Paired Perfect: Wisconsin Cheese and Cranberries
Wisconsin is world-renowned for producing high-quality artisan cheese and dairy products. But, did you know that America’s Dairyland also produces more cranberries than any other state? This tangy and tart berry balances savory cheeses, like Wisconsin Brie and Cheddar, or enhances sweeter, fresh cheeses such as Wisconsin Ricotta and Mascarpone. Here are four fresh recipes to test this cranberry season:
- Brighten up your appetizer selections with Ricotta Flatbread and Cranberry-Pomegranate Salsa. Dried cranberries and fresh pomegranate atop creamy Wisconsin Ricotta provide a pop of color and sweetness for a seasonal treat.
- Go formal with your hamburger with these Wisconsin Brie and Cranberry Burgers; a juicy beef patty gets a topping updgrade with the addition of creamy Wisconsin Brie, scallions and dried cranberries. And for an extra kick, mix in some horseradish with Dijon mustard.
- For a savory meal that is as appealing to the eye as to the palate, try this Cranberry and Walnut Cheddar-Stuffed Pork Loin. The walnuts and Wisconsin White Cheddar add an earthy flavor that balances the tartness of the cranberries.
- And for dessert, these berries really shine in a Cranberry Chocolate Mascarpone Tart. Creamy Wisconsin Mascarpone, chocolate wafers and cocoa complement the sweet topping, made with fresh ruby-red berries. Serve your guests slices paired with a sparkling Moscato for a lovely finish.