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Homemade Beer Cheese Soup with Chives and Bread

Cheddar Bacon Beer Soup

The temperatures are dropping lower by the day, so keep yourself warm with this creamy soup, filled with smooth and spicy flavors!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Farmstead Bacon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large jalapeno
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 bottle lager or pilsner
  • 2 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 pound Fair Oaks Farms Cheddar 1 Year Cheese
  • 4 ounces Fair Oaks Farms Smoked Gouda Cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic bread to serve

Instructions

  1. Cook the Farmstead Bacon until the fat is rendered and bacon is crisp. Remove bacon from pan, but use drippings to cook onion, jalapeno, garlic, and thyme, until soft. Add half the beef and cook until reduced by half, then the chicken broth until simmering.
  2. In a small skillet, melt butter. Add flour and cook over medium heat, stirring until lightly browned. Whisk roux into soup mixture until incorporated and simmering. Cook until thickened.
  3. Add heavy cream, Fair Oaks Farms cheeses, and remaining beer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy. Add bacon, stir, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more broth if the soup is too thick, bit by bit.
  4. Serve warm with garlic bread.
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New Year’s Eve Tips

If you’re hosting for the party of the year, we know you have a lot on your shoulders. So we’ve taken all the stress out of New Year’s Eve without New Year’s Feast – handpicked, delicious drinks, a yummy dinner, and breakfast for the morning after! Read on and get the party started!

 

Drinks
Keep it simple with your drinks — no one wants to spend all evening mixing and whipping up fancy cocktails! Buy the ingredients for some unique, simple beverages and let your guests work their magic.

Sherbet Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients

  • assorted sherbet
  • chilled champagne or sparkling wine

Instructions

  1. Chill glasses in the freezer for about 10 minutes or until very cold.
  2. Fill with chilled champagne or sparkling wine, then use a melon baller or small ice cream scoop to dole out about 2 or 3 scoops of sherbet for each glass.
  3. Serve cold.

Classic Moscow Mules

Ingredients

  • vodka
  • fresh lime juice
  • ginger beer
  • ice
  • lime wedges for serving
  • mint for serving

Instructions

  1. Use the classic Moscow Mule copper mugs. Fill halfway with ice, then one shot glass of vodka and a half-shot glass of lime juice. Fill rest of the way with ginger beer. Stir.
  2. Top with lime wedge and mint if desired
  3. Serve chilled.

 

Dinner
The evening is about the party, not necessarily about the meal! Encourage your guests to bring finger foods and snacks to keep people nourished throughout the night, while you whip up an easy pulled pork recipe in the crockpot if someone is looking for something more filling!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin (shoulder or butt could be used as well)
  • 1 can brown soda (root beer or Coca-Cola work best)
  • 1 bottle favorite barbecue sauce
  • hamburger buns for serving

Instructions

  1. Place pork in slow cooker and pour brown soda over it, then cook on low for 6 hours or until meat is tender enough to be shredded with a fork.
  2. Move pork to cutting board, drain soda. Shred pork with the fork then return to slow cooker. Pour barbecue sauce over shredded pork, stir.
  3. Keep pork on low while people graze and serve themselves.

 

Brunch
Again, the chances of you wanting to whip up a full breakfast or brunch the day after you’ve hosted a party is slim. Make this casserole ahead of time, chill in the refrigerator, then pop it in the oven in the morning!

Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 6 slices Farmstead Bacon
  • 2 pounds frozen hashbrowns
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 8 Farmstead Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms shredded Cheddar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook Farmstead Bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove bacon but reserve about 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute hashbrowns in dripping until defrosted and golden. Set aside.
  2. Beat eggs and Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk, stir in potatoes and chives. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place half the potato mixture in the bottom of a baking dish. Sprinkle with Fair Oaks Farms Cheese and crumble 3 slices of Farmstead Bacon on top. Continue to add layers until dish is full. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, cook for around 30 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.
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Christmas Morning Sliders

Christmas should be all about spending time with your family and friends, so don’t stress out and spend a bunch of time in the kitchen Christmas morning! Here’s a recipe for a pleasant and straightforward Christmas morning breakfast that you can prep and stick in the oven while you’re opening presents!

