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Cocktail Recipes Using Wozz Infused Vinegar Shrubs

Cocktail Recipes Using Wozz Infused Vinegar Shrubs

What is a Cocktail Vinegar or Shrub?

Adding flavored vinegar or what some call shrubs or tonics to cocktails is not a new trend, in fact, "shrubs" which by definition is "a beverage made by adding acidulated fruit juice to water" have been around since the pre-refrigeration days of the colonial era.  Fruit was preserved in vinegar and mixed with sugar or honey, essentially creating a juice or cordial that could be used to mix in water or alcohol for a simple drink or cocktail.  

Whole Fruits and Aromatic Spices Infused in Non GMO Apple Cider Vinegar For A Healthy Alternative To Traditional Simple Syrup Commonly Used in Cocktails

We started making our finishing vinegars back in 2010 and we follow the same process, we slow infuse fresh whole fruit ingredients in apple cider vinegar, add a bit of sweetness to extract the natural juices from the fruit, add herbs and aromatic spices and then we patiently wait and allow all the flavors to combine before we bottle.  It's a labor of love but the process is worth it.  The resulting vinegars have a slightly thicker consistency, rich natural fresh flavor, vibrant color and just enough sweetness to balance the acidity.   A common addition to many cocktail recipes is to add a simple syrup that you make at home, basically equal parts sugar and water dissolved on the stovetop with added herbs, fruits, vegetables added for whatever flavor you desire.  Our infused vinegars take this step out for you plus we use healthy apple cider vinegar and a medley of antioxidant rich spices in our vinegar shrubs so theirs more involved than just a simple syrup.  Just to note as well, we use all fresh fruits and vegetables in our vinegars, no concentrates and no purees.  So in example in our Lemon Thyme Vinegar Cocktail Mixer, we hand cut all fresh lemons and infuse bunches of fresh fragrant thyme with cider vinegar making it a bright lemony delicious addition to your cocktails. 

Our vinegars are not only served as a tonic for cocktails and seltzer but can be used as a healthy salad dressing for your everyday lunch greens or roasted vegetables but in this blog post we are going to focus on our favorite cocktail recipes using our fruit infused vinegars.  

A Basic Guide To Constructing A Cocktail Using Shrubs

1 -2 ounces of your choice liquor (Gin, Bourbon, Tequila, Vodka)
1-2 ounces of your choice shrub
Top up glass with desired amount of seltzer water.  I like to use no calorie flavored seltzers (lime, lemon, cranberry, strawberry, etc.) 

Garnish with fresh lime. lemon or orange slices or whatever fruit depending on your cocktail
Garnish with fresh sprigs of herbs if desired (thyme sprig, mint leaves, etc)

Serve in low ball glass with ice, stirred. 

{This is a basic shrub cocktail recipe, you can certainly add ingredients such as aromatic bitters, orange juice, ginger beer, ginger ale, champagne, grenadine, etc to your recipes ~ it all just depends on what type of cocktail you are making}


Okay now let's get to the good stuff.

Our Favorite Cocktails Using Wozz! Fruit Infused Vinegar Shrubs

1.  Lemon Thyme Margaritas featuring our Lemon Thyme Vinegar Cocktail Mixer Shrub Recipe

Fresh hand cut lemons and bouquets of fragrant fresh thyme with cider vinegar is how me make this delicious super lemony and fragrant shrub.  It is one of my favorite picks of our vinegar shrubs and can be mixed with Gin, Vodka, Tequila, or Bourbon.  This is definitely my go-to at home cocktail mixer.

 2. Strawberry Rhubarb Mojitos Featuring Spiced Strawberry Rhubarb Vinegar Cocktail Shrub Mixer.

I describe this Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub as "the taste of summer".  Its like strawberry rhubarb pie, intensely strawberry yet a little tart from rhubarb with warm aromatic spices.  It's just so good and it's amaaazing in these mojitos.  I love the combination of strawberries and fresh mint.  This is a summer's day porch cocktail.

 3. Pear Ginger Dark and Stormy Featuring our Spiced Pear Ginger Vinegar Cocktail Shrub

Who doesn't love a good dark and stormy?  Our Spiced Pear Ginger Vinegar Shrub is made with fresh cut pears, peppery ginger root and aromatic spices including star anise and bay leaf.  Mix this with rum, ginger beer and fresh lime.

4.  Grapefruit Tequila Paloma featuring Wozz! Grapefruit Juniper and Honey Shrub. 

Grapefruit Juniper and Honey is another favorite shrub of mine for cocktails. We use ruby red Texas grapefruit in this shrub and the citrus is so refreshing, the juniper and honey along with a touch of bitter from the grapefruit give a nice depth and complexity to this shrub making it a good all rounder for most alcohols from Gin to Bourbon. 

5.  Cranberry Orange Bourbon Cocktail Featuring our Cranberry Saffron Vinegar Shrub Cocktail Mixer

A festive fall and holiday cocktail using Wozz! Cranberry Saffron Vinegar Shrub.  Cranberries infused with fresh orange, warm winter spices, cider vinegar and velvety saffron.  

There you have it, 5 of our favorite cocktails made using our handcrafted slow infused vinegar shrubs.  

