I love cooking. It makes me happy and I could spend a whole day in the kitchen and have a blast. Sometimes the hardest part of cooking is deciding what recipes I want to make! If you’re in the same boat as me, here are some wonderful recipes with Tillamook Cheese that will get you inspired for the autumn cooking season.
Tillamook Smoked Cheddar Biscuits with Crisp Bacon & Apricots
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
5 tablespoons cold, Tillamook Unsalted Butter 5 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped/broken into bits
⅓ cup chopped dried apricots
¾ cup Tillamook Smoked Medium Cheddar Cheese, shredded and chilled
¾ cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425°.
In food processor or mixer, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and pepper. Add butter and pulse/mix until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Transfer flour mixture to a large bowl. Stir in bacon, apricots and smoked cheddar cheese until well combined. Add buttermilk and stir until mixture just forms a dough. Gather dough into a ball and on a lightly floured surface knead gently 8 times.
Roll or pat out dough to 1 inch thickness. Use a sharp, round cookie cutter to cut out biscuits from dough. Combine scraps and re-roll scraps and repeat process until you have used up the dough. Bake biscuits in middle of oven 15 minutes until tops are golden brown.
Makes 8-10 snack size portions
Tillamook Scalloped Potatoes
8 cups sliced potatoes (6-8 medium potatoes)
¼ cup Tillamook Salted Butter
¼ cup flour
2½ cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon pepper
1 cup Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese, shredded
½ cup Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 cup chopped onions
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 375°.
Thinly slice potatoes. Keep in cold water until sauce is ready. In a saucepan, melt butter, add onions and cook slightly. Stir in salt, pepper and flour. Blend until smooth. Blend in milk and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thick and smooth.
In a lightly greased 3 quart casserole layer in half the potatoes and top with half of the cheese, half of the parsley and half of the sauce. Repeat with the top layer.
Bake covered for 45-50 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are done.
Crab and Cheddar Bisque
3 tablespoons Tillamook Salted Butter
½ cup diced onions
⅓ cup diced carrots
⅓ cup diced celery
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 bay leaf
¼ cup flour
1- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup clam juice
3 cups chicken broth
½ – 7 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh chopped tarragon, divided
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
3 cups (12 ounces) Tillamook Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar
Dry sherry (optional)
9 ounces flaked crab meat
½ cup Tillamook Sour Cream
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onions, carrots, celery, garlic and bay leaf. Cook, stirring frequently until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, clam juice and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, discard bay leaf and stir in chopped peppers.
In a blender, puree the soup in small batches until smooth. Pour bisque through a fine mesh strainer into a medium saucepan. Bring soup to a simmer and stir in cream, 1 tablespoon tarragon, black pepper and Tabasco Sauce. Remove from heat. Add cheese and stir until melted.
Serve hot and garnish each bowl with a splash of sherry, a dollop of sour cream, crab meat and remaining tarragon.
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