Ingredients

  • 1 package slider buns or Hawaiian bread buns
  • 8 Farmstead eggs
  • 1/4 cup Fair Oaks Farms 2% Milk
  • 2 tablespoon sliced chives
  • salt and pepper
  • 10 slices Farmstead Bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 4 cups shredded Farmstead Mild Cheddar
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice slider buns in half lengthwise so there’s a bottom and a top.
  2. Place bottom layer of slider buns in a baking dish, after lining it with cooking spray. Sprinkle 2 cups Farmstead Mild Cheddar on the bottom layer.
  3. Beat eggs with milk and chives, season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in skillet, scramble eggs to desired consistency.
  4. Place scrambled eggs on top of bottom slider buns and cheese, then top with Farmstead Bacon. Sprinkle remaining Farmstead Mild Cheddar on top, then place the top slider buns on top.
  5. Brush top of sliders with 2 tablespoons of softened butter and maple syrup. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and the slider tops are golden.
  6. Serve warm.
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Entertaining 101: Main Dishes

We’ve come to our last lesson for Entertaining 101, the main dishes. Below we’ve outlined four main dishes, three meat dishes and one vegetarian recipe, that will impress any group of guests. We’ve kept most of these recipes pretty simple, as we believe you’re now pros for hosting! Add your own distinctive marks with these dishes, using Fair Oaks Farms’ spices, cheeses, and sauces — all found on campus in our Cowfé.

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon

Ingredients

  • 1 8 to 10-ounce filet steak (make as many as you need by multiplying the rest of the ingredients by the number of guests you’re serving)
  • 1 piece Farmstead Bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper, and any other spices desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Season steak with salt, pepper, and any of Fair Oaks Farms’ spices sold at our Cowfé. Wrap the steak with the slice of Farmstead bacon and stick two toothpicks into either side to hold in place.
  2. Heat a skillet that is safe for the range and the oven, add butter and olive oil. Once the butter is melted, add the steak and sear on both sides until really nice color.
  3. Take the skillet from the range and place into oven until medium rare. This should take around 7 to 10 minutes, use a meat thermometer for precise cooking time.
  4. Let your steak rest for 5 minutes before serving; this ensures the juices will stay in the meat rather than on your plate!

 

Baked Eggplant Parmesan (Vegetarian)

Ingredients

  • 3 eggplants, sliced into 1/2 to 1/4 inch pieces
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 8 ounces breadcrumbs
  • 30 ounces marinara sauce
  • 16 ounces Farmstead Mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Farmstead Emmentaler, shredded
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 245 degrees. Season eggplant with salt, then place on paper towel lined plate to allow them to drain any excess liquid. Rinse with water, and rest on clean paper towels.
  2. Line baking dish with cooking oil. Bread eggplant slices with beaten eggs and breadcrumbs. Place on baking sheet in a single layer, then cook for about 10 minutes. Flip the slices over and cook for another 10 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are nicely browned.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  4. Pour 1 cup of marinara sauce into clean baking dish, then place breaded and baked eggplant in the sauce. Cover with more marinara, then slices of Farmstead Mozzarella, shredded Farmstead Emmentaler, and basil. Repeat until all slices are placed in baking dish and covered with the sauce, cheeses, and basil.
  5. Bake until it is warmed through and cheese on top is melted. Sprinkle with any remaining basil before serving.

 

Glazed Christmas Ham

Ingredients

  • 1 fully cooked whole ham, about 10 pounds (boneless or bone-in)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place ham on a roasting racket in a roasting pan and diagonally score. Cover with foil and bake until warmed throughout — 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  2. Make glaze near the end of cooking. In a saucepan over low heat, whisk together brown sugar, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and apple cider. Simmer until reduced by half, then brush on ham every 10 minutes during the last hour of cooking.
  3. Remove from oven and rest. Serve warm.

