Tater Tot Nachos aka THOTS
This is the only holiday appetizer recipe you need:
sweet dates stuffed with Montchevre truffle goat cheese and
cloaked in bacon, juicy with smoky, porky fat.
Not only will they overshadow all of the other Thanksgiving foods,
but they’ll also make everyone feel a little more grateful.
These tiny little sweet peppers look just like cherry tomatoes. You’ll find them in the pickle section of the grocery store, sold in jars and preserved in vinegar or oil. They’re adorable little peppers, with a petite frame, crisp texture, and beautiful bright red color. You can slice them up for sandwiches or toss them with pasta.
Or you can stuff them full of chive goat cheese, drown them in olive oil,
and pop them one by one.
Last week, I salivated over one of my new lovers, Emmentaler AOP. But I never told you how good this cheese is melted. This burly hunk is wonderful by itself or on a cheese board, don’t get me wrong. But add a rustic crunchy slice of grilled rye bread, whole grain mustard, and pickles to rip through that buttery beefcake, and you got an orgasm on a plate. A quickie, too.
When I studied abroad in Germany, my favorite breakfast was toasted rye bread with mustard and melted cheese. I ate this almost every day. I didn’t get sick of it either; I grew so fond of the rich, gooey cheese draped over dark, seed-flecked bread. I started to crave that breakfast. It gave me motivation to get up and jog, knowing there was a cheesy promise on the other side. I was also vegetarian at the time, and considering the general makeup of the German diet (meat), I had little choice but to lean hard on cheese.
Every time I make a cheesy toast, it brings me right back to my host mother’s little kitchen in her ancient house on the Rhein river.
Rye Tartine with Emmentaler OG
Gouda seems to be one of those familiar cheeses that almost everyone likes, and luckily you can get a decent one at a lot of different retailers. So far I’ve found two delicious and approachable Gouda cheeses available at Trader Joe’s. It’s basic cheese, but it will fit your daily needs, be they snacking or cooking.
If you find another intriguing Gouda at TJ’s, let me know about it in the comments below. I suggest avoiding any thing with added flavors. When shopping for budget cheese, it’s best to keep it as simple as possible.