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Autumn Cheese Wreath

Autumn Cheese WreathA festive, autumn-inspired appetizer tray of "cheese leaves" served with cranberry-orange relish.

Recipe Ingredients:

Plan to use at least three pounds of block-shaped cheese.
Fresh Cranberry Relish for accompaniment

Cooking Directions:

  1. Use a cheese slicer to make even slices (1/8 to 1/4-thick). Using a few seasoned cheeses, like Jalapeño Jack, will give the appearance of changing leaves.
  2. To make leaves of various sizes, use cheese-leaf cutters (available in cookware and hardware stores).
  3. In the center of a round cheese board, place a bowl of cranberry relish (available in most grocery stores).
  4. Place leaves in a ring around the bowl. Repeat layering with remaining leaves. Cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator until serving time.
  5. Use leftover cheese leaves for snacks, casseroles, pizzas and salads.

Makes 2 cups.

Cheese wreath created by Chef Gale Gand.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the American Dairy Association.