 

Roast Beef and Shallots Served with Horseradish Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons mixed peppercorns
  • 1 boneless rump or rib roast
  • 1 1/2 pound medium shallots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Crush the peppercorns in a plastic bag, using a rolling pin.
  2. Prepare beef and place it in a large roast pan. Season with the crush peppercorns and desired amount of salt, pressing the seasoning gently onto the meat, so they stick. Roast for 40 minutes.
  3. While the beef is in the oven, peel the shallots, cut in half, and place in large bowl. Toss with oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Scatter shallots around the roast and continue roasting to the desired doneness. Transfer to roast board and rest for about 15 minutes.
  5. Make horseradish sauce by combining sour cream, horseradish, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Fold in parsley.
  6. Slice beef and serve with shallots and horseradish sauce.
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Entertaining 101: Side Dishes

You may think they’re unnecessary or even a waste of time and money. Say what you will about side dishes, but they can carry a meal. Side dishes are important to entertaining as they provide guests with a variety of tastes that compliment the main dish. They can inspire, entertain, and introduce your guests to a new flavor. Below we’ve outlined a few side dishes to turn it up a notch, easy to pair with almost any main dish and sure to please the crowd.

Mashed Potato Souffle

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Farmstead Bacon
  • 2 pounds potatoes (any kind)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 8 Farmstead Eggs
  • 8 ounces Farmstead Emmentaler Cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, cook Farmstead Bacon until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard drippings.
  2. Boil your potatoes in a large pot with one tablespoon of salt, until potatoes are soft. Drain, then spread onto a baking sheet to dry. Either use a ricer or a fork to mash potatoes in a large bowl.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk half and half with Farmstead Egg yolks, add a teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Add Farmstead Bacon and all but 2 tablespoons of Farmstead Emmentaler. Pour over potatoes, then combine.
  4. Use the Farmstead Egg whites to beat into soft peaks, then fold into potato mixture.
  5. Pour into baking dish, add remaining Farmstead Emmentaler, then bake for around an hour. Serve warm.

 

Cheesy Corn Casserole

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 3 cups shredded Farmstead Havarti Habanero
  • 10 slices Farmstead Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped chives for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cream cheese, Fair Oaks Farms Whole Milk, heavy cream, flour, paprika, and garlic powder, until evenly combined.
  3. Fold in corn, 2 1/2 cups of Farmstead Havarti Habanero, and Farmstead Bacon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle remaining Farmstead Havarti Habanero on top to taste, then bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle chives on top and serve.

 

French Onion Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 8 ounces shredded Farmstead Lacy Swiss Cheese
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix, prepared according to package instructions for soup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange sliced bread on baking sheet and bake until bread is dry and crispy.
  2. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Use cooking spray to line baking dish.
  3. Place half of the sliced bread on baking dish, sprinkle with Farmstead Lacy Swiss then place the second slice on each bottom slice. Pour onion soup mix over bread, then sprinkle with more Farmstead Lacy Swiss.
  4. Bake around 30 minutes, or until soup has been absorbed and cheese is golden.

 

Cheesy Mushroom & Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Farmstead Butter, and more for lining baking dish
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 8 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded Farmstead Calico Cheese
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line casserole dish with Farmstead Butter.
  2. Over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons Farmstead Butter and flour to create a roux, until medium-beige in color. Add mushrooms, onions, garlic, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, heavy cream, stock, broccoli, 1 cup of Farmstead Calico, and rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour into baking dish, sprinkle remaining Farmstead Calico on top.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown. Serve warm.
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Make Memories at Holiday Farm Frenzy

Holiday cheer is infectious and can create lasting memories for generations. People can recall looking at Christmas light displays, doing family activities, and spend time together, for their entire lifetime. We appreciate that the holidays are so important to our visitors and community members, and that’s why we created Holiday Farm Frenzy four years ago.

This year’s Holiday Farm Frenzy is built on those same values: family, holiday cheer, and memory-making. On December 16th, we’ll transform our campus into a winter wonderland fit for anyone’s fantasies. Admission is free to the event, but most activities will take place in the Adventures. Luckily, the Whole Adventure is discounted for this special day for only $15 per person! This price includes the Dairy, Pig, and Crop Adventure, admission to the vendors, and a wristband to go indoor ice skating! The first 100 children to buy admission will also receive a Holiday Farm Frenzy Santa hat.

