We can always rely on DiBruno Bros. in Philadelphia for the best specialty foods—and creative ways to use them.

For Easter, they’ve used Easter egg cookie cutters (photo #2) to create an Easter cheese plate (photo #1).

The semi-hard cheese group includes young Asiago, Cheddar, Colby, Edam, Fontinella, Gouda, Manchego, Provolone (photo #1) and Queso Blanco, among others.

Semi-hard cheese is a classification of cheese based upon body. The terms semi-hard and hard refer mainly to moisture content, not to texture.

Because these cheeses contain less moisture than the soft and soft-ripened types, they hold their shape much better—good to cut with cookie cutters.

A cheese can start as semi-soft, then move to semi-hard via aging, which evaporates the moisture.
 
 
HOW TO MAKE CHEESE EASTER EGGS

1. PICK your cheeses. While DiBruno Bros. used only provolone, try at least two different colors: provolone and cheddar, for example.

2. PICK your toppings. You can use anything you have around, but here are some ideas. Use as much color as you can; e.g., green pimento olives instead of black olives, and sultanas (golden raisins) instead of dark purple raisins.

  • Balsamic glaze, for the dots and squiggles
  • Chili flakes
  • Chutney, honey, preserves, marmalade
  • Dried fruit: blueberries, cherries, cranberries, raisins
  • Figs, sliced into thin strips
  • Hot sauce
  • Mustard or mostarda
  • Olives, sliced
  • Pesto
  • Pimento, sliced into thin strips
  • Salt and spice blends
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    Plus:

  • Bread or crackers
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    You can also add colorful fruit to the plate: berries, dried apricots, orange/mandarin segments, red grapes, etc.

    3. CUT and decorate the cheese shapes.

    4. SERVE as a first course, with a salad course, or after the main course, before dessert.

     


    [1] Easter egg cheese plate, created by DiBruno Bros from provolone (photo © DiBruno Bros).


    [2] Easter egg cookie cutter set on Amazon (photo © Ann Clark Cookie Cutters).


    [3] The easy cheese platter: Surround rounds and wedges of cheese with Easter candy (photo © Murray’s Cheese).

     
    DON’T WANT EGG-SHAPED CHEESE?

    Put your favorite cheeses on a board and surround them with Easter candy (photo #3). This works best when cheese is served after the main course.

    Bite-size, foil-wrapped Easter eggs are best because chocolate is a good pairing with cheese.
     
     
    > CHECK OUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHEESE IN OUR CHEESE GLOSSARY <

      


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