It’s that time of year when the world falls in love.. with food! Aren’t we always looking for new, delicious recipes for wow our family & friends with during the holidays? I know I’m guilty of searching pinterest for new ideas, so as not to make the same things over and over. This year is no different. We don’t have any family nearby to spend holidays with, but we do entertain occasionally and I try to have different, tasty appetizer type foods for the early parts of the day on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. That way we can snack and not be full prior to eating a big holiday meal. This year is no different. When given the opportunity to work with Mezzetta again and use some of their fancy olives, it took me a bit to decide what I’d make. You see, our family aren’t big olive eaters. But, I know that other people love them and that they pack a whole lot of flavor. And so I’ve created this amazing Four Cheese Dip with Olives and Garlic. You will want to serve this, or save it and eat it all yourself.
3 cups Four Cheese Blend (shredded & fresh, make your own or buy at a local cheese shop)
4-5 Mezzetta Olives minced(choose your favorite from the wide variety Mezzetta offers)
1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 large Garlic Cloved (crushed)
1/2 tsp basil
Use for Dipping:
Fresh, Sliced Baguette
Pre-heat oven to 375. Mix cheese, seasonings, olives and garlic in an oven safe dish. Cover dish with foil and set on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven and let the cheese bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove the foil and let bake another 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and drain the excess oil. Stir cheese and serve alongside fresh sliced bread, apples, pears, peaches, etc.
This Four Cheese Dip also makes for a great dish to serve with any spread. Slice up fresh fruit, breads, pita chips, etc for dipping. Include a variety of olives, such as Mezzetta‘s Pimiento Stuffed, Bleu Cheese Stuffed, Garlic Stuffed, Pitted Kalamata and more. Quick and easy appetizer to serve at home or to take and share with friends and family.
Mezzetta is hosting The Holiday Memories Sweepstakes and invites you to enter for a chance to win some amazing prizes!
The Grand Prize Winner will receive an Instant Print Digital Camera plus an Ultimate Olive Lover’s Gift Basket including Mezzetta Olives, Olive Spoon, Cutting Board, Olive Bowl, Cocktail Napkins and Recipe Card.
And ten Runners Up will be awarded an Ultimate Olive Lover’s Gift Basket including Mezzetta Olives, Olive Spoon, Cutting Board, Olive Bowl, Cocktail Napkins and Recipe Card.
Click here to enter! Winners will be chosen at random on December 31, 2015, notified and receive prizes within 2 weeks.
What sort of appetizers will you be making this season?