Indoor ice skating will be in the FeedBarn, along with Christmas crafts and light displays. There’s no need to bring your own skates, as they will be provided. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance from noon to 3 pm so make sure you have your Christmas lists ready! There will also be a Christmas wagon ride to take you to the FeedBarn and Crop Adventure so you don’t have to walk in the cold! We’ll be packing our Crop Building with vendors, selling a variety of handmade gifts, personalized items, florals, clothing, and cosmetics. The Uptones will join the party in the Crop Adventure IMAX theater for a special performance at 10 am.

If you were lucky enough to get a reservation for Breakfast with Santa, you’ll have bacon and eggs with the guest of honor from 9 am to 11 am. The first 100 kids that registered also receive a commemorative mason jar. If you do not already have a reservation for Breakfast with Santa, please be advised that they are SOLD OUT.

Fair Oaks Farms operates 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, December 16th, but Holiday Farm Frenzy does not begin until 10 am! The Cowfé will be operating with regular hours and service a special hot chocolate treat to guests! The Farmhouse Restaurant will also be open during regular hours, so stop by to get some warm soup or comfort food!

We hope you can all make it for Holiday Farm Frenzy, a truly unique opportunity to spend some time with your family and friends. For more information, please refer to our Facebook page.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Ingredients: Emmental (swiss) cheese.

Comfort for Lunch

From now until February the Fair Oaks Farms blog will bring you comfort food recipes to cure the winter blues. Watch this space to get weeknight dinner ideas that won’t break the bank or take up too much time! This food is sure to keep you warm and happy — and please the whole family! Today, we’re focusing on lunch. Ditch your cold salad or boring lunchmeat sandwich for these Ham & Cheese Turnovers. Simply bake ahead of time and microwave for a taste of comfort in your office. These turnovers can be frozen for up to 3 weeks!

Ham & Cheese Turnovers and Side Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound package refrigerated pizza dough
  • 8 ounces deli ham, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces Farmstead Lacy or Sweet Smoked Swiss, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cut into thin rings
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, torn into pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the pizza dough into a 14-inch circle and cut into 8 triangles.
  2. Lay a slice of ham, then a slice of Farmstead Swiss, and a few slices of onion on the bottom of each triangle and roll the dough up around the filling. It’s OK if some sticks out of the ends.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the rolls on top. Bake until golden and crisp.
  4. Combine the mustard and oil in a bowl and toss with the romaine as a small side salad.

All Farmstead Cheeses are sold online or at the Cowfé.

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Entertaining 101

The party is at your house this year, which means your family and friends are coming and bringing their picky eaters and grumbling stomachs along. Hosting can be a headache, so welcome to Entertaining 101 – a series on the Fair Oaks Farms’ blog for tips and tricks about hosting this holiday season. We’ll give you recipes for appetizers, side dishes, and main dishes, that will blow all of your guests out of the water. Today, we’re tackling appetizers. Below is a small round up of dishes that all include Fair Oaks Farms’ products.

Bacon-Tomato & Cheese Open-Faced Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 8 strips Farmstead Bacon
  • 4 slices thick sandwich bread
  • ¾ grated Farmstead Mild Cheddar
  • ¾ cup granted Farmstead Mozzarella
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 5 scallions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ small zucchini, thinly sliced or spiralized
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Core the tomatoes and thinly slice. Place in a colander and sprinkle with salt, then let drain for at least 15 minutes.
  2. While tomatoes are draining, cook the bacon until crisp and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate for draining. Pour off and reserve the drippings, leaving 1 tablespoon in the skillet.
  3. Grill your bread on one side in the drippings until golden. It helps to do this one or two slices at once, replenishing the dripping as you go. Place the bread, toasted side down, on a baking sheet.
  4. Stir together the cheese, mayonnaise, scallions, and parsley. Spread the mixture on the toasts, saving about 1/3 cup. Crumble the bacon on top of the mixture. Shake off any remaining liquid from the tomatoes, then distribute evenly with the zucchini on the toasts. Dot the open-faced sandwiches with the remaining cheese mixture and season with pepper.
  5. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.

 

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos Stuffed with Cheese

Ingredients

  • 12 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded Farmstead Havarti Pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12 slices Farmstead Bacon, cut in half
  • 24 toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a baking rack on top of the baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Cut the jalapeno peppers in half, lengthwise. Remove seeds and center. Set aside.
  3. Mix the cream cheese, Farmstead Havarti Pepper cheese, garlic, and paprika, together until combined. Add salt to taste. Spoon the mixture into the halved jalapenos equally.
  4. Wrap each stuffed jalapeno with half-slice of Farmstead Bacon, then stick a toothpick through the center to keep the bacon in place. Place wrapped peppers on the baking rack, bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Serve immediately.

