Need a quick, easy meal? You can prepare and make a pizza in your toaster oven in less than 15 minutes. I like to use Naan or a pocketless pita as the crust and brush the crust with olive oil. Then add the cheese(s) and other ingredients of your choice. Be creative and use what you have.
For the pizza photographed, I sliced Maplebrook Farm Mozzarella and a Roma tomato, then sprinkled with sea salt and ground pepper, and topped with Quince & Apple Fig and Black Tea Preserves. Cook in the toaster oven at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. After removing from the toaster oven, drizzle on some balsamic glaze. The mozzarella and fig and black tea preserves are available at Follow me Cheese.
Pair with wine and you have created a beautiful gourmet meal in minutes.
Having a party? Bringing a cheese plate to a party? How much cheese is the right amount? The general guideline is 1 - 2 ounces of each cheese per person. There are 16 ounces in a pound. Therefore, if you are having or going to an event and there will be 10 people and other hors d'oeuvres, a safe amount of cheese to have/bring is 10 x 1.5 oz. which roughly equals about a pound of each cheese. If the cheese will be post-dinner then about one ounce of each cheese per person should be plenty. If cheese is going to be the main course, then about 2 ounces of each cheese per person should be sufficient.
It never hurts to have leftovers. When you wrap up leftover cheese, wrap it in fresh cheese paper. Follow me Cheese carries Formaticum cheese bags which are great for wrapping leftovers. Wrapping cheese in plastic wrap can actually allow mold to grow, so it is important to use clean quality cheese paper or wax paper to wrap your leftover cheese.
Enjoy the party!
Danielle Deak worked in gourmet restaurants throughout high school and college. She is an attorney, published author, and connoisseur of wine and specialty and artisan cheese.