Summer Entertaining: Host A Crostini Party

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Longer days beckon southerners outdoors especially when in good company. Slow down & host an effortless get together at the lake, the beach or in your very own backyard. Focus on one show stopping idea such as making a small batch of fresh farmers cheese filled with herbs straight from your window sill garden. The bonus– a good-for-you, calcium-rich spread loaded with protein. Scatter the Handcrafted Lemon-Dill Farmer Cheese over salads, sliced tomatoes & grilled vegetables. Stir into creamy dressings & sauces for a boost of fresh flavor or offer a few extras such as mashed avocado, bacon & a selection of farm-fresh vegetables with buttery toasts to kick-off easy summer entertaining.

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makes about 6 ounces

This particular cheese making method produces a spreadable cheese similar to ricotta. For a more compact crumbling cheese similar to queso fresco, press as much of the liquid from the cheese curds as you can to produce approximately a 4-ounce disc of fresh cheese.

1 quart whole milk
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 {14-inch} pieces of cheesecloth
1 Tbsp fresh chopped dill, packed
1 tsp lemon zest
1 small garlic clove pressed

Cook the milk & the salt in a 3 1/2-quart saucepan over Medium-Low heat to 180 degrees,
stirring the bottom of the pot on occasion, for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off the heat.

just a note
if you overshoot the temperature & bring the milk to a boil
know that it will bubble up vigorously… quite possibly out of the pot
keep a good watch over the progress as the milk gets hot

Slowly add the lemon juice, about 1/4 teaspoon at a time.
Gently stir the mixture with a rubber spatula as the curds begin to form.

the curds will begin separating from the whey

Remove the pot from the heat & let stand 20 minutes,
gently stirring the mixture on occasion.

Place a fine wire mesh sieve over a tall bowl.
Line the sieve with the cheesecloth in an X shape.
Pour the cheese curds into the cloth.
Let stand 20 minutes.

Gather the cheesecloth & gently squeeze the curds together to drain further.
Place the cheese curds in a small bowl & stir in the dill, the lemon zest & the garlic.

taste the curds…
add additional kosher salt if you’d like to

Return the cheese curds to the cheesecloth & press together tightly to form a disc shape.
Place back in the sieve over the tall bowl. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Transfer the cheese to a container & cover.
Spread over crostini toasts, sandwich bread or spoon small bits over salads.

The cheese has a shelf life of about 7 days. I used regular pasteurized, homogenized milk. Raw milk may also be used.

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makes about 5 to 6 appetizer servings

Baking the toasts at a lower temperature allows the bread to dry out & crisp throughout.
Broiling the last few minutes of the bake time lends a lovely golden brown.

1 {15-oz] quality baguette, cut into 5/16-inch slices
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Arrange the bread in a single layer on a half sheet pans.
Brush the slices with melted butter.

Bake for 10 minutes. Switch the oven to the broil setting.

Place the pans under the broiler.
Cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until the toasts are lighlty browned.
Cool completely.

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A little dicing & chopping is all it takes to get the party started.
Fill small bowls with toppings & arrange on slate or wooden boards.
Scatter plenty of crostini toasts about & offer your beautiful handcrafted cheese.
Finish with a stack of small plates & napkins.

Create an instant bar on a small outdoor table away from the food.
This will allow each space to be accessible with ease.
Organize a tray of non-breakable barware with a bucket of ice close by.

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Three Summer-Fresh Crostini Ideas

No. 1

Southern-Style Bruschetta

A go-to seasonal salad can be found on dinner plates throughout the summer months.
Dicing the vegetables makes for a simple & flavorful topping.

Fillet & dice 2 plum tomatoes. Toss together with 1 cup diced cucumber, 1/4 cup diced red onion
& 2 Tbsp Italian salad dressing with kosher salt & freshly ground pepper to taste.
Spoon the vegetables over the Buttery Crostini Toasts
spread with the Lemon-Dill Farmer Cheese.

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Crisp Cucumber Crostini

Classic cucumber sandwiches get a serious style & taste makeover.
The southern luncheon favorite trades pullman bread for buttery, crisp baguette slices.
The rich homemade cheese adds a boost of fresh lemon & herbs.

Position a mandolin on the lowest setting to cut ultra-thin cucumber slices.
Season generously with kosher salt & pepper just before topping
the Buttery Crostini Toasts spread with the Lemon-Dill Farmer Cheese.

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Bacon-Avocado Smash

Crowd-pleasing bacon adds smoky notes to mashed avocado.

Choose firm, ripe produce.
Once split, remove the seed & score the flesh.
Scoop out the pulp with a spoon & place in a small bowl.
Add a few teaspoons of lemon juice & gently fold together.
Season with kosher salt & pepper to taste.

Top the Buttery Crostini Toasts
with the Lemon-Dill Farmer Cheese & the avocado mixture.
Crown each nibble with a 1-inch piece of cooked bacon.

No. 4

The Video Tutorial

Watch the videos to see how easy it to pull it off.

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Cooking Lessons
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I am honored to serve as a dairy advocate spreading the benefits of dairy in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. Although I work with my friends from the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association in various capacities from time to time, I chose to explore & cover this particular topic out of a natural, personal curiosity. All thoughts, views & findings are my own.

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