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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Marinated Apples - Castello Alps Selection Cheese Plate

Last weekend was the biggest game of the year for the CFL, the Grey Cup.  I'm not a big football fan, but my hubby is.  And of course, he really really really wanted to watch the Grey Cup live...and he likes to have his appies.  He's a typical hubby, likes his wings and beer, but I wanted to try some new things, and when the opportunity came up for us to try the new Castello Alps Selection cheeses, it seemed like the perfect pairing! 

I took a look at all the options for the Castella Alps varities - Hirten, Chiantino, Weissbier and Classic.  I read up on all of the descriptions, and decided that the Hirten was the one to try for Grey Cup Sunday.  It seemed like a good fit with the other "goodies" that were planned for the game (aka beer and wings)...something a little more refined, tastier, and goes well with the beer in beautiful stein that Castello Canada shared with us!

When I was at my local retailer picking up the cheese, I found in a Castello brochure a few recipes, and the one paired with the Hirten cheese caught my eye as one I should try especially since I like to try new recipes!  Here is their recipe:

Marinated Apples

1 red-skinned apple, cut into very thin wedges
3 tablespoons liquid honey
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons raisins
Cheese for the tray: Castello Alps Selection Hirten, cut into small pieces

Fold the apple wedges into the vinegar when cutting them out. Add honey and raisins and marinate the apples for approx. 15 minutes.

Remove apples and raisins from the marinade. Serve them with cheese wedges and crisp bread of your choice.

In addition to the Castello Alps Hirten, I also picked up some of the Dofino Roasted Garlic Havarti, which gave us a nice, balanced looking little tray.  The two cheeses are very different in flavour, which I really liked.  The havarti was good, but the Hirten was oh-so-good.  My husband and I really enjoyed it and even our 5 year old was devouring it!  This is one cheese that I would most certainly be adding to a cheese tray to serve to guests or to take to a pot-luck in the future!

You can find Castello Canada on the web and on follow them on Facebook! There are tonnes of great recipes to be found there, contests, and coupons!

Disclosure: I received compensation as a thank you for sharing my honest opinion of this product.

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