 

Cheesy Garlic Herb Crack Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Sourdough bread
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
  • ¾ cup shredded Farmstead Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the melted butter, garlic, salt, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
  2. Use a serrated bread knife to cut the bread diagonally into 1-inch diamonds, being careful not to slice all the way through. Pry open each crack and stuff bread with butter mixture and shredded cheese.
  3. Wrap the entire loaf in foil. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, bake for 15, or until cheese is melted. Remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes or until crusty. Serve immediately.

 

Cheesy Caramelized Onion Dip

Ingredients

  • ½ pound Farmstead Bacon
  • 1 tablespoon Farmstead Butter
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 8-ounce cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded Farmstead Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Farmstead Mozzarella Cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • toasted baguette slices, for serving
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook Farmstead Bacon until crispy, drain, and set aside. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings.
  2. Melt butter in the same pan. Add sliced onions and cook until tender and golden.
  3. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Beat until light and fluffy, then season with salt and pepper. Crumble Farmstead Bacon, then fold into cream cheese mixture with Farmstead Cheeses and sliced onions.
  4. Transfer mixture to small baking dish and bake until bubbly.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve warm with bread for dipping.

 

Olive-Asiago Flatbread

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped green olives
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 grated garlic clove
  • 2 flatbreads
  • ½ cup shredded Farmstead Asiago
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine green olives, parsley, olive oil, and garlic. Season with pepper.
  2. Spread evenly onto each flatbread, top with Farmstead Asiago.
  3. Bake until crisp, approximately 12 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve.

 

Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian pork sausage
  • ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 8-ounce cream cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Farmstead Gouda cheese
  • 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 30 large mushrooms, stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic, over medium heat. Break up sausage into crumbles while cooking, until sausage is no longer pink and onion is soft. Drain.
  2. Combine sausage, onion, cream cheese, and Farmstead Asiago. Cook and stir until melted. Stir in bread crumbs, basil, and parsley.
  3. While fillings are cooking, place mushroom caps in the greased baking pan, stem side up. Brush with melted butter. Spoon fillings into mushroom caps.
  4. Bake, uncovered until mushrooms are tender.

 

Cheese & Bacon Micro Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 12 small Yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup shredded Farmstead Havarti Veggie
  • 4 slices Farmstead Bacon
  • 1 tablespoon chives, minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil potatoes, add salt, continue cooking until tender. Drain and cool.
  2. Slice a small piece from top and bottom of each potato. Transfer to a bowl to toss with oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place potatoes on baking sheet, then score each top. Top with equal amounts Farmstead Havarti Veggie and Farmstead Bacon. Bake until cheese melts.
  4. Sprinkles with chives and serve.

 

You can purchase all of our Farmstead Cheeses at our online shop and the Cowfé. Farmstead Bacon is sold at the Dairycatessan. If you cook up a mean appetizer with one of our Farmstead items, comment below!

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25 Days of Fair Oaks Farms Christmas!

It’s the moooooo-st wonderful time of the year! We love the holiday season – the decorations, the special times with loved ones, and most importantly, giving back! We put our heads together this holiday season and thought up the perfect gift for our visitors and fans.

This year, we’ll be giving away 4 VIP passes to our Whole Adventure! One lucky winner will win 4 tickets to check out our Whole Adventure – which includes the Dairy Adventure, Pig Adventure, Crop Adventure, Mooville*, and the Pig Adventure Ropes Course*! I bet you’re wondering how to enter…

Mooooove on over to our Facebook page, where each day leading up to Christmas Day we will post facts and behind-the-scenes info that you might not know. In each post, there will be a question, simply comment your answer on the post and you will be entered into the contest! At the end of December, we will enter all of your comments into a raffle and randomly select a winner. Each day presents a new opportunity to win, so the more days you comment, the more chances you have!

We will promote the contest on all of our social media channels, but only comments on our Facebook page will be counted, so make sure to like and follow so you can stay up-to-date!

