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Champagne Asparagus Roll-Ups Recipe

appetizers, snacksSheri SpalloneComment
Champagne Asparagus Roll-Ups Recipe

Champagne Asparagus Roll-Ups Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

We love it when friends from across the country send us recipes using our gourmet products.  This quick and easy asparagus recipe comes to us from Sharon Brookover, in Chester Springs, PA, and it features our award-winning Champagne Mustard.  This appetizer comes together in minutes and can be made early in the day and baked at the last minute. 

Grace your Spring brunches or gatherings with these tasty, buttery, asparagus, ham and cheese roll-ups. Make sure to grab a plate for yourself, because these delicious morsels will disappear in minutes!

Try this recipe with all three of our mustards and comment below on your favorite combination!

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Ingredients

  • 6 asparagus spears, blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes

  • 6 slices soft white bread

  • 6 Teaspoons (tsp) softened butter ( 1 tsp. per slice of bread)

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) softened butter

  • 6 slices ham, thinly sliced, cut in half

  • 6 slices Swiss cheese, cut in half

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) Cherchies® Champagne Mustard (using 1 teaspoon (tsp) per slice of bread).  (or, try this recipe with our Hot Banana Pepper Mustard or Cranberry Mustard)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  

In a medium skillet, add enough water to cover the asparagus.  Blanch asparagus for 2-3 minutes in boiling water, drain, cool, and set aside.

Remove crust from bread with a sharp serrated knife and roll out until very flat and thin.

Spread each slice of bread with 1 teaspoon (tsp) butter and 1 teaspoon (tsp) of Cherchies® Champagne Mustard. 

Cut each slice in half. Place a thin slice of ham on six slices of bread and six slices of Swiss cheese for the other six slices of bread.

**Note, the original recipe called for this method. I personally prefer to add both the ham and cheese. (Unless, your guests are vegetarians or have a dairy intolerance, then consider doing it this way).

Cut the cooled asparagus in half.  Top the ham or cheese slices with one half of each asparagus.

Roll up and brush with melted butter.  Place seam side down on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  

Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Can either serve whole or cut roll-ups in half to serve a crowd.  

Enjoy!

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20 Sweet & Savory Compound Butter Recipes

glaze marinade & sauce, grillingSheri SpalloneComment
20 Sweet & Savory Compound Butter Recipes

20 Sweet & Savory Compound Butter Recipes

So what is “churning” in our kitchen today? Compound butter! If you have never made compound butter, then you are missing out! Compound butter is a cinch to make, and it adds a decadent finish to pretty much everything, meats, seafood, bread, vegetables, pancakes, waffles, and so much more. We wanted to share 20 of our favorite compound butter combinations below, (using you guessed it, Cherchies® products), as well as directions on how to make it.

So what exactly is compound butter? It is softened butter infused with sweet or savory ingredients. The possibilities are endless as to what can go into butter...herbs, cheese, fruit, mustard, spices, jams, fruit, bacon, etc. Talk about a blank canvas!

Sweet compound butter pairs well with scones, rolls, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, croissants, etc., whereas savory compound butter is better with meats, seafood, bread, vegetables, popcorn, and pasta. And sometimes, the sweet and savory are paired together to create something unusually delicious, such as Blackberry Preserves, Champagne Mustard and butter.

Compound butter is perfect for holidays and parties, or anytime you are feeling fancy, but it also makes an ideal gift for the food-lover in your life. Wrap it up or spread the love into a pretty bowl or container and voila, an instant homemade gift!

So what are you waiting for? Mix up your favorite Cherchies® products today and make tasty compound butter. You will not be disappointed! Comment below and let us know your favorite combinations or if you have a new mix to share. Have fun!

Enjoy!

Sweet Compound butters- Use on scones, rolls, pancakes, waffles, French Toast, biscuits, corn bread, croissants, and toasted bagels.

  • Fig, cinnamon, and honey butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Fig Preserves with Cinnamon, and 1 Tablespoon honey.

  • Strawberry honey butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Strawberry Butter Spread, and 1 Tablespoon honey.

  • Cranberry Butter with Champagne- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Cranberry Preserves with Champagne, and 1 teaspoon (tsp) orange zest.

  • Blackberry Bourbon Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Blackberry Seedless Preserves, 2 teaspoons (tsp) honey, and 2 teaspoons (tsp) Bourbon (optional).

  • Cherry Vanilla Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread, and 1 teaspoon (tsp) vanilla.

  • Apple Cinnamon Honey Butter- Combine 1/2 c. butter (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread, and 1 Tablespoon honey.

  • Strawberry Lemon Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Strawberry Butter Spread, and 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp.) lemon zest.

