautifully integrate our soft-ripened, French-style cheeses into any holiday menu. These dishes meld familiar, beloved flavors with a touch of Marin French magic (a.k.a. cheese); they're perfect for updating your holiday meals without straying too far from convention. Plus, we've included suggested drink pairings to take each dish to the next level — or you can use our Cheese Pairing Tool to create your own.
Celebrate Thanksgiving In One Perfect Bite
As the most food-centric major American holiday, a cheese board is already a mainstay of many Thanksgiving tables — so why not add a brie-based appetizer to be thankful for? That's the inspiration behind our Sweet Potato Rounds topped with Triple Crème Brie and Candied Pecan. These delectable little bites are sweet, savory, and rich all at once — kind of like a miniature Thanksgiving dinner. Serve them as part of an appetizer spread or as a side with the main meal; either way, they're sure to be a standout.
Suggested Drink Pairing: An oaky, buttery Chardonnay
Make Hanukkah Even Brighter
For many families, Hanukkah is all about gathering with loved ones to light the menorah, exchange gifts, and eat latkes. Everyone's favorite potato pancakes are both delicious and symbolic: Eating oil-fried foods like latkes celebrates a miraculous event from over 2,000 years ago, in which a one-day supply of oil kept the Second Temple's menorah burning for 8 days.
If your family already loves latkes with sour cream and applesauce, our recipe for Latkes with Petite Ash, Cranberry Relish, and Rosemary just might be a new tradition in the making. This dish has all the tangy, fruity, and creamy flavors you expect, just slightly elevated; we think the visual appeal and earthy spiced flavor of our Petite Ash is a particularly lovely touch.
Suggested Drink Pairing: Sweet Lambrusco or a Lambrusco Spritz (bubbles + fried food = delicious, every time)
Impress Your Christmas Party Guests
Christmas brings out the festive spirit in just about everyone, and that means lots of parties. (December might as well be National Holiday Party Month!) When it's your turn to host, make a batch or more of our Savory Puff Pastry Bites with Petite Truffle and Cranberry and wait for the compliments to roll in. These truffle-y brie appetizers are bite-sized, buttery, and incredibly impressive — but not overly complicated to make.
Suggested Drink Pairing: Your favorite Champagne or Prosecco with a splash of pomegranate juice (and/or pomegranate seeds) for a festive touch
Win a pair of gift baskets from Marin French Cheese Co.
Spread a little holiday cheer with Marin French Cheeses! When you enter our Holiday Pairings Sweepstakes, you'll get a chance to win two gift baskets filled with goodies from Marin French, Eva's Delights, and Rustic Bakery — one to keep, and one to give to a friend.
Each Magic of Marin basket contains:
- Marin French Cheese Co. Golden Gate 8oz
- Marin French Cheese Co. Petite Truffle 4oz
- Marin French Cheese Co. Petite Ash 4oz
- Happy Place Mug - Marin French Cheese Co.
- Tea Towel - Marin French Cheese Co. Map
- Wine Key - Marin French Cheese Co.
- Rustic Bakery Artisan Crisps
- Eva's Delights Artisan Chocolate Truffles
- Shipped in Basket
Enter the giveaway by filling out the form below — and be sure to read the official rules before entering. Happy holidays!