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How To Create A Dessert Cheese Board

How To Create A Dessert Cheese Board

Whether you are entertaining friends and family or cozing up by the fireplace on a cold winters night, a dessert cheese board is a wonderful way to end an evening.  Pairing cheese with slightly sweeter accompaniments and pairing with dessert wines, ports and stouts can be a nice change from the classic dessert menu.  We've created a simple yet sophisticated dessert cheese plate to put together that makes a delicious spread for any occasion, whether it's a summer night picnic or holiday gathering.   Choosing the cheese selection and accompaniments doesn't have to be complicated or an over thought process, but it should be a selection of complimentary pairings so it's not confusing to the palate.

Which Cheese To Choose For A Dessert Cheese Board

Some of our favorite varieties of cheese for a dessert inspired cheese plate are as follows:

1. Nutty Hard Chees such as Manchego, Aged Gouda and Aged Cheddar.  They are slightly sweet and nutty with a slight caramel flavor which pairs wonderfully with dried or fresh fruits, nuts and sweeter crackers such as oat biscuits and are a lovely match for caramel sauce including our Rum Toddy Toffee Dessert Sauce.  

2. Soft Ripened Bloomy Rind Cheese - These are your classic brie and camembert cheese varieties.  They are baked and gooey with a mushroomy rich buttery flavor and pair well with full forward fruit jams such as our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Compote or Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote.  They also pair well with candied walnuts, pecans, honey and fresh fruits.  Look for a triple cream brie variety for extra creamy decadence and pair with champagne and strawberries.

3.  Blue Cheese - Creamy blue cheese that is a bit more salty and pungent can be a nice contrast to a sweeter pairing, such as caramel or fruit jam on a dessert cheese board.  It's like the ying to the yang for your palate.  Pair blue cheese with a savory sweet biscuit such as Effies Rye Cakes or Effies Cocoa Cakes and top with with our Rum Toddy Toffee Caramel Sauce or our Sour Cherry Compote for a sophisticated sweet and savory delight.  Blue cheese pairs well with dried apricots, dark chocolate and walnuts.  A delicious blue brie blend cheese, named Cambozola (the blue label) is a nice choice for a dessert cheese board because it's a cross between a brie and a mild blue cheese with an uber creamy texture.

4. Goats Cheese -  Creamy fresh chevre and aged goats cheese are a wonderful addition to a dessert cheese board.  You can dress up goats cheese with a variety of topping from crushed marcona almonds and honey to cranberry chutney or fig spread.  There are many options in the cheese section of your grocery store to purchase goats cheese that already has fruit in it.  I like to pair goats cheese with fruit and nut crisp crackers and a drizzle of honey or side of fruit jams or chutney to give a little sweetness to the tangy goats cheese.  One of my favorite pairings is our Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote with Vermont Creamery's Coupole Aged Goats Cheese.  Serve with a glass of sweet Riesling for an after dinner dessert treat.

Accompaniments For A Dessert Cheese Board

When creating a dessert style cheese board it's nice to have the addition of some sweeter accompaniments such as dried fruit, honey, caramel, candied nuts, fruit jams and spreads and sweeter style crackers, however it's also important to have a contrast of fresh light ingredients which include fresh fruit and plain crackers.  You don't want the pairings sickly sweet or overly indulgent especially if you are pairing with dessert wines or rich ports. These are our favorite accompaniments:

1. Crackers and Biscuits:  I like to have a variety of crackers from sweeter varieties to more salty savory and plain varieties.  Sometimes if you have a pungent blue cheese, you may want the contrast of a sweet cracker but if you are having a richer buttery style cheese such as brie with honey and walnuts, you may want to serve that on a plain cracker or piece of crusty bread to offset the richness.  So have a selection of crackers to choose from.  For our dessert style cheese board, we used rosemary sea salt water crackers for the more savory option, Jan's fruit and nut cranberry pistachio crisps for the sweet and savory option and Effies Rye Cakes and Cocoa Cakes for the lightly sweeter option.

2. Dried Fruits and Fresh Fruits:  I like to use dried fruits such as apricots and dates and fresh fruits such as strawberries, fresh pear slices, grapes or fresh green apple slices.  The fresh fruits act as a palate cleanser and add a little acidity to the plate. Fresh fruits such as grapes are a classic pairing for any cheese plate.

3. Nuts:  You can serve walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds or macadamia nuts with your cheese.  Lightly toasting them will bring out their flavor or you can candy them for a more special occasion.  I like to add candied rosemary walnuts or pecans to a holiday dessert cheese board.  If you are choosing a baked brie or camembert wheel to include on your board you can top this with toasted nuts, fruit spreads, honey and a pinch of fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme.

Pictured Below:  Baked Brie with Wozz! Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Compote, Pecans and Fresh Thyme

4. Fruit Spread, Compotes and Jams:  I like to have at least 1 fruit spread or compote on my dessert cheese plate and my favorite go-to's are our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote and Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote (with balsamic and rosemary).  I think these both pair well with a variety of cheese, especially your brie, blue and goats cheese varieties.  These fruit compotes also have a little savory addition to them making them not sickly sweet like a straight up jam and more complimentary to cheese. Other good options include apricot jam or fig spread.  Our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Compote which I used in the dessert board featured in this post pairs well with dark chocolate, Effies Cocoa Cakes, Walnuts and Blue Cheese and it's a classic accompaniment to a baked brie.

