Cheese Pairings + Recipes to Ring in the New Year



They say how you spend New Year’s Eve is how you’ll spend the rest of the coming year. We’re not entirely sure if that’s true, but just in case, we’ll be eating plenty of cheese as the ball drops.

We like to celebrate the New Year with cheese pairings and a spread that’s elegant with a bit of drama, mixing bright colors with dark and creating flavorful cheesy bites that are equally striking. Tieghan from Half Baked Harvest created this festive arrangement with dazzling appetizers, bold Wisconsin cheese selections, thoughtful accompaniments and, of course, plenty of bubbly.


Always invite a cheese ball to the party


We start with a trio of cheese balls. Because when it comes to cheese balls, why stop at one or two? This is a holiday after all.

Pomegranate Blue Cheese Ball: a creamy mixture of Wisconsin blue and cream cheese, complemented with walnuts and fresh sage, and rolled in pomegranate seeds.
Pineapple Toasted Coconut Cheese Ball: a sweet, salty and slightly tropical combination of Wisconsin feta and mascarpone, fresh pineapple and toasted coconut flakes.
Pistachio Feta Cheese Ball: Wisconsin feta and cream cheese are paired with basil, oregano and red chile flakes before being rolled in chopped pistachios.


Allow bacon to get fancy


Next up are these Sparkling Cheddar Bacon Twists. A sweet and savory play on traditional cheese straws, they get their signature sparkle from a dusting of sugar and cinnamon. You’ll get all the credit for this genius flavor combo.


Dress up your popcorn


Even popcorn gets dressed up for the occasion. If there’s a black tie version of this humble movie-time snack, here it is: Parmesan, Truffle Butter and Sage Popcorn. Start with air popped popcorn and toss it in butter infused with truffle oil and fresh sage. Top with a generous helping of Wisconsin parmesan.


Celebrate with cheese


Round out this elegant spread with Wisconsin cheese selections that are big on flavor: cheddar blue, creamy blue, smoked gouda, sharp cheddar and Merlot BellaVitano. Add colorful accompaniments like fresh figs, grapes, persimmons, pomegranates and prosciutto, as well as your favorite crackers, pretzels or toasted bread.

Looking for more seasonal pairings and recipes? Find them in Grate. Pair. Share., our online magazine about cooking and entertaining with Wisconsin cheese.