I used Smucker’s Fruit and Honey Strawberry Fruit Spread, Carr’s Table Water Crackers, Sahale Snacks Valdosta Pecans Glazed Mix, and a lovely Mirassou Pinot Noir to create this cheese board that’s perfect for any holiday occasion. See the links in in the ingredients list for special Target discounts on these products!
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Apple and Pear slices
Fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries
Mirassou Pinot Noir
For the pimento cheese crackers:
Place the cheese, butter, paprika, salt, mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is smooth. Gradually add the flour in 3 additions, mixing on low speed, until a soft dough forms (it will look like sugar cookie dough).
Place the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a long log that is 11’’ in length and 1 ½’’ wide. Refrigerate the log for 4 hours until firm.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Remove the dough log from the fridge and slice into ?’’ thick rounds. You should have 30-40 crackers. Place them on the baking sheet ½ apart. Bake for a total of 18 minutes, rotating halfway through baking until they are light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.
For the pimento cheese:
Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir with a rubber spatula until well combined.
Lightly grease a baking dish or cast iron skillet with butter. Place the pimento cheese in the dish, cover, and refrigerate until ready to bake.
When ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the cheese for 20-30 minutes until brown and bubbly. Place on your cheese board and serve while hot.
For the cheese ball:
Place the cheeses, balsamic vinegar, and chopped cherries in a medium sized bowl. Use a hand-held mixer or stand mixer to mix on medium until all the ingredients are combined. Shape the mixture into a ball and roll the ball in the chopped nut mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to two days before serving.
Arrange the pimento cheese dip, cheese ball, pimento cheese crackers, Carr’s crackers, and a small dish of strawberry jam on a serving board or platter. Garnish with apple and pear slices, rosemary sprigs, and fresh cranberries. Serve with Mirassou Pinot Noir (I suggest chilling it for 30 minutes before serving).