Pictured Below:  Irish Crozier salty creamy blue cheese paired with Wozz! Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote on Effie's Cocoa Cakes.  A Delicious Dessert Cheese Pairing.

5. Caramel Sauce, Dark Chocolate and Maple Syrup

These are the rich decadent additions that make your dessert cheese plate, just that...Dessert.  I love our Rum Toddy Toffee Caramel Sauce lightly drizzled over a creamy salty blue cheese such as Croziers Irish Blue on rye cakes or lightly drizzled over aged gouda and served with fresh strawberries.   Dark chocolate is a complimentary pairing with aged gouda, aged cheddar and blue cheese.  Maple syrup can be drizzled over aged cheddar and served with fresh fruit such as sliced green apple. 

Pictured Below: Blue Cheese and Wozz! Rum Toddy Toffee Dessert Sauce.  A Dessert Cheese Board Pairing

6.  Wine, Port, Stouts and Champagne

Depending on which cheese and accompaniments you choose depends on what wine or spirits will pair the best.  Champagne, prosecco and sparkling wines go well with your more buttery rich creamy cheeses such as brie and camembert, serving as palate refreshers.  Rich ports and dessert wines pair well with blue cheese such as stilton and Roquefort, cutting through the salty more pungent flavors.  Sweeter white wines such as Riesling pair well with tangy goats cheese and blue cheese such as gorgonzola.  A heavy stout pairs well with a salty blue cheese and a brown porter pairs well with aged gouda.

Wozz! Dessert Inspired Cheese Board Recipe

Ingredients:

Cheese Selection:  Triple Cream Brie (bake to soften prior to serving), Aged Gouda (sliced) and salty creamy Blue Cheese (Irish Crozier Blue Cheese is what I chose)

Cracker Selection:  Jan's Farmhouse Fruit Nut Crisps, Rosemary Sea Salt Water Crackers, Effie's Rye Cakes, Effie's Cocoa Cakes

Fruit Spread:  Wozz! Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Compote

Dessert Caramel Sauce:  Wozz! Rum Toddy Toffee Dessert Sauce

Fresh Fruit:  Strawberries

Dried Fruit:  Apricots

Nuts:  Toasted Walnuts

Dark Chocolate

This dessert cheese board is simple to put together and the flavors compliment each other nicely.  The salty creamy Irish crozier blue cheese pairs with both the Rum Toddy Toffee Sauce and the Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote.  The blue cheese also pairs with the apricots, chocolate, crackers and walnuts.  The fresh strawberries pair with the brie, the rum toddy caramel sauce and the gouda.  The sour cherry spread is delicious served on the cocoa cakes (think chocolate and cherries) and the cherry spread is a perfect accompaniment to the brie.  For a lighter less sweet pairing, the blue cheese can be served on the rosemary sea salt crackers with walnuts or the aged gouda can be paired with the dried apricots.  So when planning your dessert cheese board, think of the plate as a whole, how each ingredient can be paired with each other.  

Wozz! Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote

 

Wozz! Rum Toddy Toffee Dessert Sauce

Quick Tips For Preparing Your Dessert Cheese Board

Pick 3 cheeses and serve at room temperature with separate serving ware

Include fresh fruits (such as sliced fresh pears or grapes) as a palate cleanser and to offset the sweeter flavors of your dessert cheese board

Pick complimentary flavors

Offer an assortment of crackers and breads so your guests can choose if they want a sweeter or more lighter plain pairing.  

Enjoy!  

 

 

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Condiment, Spreads, Jams, Sauces Gift Set | Holiday Foodie Gifts | Wozz Kitchen Creations

Holiday Gift Guide: Our Top Sauce Gifts + Condiment Gifts + Savory Spreads + Jam Gift Sets For Holiday Gift Giving

If you are looking for that perfect foodie holiday gift for those who love to cook and entertain, something that is special, original, unique and thoughtful, than look no further. Our curated collections of handmade artisan cooking sauces, jam spreads and condiment gift sets are created with artful attention to detail, fresh non gmo ingredients and are sent in beautiful packaging with recipe cards and a personalized note from you.  Our gourmet spreads, condiments and globally influenced sauces are multi award winning, receiving over 10 prestigious NYC Fancy Food Show sofi™ awards and their versatility is endless.  From cheese and charcuterie boards to cooking up international global cuisine, our condiment and sauce gift sets are delicious one of a kind gifts that make cooking and entertaining easy and most importantly - fun.

1. For The Cheese Lover - Wozz! Cheese Pairing Spreads and Jams Gourmet Gift Box

A collection of our favorite fruit spreads and savory jams designed for all your cheese and charcuterie pairings.  From blue cheese to goats cheese to brie these spreads and savory jams will make your cheese plate shine.  

Pictured Below:  Creamy Gorgonzola Crostini with Wozz! Balsamic Fig Spread

2. Wozz! Cooking Sauces Gift Set - For Those Who Love To Cook and Get Creative in The Kitchen

Our Cooking Sauces Gift Set includes a range of rich and savory sauces made with fresh ingredients and slow cooked custom blended spices. This gift set is designed for those who love to explore in the kitchen and create delicious meals with global influence. From Cambodian Noodles to Moroccan Tomato Chicken To Salsa Verde Enchiladas, these sauces will make spectacular dishes. 

