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California Fiesta Cheese Wreath



– Real California Hispanic-style Manchego cheese – Real California Queso Quesadilla cheese – Real California Panela cheese – Mini or crab apples – Spanish corn nuts (Quicos) – Dried Goji berries – Dried Chile mango cut into strips – Fresh bay leaves
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Using various sizes of round cookie cutters, cut cheeses into a variety of circle shapes. Arrange alternating with mini apples and bay leaves in round design. Fil in with corn nuts, Goji berries and mango.

Notes on building a California cheese wreath:

Cut your cheeses while they are cold /chilled for best outcome

For wedges, cut in to at least 10 pieces each - about 1/4 inches thick

For small wheels, cut in half (like a bagel) and then cut those in to 6 wedge pieces each (like a pizza)

Add interest by cutting cheeses with cookie cutters in various sizes (for example, small to media round shapes or stars)

Layer cheese and crackers or other ingredients around the perimeter of the plate, staggering the pieces slightly

Add fill in items like dried fruit and nuts

Garnish with larger dried fruit like dried citrus slices for color/texture and fresh herbs for color

Serve the wreath at room temperature for the most pleasurable sensory experience

Recipe and image by Jessica Lawrenz / @mongermoldandmilk