If you have any questions about 25 Days of Fair Oaks Farms’ Christmas, please comment below.

*Mooville and Pig Adventure are not open year-round. Please visit our website for tentative schedules.

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The Art of the Grilled Cheese

The grilled cheese sandwich has been a staple in many kitchens since their creation in the 1920’s. Technically, the grilled cheese sandwich is ancient, but it didn’t grow popular in American kitchens until sliced bread and American cheese was readily-available in the twenties. We’ve come a long way since then, swapping out American cheese for different varieties that excite our taste buds, adding different fillings, and testing out different breads.

Toasted crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside hot grilled cheese sandwiches

A classic white bread and American cheese sandwich.

If you’ve ever visited Fair Oaks Farms, you’ve probably made time to stop by our Cowfé for our Almost Famous Grilled Cheese. We combine crisp ciabatta bread with your choice of Sweet Swiss, Mild Cheddar, or Havarti Pepper cheese, to make a melty gourmet grilled cheese of your dreams! You can even add ham, bacon, or turkey, to make it a more filling meal, or order a bowl of our French Onion Pot, Chili, or Soup of the Day!

It may not be convenient for you to come by our Cowfe every time you’re craving a perfect grilled cheese, though, so we’ve thought of a few tips and suggestions to get you what you need!

Cheeses

We offer over 20 different kinds of cheese at our Cowfé and on our online shop. That’s a lot of options, but not all of them make for a perfect grilled cheese. Below is a list, based on flavor profile, of our best cheeses for a grilled cheese.

Mild: Butterkase, Calico, Farmers, Havarti, Havarti Dill, Havarti Onion, Havarti Veggie, Lacy Swiss, Mild Cheddar, Mozzarella, Sweet Swiss

Spicy: Havarti Habanero, Havarti Pepper

Smoky: Smoked Gouda, Smoked Sweet Swiss

Sharp: Cheddar 1 through 10 Years

Fillings

It isn’t just about the cheese! Turn it up a notch and add some creativity to your sandwich. Add some sautéed mushrooms with your Smoked Sweet Swiss, then add a garlic aioli. Caramelize slices of onion to mingle with Smoked Gouda. Cook up some brown sugar bacon to sit between slices of melty Aged Cheddar. Try spreading or slicing up avocado to pair with Havarti Pepper. Use our Mozzarella with layers of pepperoni and marinara sauce for a pizza grilled cheese. Some restaurants have made popular crafty grilled cheeses, such as a sandwich filled with macaroni and cheese! The possibilities are endless, and who knows– you could be creating the next big thing!

Fancy, 3 cheese grilled cheese sandwich with scallions and very thick cut baguette bread sizzling in a frying pan with melted cheese spilling out of the sandwich and bubbling in the pan.

Multiple kinds of cheese, crumbled bacon, and a crispy sliced baguette, complete this grilled cheese.

Bread

Bread is almost just as important as what you put between it. There’s nothing wrong with the classic white or wheat bread, smothered with butter and grilled to perfection. There are other options though, options that could push your grilled cheese to the next level. Here at the Cowfé, we use ciabatta, an Italian white bread used to make paninis across the world. Don’t be afraid to branch out and search your local supermarket for freshly baked breads such as Sourdough, Multigrain, English Muffins, Pumpernickel, or Pullman Bread. Whatever bread you use, make sure you spread an even amount of butter or mayonnaise on the outside of each slice to make sure your sandwich grills nicely. Butter is the usual ingredient, but for some breads, you can create a crispier grill by using mayonnaise. If you want to get experimental, sprinkle some spices on the butter or mayo as well, such as garlic salt, garlic pepper, or red pepper chili flakes!

Freshly made cheese sandwich with five grain wheat bread on a rustic table

Melted cheddar cheese between thick multigrain bread.

So that’s it, the guide to the perfect grilled cheese! No matter what you create, whether it’s the classic white bread and American cheese, or an experimental sandwich stacked with fillings, you’re sure to create a masterpiece with Farmstead Cheese. You can order all of our cheeses from our online shop — or get a Gourmet Collection to try out a bunch of different recipes! Cheeses can also be purchased at the Cowfé, Dairycatessan, and select grocery stores.