3. Hot Sauce Lovers Gift Set - A Hot Sauces Set For Those Who Love Both Heat + Serious Flavor 

Our Hot Sauce Gift Set is a collection of our small batch handmade hot sauces made with fresh chilis straight from the farm balanced with fresh lemon and lime juices, fresh herbs and vinegar.  These hot sauces range from sweet with medium heat to savory and straight up hot, so they are versatile - use these on eggs and pizza, in stir-frys, on sandwiches, with cream cheese and crackers - wherever you want some extra heat.

Pictured Below:  Pork Carnitas Tacos with Wozz! Serrano Cilantro Lime Hot Sauce

4. Jams For Cheese and Charcuterie Trio - A Simple Yet Elegant Hostess Gift

Looking to bring a simple yet elegant hostess gift to a party?  Wozz! Jams For Cheese and Charcuterie Trio is a good bet.  It's 3 of our best selling gourmet spreads and jams designed for easy entertaining.  From our award winning Balsamic Fig Spread to our best selling Triple Ale Onion Jam, these jams make a wonderful addition to cheese plates, appetizers and charcuterie pairings.  

Pictured Below:  Baked Brie Cheese with Wozz! Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote

5. Around The World Sauces Gift Set - For Those Who Love Global Cuisine and Around The World Adventure

Influenced from our travels around the world and Wozz's near decade as a private yacht chef, these full flavored global cooking sauces and rich savory simmer sauces are slow cooked and authentically made with fresh ingredients and bold custom blended spice mixes.  This is a wonderful gift for those who have been exploring in the kitchen and making all their favorite international dishes at home (especially since the pandemic hit). From Vietnamese Crispy Pork and Noodles to Chermoula Lamb Tagine to Jamaican Jerk Pineapple Blackened Fish Tacos, these sauces will not disappoint.  

Pictured Below:  Moroccan Tomato Chicken over Saffron Rice made with Wozz! Moroccan Tomato Onion Relish and Simmer Sauce

6.  Jams and Spreads For Holiday Entertaining Gift Set - For Those Who Love To Entertain At Christmas and The Holidays

Want to sit by the fire with your friends and make rum toddy cocktails or how about setting up your holiday table with an assortment of cheese and jam pairings or maybe you want to serve your Thanksgiving turkey with some cranberry orange chutney on the side.  This set of savory jams, spreads, chutneys and dessert sauces are classic accompaniment to the holiday table and make wonderful appetizers, cheese plates and holiday dishes for everyone to enjoy.

Pictured Below:  Open Faced Turkey Sandwich with Wozz! Cranberry Orange Cognac Chutney

7. Award Winners Sauces and Condiments Gift Set - For Those Who Want The Best of The Best

Each one of these sauces in our Award Winner Condiments and Sauces Gift Set is the winner of a prestigious food award, whether it be the NYC Fancy Food Show, Royal Sydney Fine Food Awards or the San Francisco based Good Food Awards, these sauces and condiments are a curated collection of our shining stars and they are totally vetted as some of the best of the best sauces in the industry.

8.  Asian Sauces Gift Set - Cooking Sauces For The Asian Food Lover

With the pandemic here, so many of us want to cook our favorite take-out dishes at home.  Wozz! Asian Cooking Sauces Gift Set is a delicious set of authentic Asian sauces that makes cooking all your favorite noodle and stir fry dishes at home so easy.  Create a classic Chinese Chicken Chop Suey with our Ginger Soy Sauce, a Shrimp Lo Mein Noodle Dish with our Sweet Chili Orange Sesame Sauce, Pad Thai with our Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce or drizzle your grilled steak with our Japanese Sesame Miso Dressing for a hibachi style Japanese dinner.  

Pictured Below:  Pad Thai Noodles with Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce 

9. The Ultimate Dips and Spreads Gift - For The Hostess or Foodie Who Likes To Entertain with Savory Appetizers and Dips

Wozz! Ultimate Dips and Spreads Gift is a collection of our favorite dips and spreads that range from savory to sweet that can be used in a number of appetizers from hummus boards to guacamole and tortilla chips to simple cheese and meat platters.  Serve our Bruschetta Caponata on your next antipasto platter, serve our Southern Style Rustic Mustard on some ham and cheese sliders, mix our Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde with avocado and tomato for a knock your socks off guacamole!   

Pictured Below:  Simple Cheese, Cracker and Charcuterie Pairings with Wozz! Southern Style Rustic Mustard

There you have it, our top picks for our condiment, jam and sauce gift sets that are not only unique and well crafted but delicious.  Each of our gift sets arrive in beautiful eco-friendly packaging with recipe cards and a personalized message from you. 

Happy Holidays To You All!  Stay Safe and Thanks For Supporting Small Business! :)

Check Out The Entire Wozz! Collection of Condiment, Jam and Sauce Gifts Here

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5 Fresh Alternative Summer Pizza Recipes That Will Make You Swoon

5 Fresh Alternative Summer Pizza Recipes That Will Make You Swoon

We've created some delicious summer pizza recipes using our scratch made spreads and condiments as base sauces and have dressed them up with fresh produce straight from the backyard garden and local farm stand. 

