SOURCE: Jarlsberg

October 04, 2010 08:00 ET

Big Flavor for the Big Game

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - October 4, 2010) -  (Family Features) Looking for a way to kick up the flavor for your game-day party? Tailgating by the stadium or watching on a big screen, you can add great taste to the menu with a versatile cheese such as Jarlsberg.

Great for snacking, sandwiches and cooking, this popular cheese has a mellow, nutty flavor, a creamy, buttery texture and melts beautifully. You can find it in wedges, random-weight pieces and convenient slices.

Jarlsberg can be a tasty part of any tailgate experience -- try some of these ideas to score big with your guests:

  • Super Sliders: Mini beef, turkey or bison burgers topped with sliced Jarlsberg (or Jarlsberg Lite).
  • Deep Fried Cheese Sticks: Creamy goodness battered and fried; take their flavor up a notch with marinara or spicy barbecue sauce for dipping.
  • Ham & Cheese Calzones: Salty, smoky ham and gooey melted Jarlsberg all wrapped up in a munch-and-carry pastry.
  • Kickin' Kebabs: Skewer great taste by alternating cheese cubes with pickled vegetables and chunks of cured ham or smoked sausage.

This recipe for Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers is an easy way to bring some heat to the game -- they can be made ahead of time, then just popped onto the grill or under the broiler to be ready before the next time out.

Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers
Makes 16 appetizers

16   pickled jalapeño peppers, rinsed and drained
2   4-ounce logs fresh goat cheese
1   cup grated Jarlsberg cheese
1/2   cup grated Manchego cheese*
1/4   cup diced green onion (scallions)
    Dash of hot sauce
    Cilantro leaves
    Optional garnish: pickled mini hot red pepper

Using small sharp knife, cut slit down one side of each pepper. Leave stem intact and remove seeds and veins. In bowl, mash goat cheese with Jarlsberg, Manchego, onion and hot sauce. Divide among peppers, stuffing each generously. Refrigerate. (Recipe can be made ahead to this point.)

Arrange peppers in heavy aluminum foil packet. Grill 8 - 10 minutes until cheese begins to melt. Garnish with cilantro and, if desired, hot red peppers.

*If you can't find Manchego, use 1-1/2 cups Jarlsberg cheese.