  • Blackberry Lemon Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Blackberry Preserves, and 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp.) lemon zest.

Savory Compound Butters- Add to meats, seafood, breads, vegetables, popcorn, and pasta.

Here is how it is done

Soften Butter

It all starts with this key ingredient...butter! Make sure to use unsalted butter so you can control the salt, unless directed otherwise. Allow the butter to come to room temperature. I usually leave the butter out on my counter for a couple of hours, but some sources suggest cutting the butter into chunks and setting aside.

Mix

Once the butter is softened, combine the desired ingredients in a bowl with a whisk, rubber spatula, or a hand mixer. I will often soften several sticks of butter and divide them into ramekins so I can make several flavors.

Chill
Once the butter is in your desired container, chill the butter in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. The butter should be nice and firm when it is ready. Experiment and have fun!

  • Cylinder/log- Turn the mixture out onto a long sheet of plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or parchment paper. Use the wrap/foil to roll the butter into a cylinder. Twist the ends, gradually applying more pressure as you twist in order to make the cylinder taut. Once the butter has chilled, slice the butter into discs or “coins” as some like to say.

  • Bowl- For a more rustic presentation, spread the butter into a pretty bowl or container. Presented this way would make perfect gifts.

  • Shape it- Spread the butter on a baking sheet and once it is chilled, use cookie cutters to create festive shapes OR spread the butter into plastic candy molds before chilling.

Up the coolness factor at your next family gathering or party and make these tasty compound butters today.

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Sweet & Savory Ham and Cheese Pinwheel Recipe

appetizers, leftovers, snacks, entreesSheri SpalloneComment
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The holidays are upon us which means the hustling and bustling have begun.  That does not mean you cannot slow down, make the preparations stress-free, and enjoy the season.  Amen!  These savory morsels are perfect for those busy days as an after-school snack, a  make-ahead appetizer, or a different twist to your usual dinner routine.  Easy, peasy!

We embellished on our strombolis we posted last week and came up with these sweet and savory pinwheels to share with you.  Instead of pizza dough, we substituted refrigerated crescent roll dough, and added Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread as a glaze to these tasty tidbits, with a pop of texture from the poppy seeds.  

The result was a deliciously sweet and savory, flaky pinwheel tinged with tangy mustard, salty ham, and glazed with a scrumptious apple butter...a must-have recipe for this holiday season, game day, or any celebration.  Make sure to grab some for yourself, because these morsels will disappear before your eyes!  Serve them with our Homemade Applesauce and our Cranberry Spinach Salad for a complete meal!

Enjoy!

Ingredients

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  On a floured surface or on parchment paper, roll out the crescent roll dough into the shape of a rectangle.  (If using traditional crescent roll dough, press the triangle seams together to form a rectangle.  There are now long sheets of crescent dough on the market, either of which is fine).   Spread the dough with the mustard of your choice.  

Next, layer the dough with the cheese, followed by the ham.  Starting with the long side of the dough, carefully and tightly roll up the dough and place the dough seam side down.  Refrigerate the rolled up dough for about 15 minutes to allow for easier cutting.

Once the dough has chilled, remove the rolled dough from the refrigerator and carefully slice into 1 inch segments and place on a parchment papered baking sheet. 

Lightly brush the pinwheels with the Apple Butter Spread and then sprinkle the pinwheels with the poppy seeds.

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

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Spread the Word...and the Mustard! 20 Mustard Recipes You Need to Try Right Now!

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20 Mustard Recipes You Need to Try Right Now!

20 Mustard Recipes You Need to Try Right Now!

Mustard is not just for hot dogs anymore.  Did you know that beyond the beloved wieners and sandwiches, mustard is a very common addition to many culinary dishes?  It's used as a thickener for stews, an emulsifier for vinaigrette, a glaze or rub for meats, a dip for pretzels, chicken tenders, and so much more?  

Did you also know the first Saturday in August (8/5/17) is dedicated to honoring this prestigious condiment, believed to be over 5,000 years old? - daysoftheyear.com.  In fact, in Middleton, Wisconsin, the Mustard Museum (there is such a thing) celebrates and honors everything mustard each year on National Mustard Day!  With our very own award-winning, gourmet mustards (Champagne MustardCranberry Mustard, and Hot Banana Pepper Mustard) showcased at the Mustard Museum, it seems only fitting to celebrate too. After all, mustard is what started our company back in 1978!  

Because we love mustard and because we love you, we are celebrating our favorite condiment with a sale!  Come and visit us at www.cherchies.com beginning Friday 8/4/17 for our weekend mustard sale!  In the meantime, enjoy 20 of our favorite tasty mustard recipes.

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