What's great about summer pizza is that you can get all those healthy salad ingredients, your greens, fresh herbs, fresh tomatoes, peppers, squash, onions all piled high on your delicious crispy flatbread pizza and our sauces and condiments make awesome unique bases for a variety of alternative pizzas.  You can also add any leftover grilled meats like chicken or lamb to your pizza and can cook it right outside on the grill which is ideal when entertaining with friends or family on these beautiful mild summer evenings.  Serve up your gourmet summer pizzas with some cold craft brews or cocktails and you've got a perfect night out on the deck.

Here are 5 Fresh Alternative Summer Pizza Recipes That'll Make You Swoon!

1. Balsamic Fig Tomato Basil Caprese Pizza Featuring Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread

Our Balsamic Fig Spread on fresh dough with farm stand vine ripened tomatoes, mozzarella, burrata cheese and fresh basil from the garden.  This one is summer pizza at it's finest. It's so good and so fresh.  Recipe: Balsamic Fig Tomato Caprese Pizza



2. Triple Ale Onion Steak Bomb Pizza with Smoked Cheddar Featuring Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Spread

Serve this steak bomb pizza with some cold beers on a hot summers night.  Fresh dough is slathered with our Triple Ale Onion Spread and topped with shaved steak, green peppers, onions, smoked cheddar, mozzarella and fresh mesclun and mustard greens from the garden. Finish it with a drizzle of sour cream and some hot sauce.  Recipe: Triple Ale Onion Steak Bomb Pizza

 

3.  Moroccan Tomato Lamb Pizza with Feta Yogurt Sauce and Mint Featuring Wozz! Moroccan Tomato Onion Relish

For this summer pizza we used leftover grilled lamb chops, sliced up the lamb and placed it on a pizza dough base with our Moroccan Tomato Onion Relish and mozzarella, baked it off and then topped it with a feta yogurt sauce and fresh mint from the garden.  Recipe: Moroccan Tomato Lamb Pizza with Feta and Mint

 

4. Pickled Beet Pizza with Goats Cheese, Burrata, Arugula and Walnuts Featuring Wozz! Indian Spiced Pickled Beet Relish

Our Indian Spiced Pickled Beet Relish is used as an alternative pizza sauce for this recipe, baked until crisp and bubbly with goats cheese and mozzarella and finished with fresh arugula, torn burrata cheese, roasted walnuts and fresh thyme.  Recipe: Pickled Beet Summer Pizza with Goats Cheese, Burrata, Arugula and Walnuts

 

5. Grilled Peach and Balsamic Fig Pizza with Bacon, Basil and Brie Featuring Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread

This flatbread pizza during the height of summer is just bursting with flavor.  I love the combination of grilled ripe peaches and basil, then you add some Wozz! Balsamic Fig Spread, bacon and brie in the mix and me oh my...  Recipe: Grilled Peach and Balsamic Fig Pizza with Bacon Basil and Brie

 



Want to get creative and make your own pizza magic?  Here we have a set of 4 of our favorite Wozz! appetizer spreads for making delicious pizzas and flatbreads at home.

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Best Fruit Spread Pairings For Blue Cheese

Best Fruit Spread Pairings For Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese 

Not everyone's favorite but but after an aged Gouda, certainly mine. With its bold, sharp, and tangy flavor with grassy notes and hints of mushroom, an array of textures and in mouth feels from buttery to crumbly. This is a style of cheese that just keeps on giving. This cheese may be an acquired taste for a discriminating palate, but you don’t need to start with a bold Roquefort or Stilton. There are a wonderful array of milder blues, that with their buttery textures can ease you into the wonderful nuances and layers that come with exploring this style of cheese. My love affair with blue cheeses has not waned in spite of a newly discovered allergy to penicillin.
Often our first experience is with blue cheese is with a notorious bold Picante Gorgonzola or Roquefort. A punch to the senses for the uninitiated and often results in a once bitten twice shy stance to blue cheese. If this is you, I beg of you to retrace your steps and begin with some of these milder blue cheese varieties and ease yourself from mildest to bold of my favorite blue cheese suggestions and pairings. 
Pairing Blue Cheese with Fruit Spreads 

Traditional pairings for blue cheese include fresh fig, pear and apple slices, dried fruits, walnuts, chutneys, some jams, honey, truffle, chocolate, sherry, ports, stouts and of course wine…. Lots and lots of wine :)

