Who says cheese boards have to be fancy and formal? Or that you shouldn’t play with your food? Add a dose of fun with these playful cracker holiday topping combinations by MacKenzie Smith of Grilled Cheese Social. With a mix of savory and sweet – and using many ingredients you probably already have on hand, they’re make great holiday snacks or appetizers for kids of all ages.
Candy Cane Crush
Top a cracker with Wisconsin mascarpone and a generous sprinkle of crushed candy cane pieces.
Spread a layer of peanut butter on a cracker. Top with a dollop of your favorite jelly and a fresh Wisconsin cheese curd.
Candy Apple Camembert
Spread apple butter on a cracker and top with a slice of Wisconsin camembert and red hot candies.
Colby Jack Ham Twist
Place a square slice of Wisconsin Colby-jack on a cracker. Top with a sweet pickle slice and deli ham, rolled up and thinly sliced.
Mix 1 cup Wisconsin ricotta with 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Spread on cracker and cover with rainbow sprinkles.
Top a cracker with a slice of smoked gouda, a small square of dark chocolate and dried pineapple.
Spread Wisconsin mascarpone over a cracker and top with sliced banana, crushed salted peanuts and a drizzle of honey.
Spread chocolate hazelnut spread over a cracker and top with a piece of Wisconsin brie and sliced strawberry.
For more cheese pairings and serving ideas, check out the holiday issue of Grate. Pair. Share., our online magazine all about cooking and entertaining with Wisconsin cheese.