Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tips For Using Cheese For Your St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up so you will want to start planning your party. Instead of making it all about beer or random foods you can dye green, consider letting cheese play a starring role in your upcoming celebration. Here are a just a few ways you can serve cheese at your St. Patrick’s Day party.
Serve Irish Cheeses
While Ireland isn’t known for having age-old cheese traditions like those in Italy or France, there are still multiple cheeses found in the area that you can serve at your St. Patrick’s Day party. If you do a bit of research and shop at specialty cheese retailers, you will be able to find some unique Irish cheeses that you and your guests may not have heard of. These include Ardrahan, Cahill’s Irish Porter Cheddar, Coolea, Crozier Blue, and Carrigaline.
Include A Cheese Platter
If you don’t want to splurge on Irish cheeses or simply can’t get a hold of them, you can still serve a cheese platter at your St. Patrick’s Day party. After all, not everything you serve has to fit the theme of the day. To put it in the Irish spirit, why not do some research and discover which cheeses pair best with the Irish drinks you plan on serving. Guinness, for example, goes great with cheddar cheese or pretty much anything. You can also pair any stout with Gouda or blue cheese, brown ale with cheddar, or a pilsner with Havarti.
Don’t be afraid to turn any cheese into a St. Patrick’s Day treat with some decorations or styling. While you may want to avoid trying to dye the cheese you serve green, you can serve it on a green platter or get creative. Why not cut your hard cheese into the shape of a four-leaf clover before serving it?
Make A Cheesecake
Cheesecake is a classic dessert and the perfect way to combine cheese with St. Patrick’s Day. Since you will want to play up the green theme, a mint cheesecake will be the ideal option as it is brightly colored and delicious.
Make Irish Cheese Soup
Another great idea to combine the Irish theme of the day with cheese is serving an Irish cheese soup. You can easily find a recipe online and many of the best ones will include an Irish farmhouse cheese, an Irish beer, and the normal ingredients for soup like half-and-half cream, flour, potatoes, stock, and a range of vegetables. 

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