With pairing for any cheese I always recommend try the cheese first, what does it taste like. Is it sour, musty like a goat cheese. Is it a bit sweeter with a mushroom feel like brie or bold heavy nutty tones like an aged Gouda or Alpine cheddar? Or in the case of blue cheese the bold acidity of the mold that gives a blue its distinctive flavor. Is it bold? Does it leave a slight burn in the mouthfeel? Is the cheese sweet, creamy or more tangy and bright? Once you have a feel for your cheese as it stands on its own, ask yourself, what is it you want from a pairing. Is it to be a palate cleanser for the next bite? Do you want to cut the acidity of a bold cheese or are you looking for a flavor combination the brings out or highlights different flavors and aspects of cheese that you didn’t notice before. Basically you are either pairing cheese with similar flavors to compliment a cheese or are looking for opposite flavors to contrast the cheese. The same when choosing a wine. What's great about bolder blue cheese and pairings is because of the strong nature and acidity of blue cheese, it allows for sweeter pairings that I would normally never recommend for cheese like overly sweet jams. Not only are some jams too sweet for almost every cheese imaginable, but the very nature of a jam is a reduction of fruit that simply is too heavy, smothering the cheese thus hiding its natural characteristics. You still want a little acidity which is why we pair with our chutneys, savory spreads and our fruit compotes with a range of cheese, they have a balanced acidity from balsamic vinegar, citrus and the natural acids of the fruit and have a third less sugar than traditional jam which result in perfectly balanced pairings. That is why quince paste and fruits are such a natural pairing, because they still offer some acidity and often why chutneys and pickles are more often chosen pairings.  In saying this, the sharp bold flavors of a strong blue cheese can be nicely paired with sweeter fruit compotes and condiments such as honey.  

Varieties of Blue Cheese and Pairings 

Blue cheese ranges from mild and creamy to bold crumbly sharp and tangy. Combozola which is a combination of a triple cream brie and a gorgonzola is a milder creamier type of blue-brie cheese and a French Roquefort is your more picante tangy pungent blue cheese.  Stilton is a beautiful well rounded blue cheese made in the UK, it's sweeter, creamier and more nutty than your salty tangy gorgonzola or piquant Roquefort - I almost think of it as a cross between a mild creamy aged cheddar and a blue cheese.  I think Stilton is a great all around blue cheese, especially for those who don't particularly enjoy a salty tangy sharp blue cheese.  Some of our favorite New World Blue Cheese varieties made right here in the USA are phenomenal and my personal favorites for a cheese plate - they include Jasper Cellars Bayley Hazen Blue (which reminds me of a Stilton), Point Reyes Farmstead Original Blue (more of a classic picante blue) and Bay Blue (a milder creamier blue) and the 2019 World Cheese Award Winner Rogue River Blue.  Each variety will pair well with apples, walnuts, grapes, pears, honey and a number of our chutneys and fruit compotes. Below is some of our favorite fruit spread pairing with blue cheese.


Mild Blue Cheese Varieties & Fruit Spread Pairings

Wozz! Best Fruit Spreads and Savory Jams For Blue Cheese Pairings:

Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote (with balsamic & rosemary) - Wild blueberries steeped in balsamic with grade A maple syrup, toasted walnuts and floral rosemary.  This blueberry compote is a divine pairing for a blue cheese, simply served with crackers or crostini.

 
Triple Ale Onion Jam Spread - Fresh onions are caramelized with 3 craft beers, brown sugar and roasted garlic. This savory sticky delicious onion jam is fantastic paired with an English Stilton and Roquefort. It's delicious on a blue cheese burger or with steak and blue cheese. Also a superb pick for a charcuterie and blue cheese board or as a base for flatbread blue cheese pizza.

 

Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote - Sour cherries from upstate NY are simmered with winter spices, red wine and cracked black pepper. This fruit forward spiced cherry compote pairs well with a mild to medium blue cheese and is delicious on a dessert style cheese board. 




Rum Toddy Toffee Dessert Sauce - Now this is not your typical blue cheese accompaniment but it's decadent and wonderful paired with a creamy salty Cozier blue cheese, Cambozola or a Stilton.  It's more of a dessert style cheese plate - think caramel and cheese (heavenly).  Drizzle our Rum Toddy Toffee Sauce over Effies Rye Cakes with a chunk of salty Cozier or entertain your next guests with our Dessert Cheese Board.

Pictured Below:  A decadent dessert cheese pairing.  Crozier Irish blue cheese atop Effies Rye Biscuits, drizzled with Wozz! Rum Toddy Toffee Dessert Sauce. 

Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread Figs simmered in balsamic with fresh apples and pears and finished with pure mustard oil. This is an amazing mostarda that pairs beautifully with blue cheese, especially delicious with roasted meats like roast beef and cured meats like prosciutto. Great for crostini appetizers and as a base for flatbread.


Blue Cheese Varieties: 


Cambozola Classic Blue Cheese - Bavaria Germany

The cheese that brought me back to blue. A rather new edition to the blue cheese world only making its first appearance around 1900 before being revamped by Käserei Champignon creamery in Germany. Cambozola Classic is a triple cream brie-style blue cheese hails from the Allgäu region in southern Germany. Cambozola Classic has a delicate blue cheese flavor and a softer—almost spreadable—texture than a typical blue style cheese. Ideal for the blue beginner, smoother, creamier and milder than a typical blue, so even folks who think they don’t like blue cheeses because they’re “too strong” may find themselves craving more. 

Lighthouse Blue Brie -
Tasmania Australia

From Australia's King Island Creamery is a beautiful blend of creamy brie with a subtle touch of blue. is made from a combination of Penicillium camemberti and the same blue Penicillium roqueforti mold used to make Gorgonzola, Roquefort, and Stilton. Extra cream is added to the milk, giving the Lighthouse Blue a rich consistency characteristic of triple crèmes, while the edible bloomy rind is similar to that of Camembert or Brie. 

