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Winter Berry Cheese Wreath



– Real California sharp white Cheddar – Real California Monterey Jack – Real California Brie round (young) – Yogurt covered pretzels – Candied ginger – Vanilla meringues – Crackers – Roasted and salted macadamia nuts – Rosemary and candied cranberries :Cheese
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Using various sizes of star cookie cutters, cut cheeses into a variety of star shapes. Arrange alternating with pretzels, ginger, meringues and crackers. Fill in with nuts. Tuck in sprigs of rosemary and candied cranberries.

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