CAMBOZOLA Black Label Blue Brie - Bavaria Germany

CAMBOZOLA Black Label, also from Käserei Champignon creamery in Germany. It has been aged longer and colder than the classic, which makes it  creamier and a little stronger in the blue notes. You can easily recognize this triple cream soft ripened cheese by its beautiful grey exterior mold. The cheese is injected with same blue Penicillium roqueforti mold used to make Gorgonzola, Roquefort, and Stilton. However, it is neither pungent like Stilton nor crumbly like Roquefort. The cheese, a cross between Camembert and Gorgonzola, is creamy, moist and rich like a Camembert with the sharpness of Gorgonzola. A soft-ripened cheese, the insides reveal pockets of blue veining and a unique exterior of grey mold. Its savory, nutty flavor with undertones of sweetness enhances the wonderful characteristics of the cheese. For a food connoisseur, the Cambozola is a great start into the world of Blue Cheeses. Taste it with fruits, honey or a Chardonnay.

Our favorite Wozz! savory jam pairings for this creamy blue brie cheese is our Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote, Cranberry Orange Cognac Chutney and our Triple Ale Onion Jam Spread.  Both of these were a fantastic accompaniment to the blue cheese served on simple crackers and crostini. 

Wine Pairings: Eden Cider VT Claudine Keeved cider, chardonnay, and Brut. 

Cooking: salads, mild dressings, grilled sandwiches, a wonderful dessert cheese served with fruits

Fourme d’Ambert - Auvergne France

 Pronounced dom-BEHR Fourme d'Ambert is a rich and creamy cow milk blue from the Auvergne region of France. It has a thin, yellowish rind mottled with sandy molds. Its interior is bone white with distinctive bluing. Although its scent is very earthy, fruity, strong and woody. Fourme d'Ambert has a creamy,mild flavor with a slight nutty finish. The paste is both soft and smooth with a velvety mouthfeel full of sweet cream and an earthy, mushroomy roundness. The cheese has an aroma reminiscent of the caves where it was aged, a dense and creamy texture and a fruity flavor with hints of nuts on the finish. Despite the thorough blue veining, this is one of the milder blue cheeses.

Wine Pairings: Fourme d'Ambert is a very wine-friendly cheese. Pair with Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends  sauternes and other dessert wines, but also some full-bodied reds such as Rhones, pinot noirs and syrahs.

Cooking: Crumble this blue cheese in salads, serve with fresh pear, stir the blue cheese into creamy sauces, add to quiche and savory baked torte.

Semi Mild Blue Cheese Varieties and  Fruit Spread Pairings

Chiriboga Blue - Bavaria Germany

A native of Ecuador, Arturo Chiriboga has mastered the art of German cheesemaking at the foot of the Alps in Bad Oberdorf, Bavaria. His cow's milk blue was modeled on Roquefort but tastes more creamy and buttery than the peppery, assertive French classic. Chiriboga Blue is intensely rich and buttery, with a dense, tongue-coating texture that is reminiscent of frozen custard. The ivory interior with very few blue-gray streaks of veining produces a very subtle flavors of sweet cream and grass, with a splash of mushroomy goodness and balanced blue piquancy.
Wine Pairings: something sparkly like prosecco or champagne, medium bodied red or citrusy white wine and Bavarian style ales

Cooking: Melts wonderfully for pasta and risotto dishes. Creamy sauces and dressings. Spreadable.

Gorgonzola (dolce)-  Lombardy Italy

Often most are familiar with a crumbly bold aged version of this cheese (Picante), but that is not what I am talking about. When young, (dolce) it is soft and creamy, opening with nimble strokes of butter and slowly approaching a slightly acidic finish. It has a wonderful balance between the creamy rich texture and the brighter acidity. Mature versions are stronger, piquant and deliver a pungent bite to finish.  Easy find recommendations Creamy Gorg cheese from BelGioioso Creamery Wisconsin.


Wine Pairings: Soft savory Red and/or White wines, Riesling, Pinot Bianco, Prosecco and other sparkling varieties.

Cooking: It melts wonderful for Italian pasta and risotto dishes, pizza, steak, crostini and sandwiches. Also delicious and frequently crumbled into salads, delicious on a salad with Wozz! Pear Ginger Vinegar drizzled atop.


Middlebury Blue Salisbury Vermont

Blue Ledge Farm Creamery, Middlebury Blue. The interior of this 2-3 month old blue is grassy, salty, and a little sour – a great way to expand beyond mild beginner blues. Earthy and milky, Middlebury Blue an almost cheddary texture, and blue veining adds a balance of earthy hay and sweet caramel, with a bite of pepper as well, with its crusty, rustic natural rind and smoother, creamier paste. Despite all this it is really quite a mild blue.


Wine Pairings: Sweet light reds
Cooking: Salads, Sweet Roast Vegetables, Walnuts 


Medium Blue Cheese Varieties and Fruit Spread Pairings
 
Jersey Blue Switzerland: Lichtensteig Rolf Beeler

Produced by legendary cheesemaker Willi Schmid. The Jersey Blue is Willi Schmid’s most decorated product: . The Jersey Blue undoubtedly proves the immense talent of its creator. Willi uses two different Italian molds. He doesn’t reveal which ones, we only know Gorgonzola mold is not part of it. Natural calf rennet is used. The Jersey Blue is especially appealing cut when you see the fine light blue to dark green veins that grow into the core from the outside. The buttery feel of the Jersey milk coats the palate and then the powerful flavors of the mold burst out. It has an unbelievable long finish, a masterpiece indeed. In flavor, it is sweet, complex, vegetal and fruity, with a fiery bite and high sapidity. The Jersey Blue can be enjoyed young but ages well. When it starts to dry out the flavors get sharper.


Wine Pairings: best paired with white wines such as Gewurztraminer and riesling. For red wine, try Brunello, or a dessert wine such as Vin Santo

Rogue River Blue Cheese - Grants Pass Oregon

An organic, cave-aged blue cheese wrapped in pear spirit-soaked Syrah grape leaves, is a seasonal product. The award winning cheese is made exclusively with milk from Rogue Creamery’s Certified Organic Dairy Farm in Grants Pass, Oregon. It is only made for a few months each year beginning on the autumnal equinox when cooler temperatures bring renewed growth to the pastures and the cow’s milk becomes richer and higher in butterfat. Aromas are of earth, cellar, sherry and port. The texture is dotted with crunchy bits (crystalized amino acids) that give it a slightly granular mouthfeel. Flavors are incredibly complex. Notes of butterscotch and caramel are balanced by a pronounced tang and hints of spice from the blue mold.  

Wozz! Pairings: Balsamic Fig Mostarda 
                          Sticky Date Candied Orange Chutney
                          Triple Ale Onion Jam Spread

Wine Pairings: choose wines of age and distinction: Viognier, classic French or German Gewürztraminers, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, dessert wines; pear brandy; whiskey or rum; brown ales and stouts.  

Cooking: Tarts and quiche. Bruschetta and crostini. Bakes and gratins.

Strong Blue Cheese Varieties
Old World Blues Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).

Cabrales Asturia Region, Spain

Spanish semi-hard, fatty blue cheese, prepared within the administrative region of Cabrales Council and some towns in the Upper Peñamerella region. Both these areas are located at the foot of the Picos de Europa Mountains in Asturias. The cheese can be made from unpasteurized cow’s milk or blended with goat and/or sheep milk. It is aged between two and four months in naturally formed limestone caves. Chilly and humid conditions in the caves facilitate the growth of bluish-green penicillium mould on this highly prized cheese. Unlike other blue cheeses injected with Penicillium, Cabrales cures from the outside of the cheese to the inward. A finished Cabrales can be characterized by its  smooth texture, punctuated with holes and pockets of blue. The creamy paste is studded with crunchy granules of crystallized amino acids. A strong, penetrating aroma and sharp, acidic, slightly salty taste. Cabrales cheese is compact but crumbly with a unique, long lasting, developed and piquant taste for lovers of strong cheeses. Its aroma is also strong, typical of matured blue cheese. 

Wozz! Pairings: 
Wine Pairings: Red wine, Cider, Sweet Sherry, chilled sweet white wines, Brown Ales and stouts

Cooking: Great with fresh fig, salami and dried sausages. Treasured as a base for sauces, for melting over grilled or roasted meats and goes well along with baguette slices, crackers, or fruit.
 
 
Blue Stilton Tuxford and Tebbutt Creamery Melton Mowbray

One of the oldest creameries in The United Kingdom, Tuxford and Tebbutt has been running since 1780, producing many award-winning English cheeses, especially their famous Blue Stilton - they're one of five cheesemakers allowed to produce this classic British cheese. 

Tuxford and Tebbutt use traditional techniques like hand-turning on their cheeses, each wheel individually matured and graded to ensure quality and consistency, with methods they have perfected over the past 235 years and which is sometimes referred to as the “King of Cheeses,” Stilton has a protected origin designation, meaning any cheese labeled as "Stilton" must meet a particular set of standards. All protected origin cheeses are monitored by independent government agencies that perform random quality checks.To be a Stilton cheese means it must be made in Leicestershire,  Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire in England, where only seven dairies are licensed to make it. 

Stilton is always cylindrically-shaped and never pressed. It has its own unique crust and the blue veins radiate out from the center in a very distinctive pattern. It is a semi hard cheese also made from cow's milk. It has creamy, crumbly & smooth texture and spicy & strong flavors.

At the World Cheese Awards in 2012, Tuxford & Tebbutt Blue Stilton was crowned as the Supreme Champion of the event, taking home a total of five awards.

                          Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread
                          Sticky Date Candied Orange Chutney
                          Triple Ale Onion Jam Spread

Wine Pairings: Traditionally Sherry and Tawny port wine. Suggested with sweet dessert wines. Brown Ales and stouts.

Cooking: good choice to go with walnuts, crackers, biscuits and bread. Soups and Gratins particularly cauliflower, broccoli and leeks. Beef. Fondue.
 
Roquefort - Toulouse southern France

Roquefort is one of the oldest and strongest blue cheeses and is made from sheeps milk. Roquefort is one of the oldest known cheeses. It was reportedly the favourite cheese of the emperor Charlemagne, and in France it is called le fromage des rois et des papes (“the cheese of kings and popes”) The unique characteristics of Roquefort are largely imparted from aging in the Roquefort caves near Toulouse in the southern part of France, the milk of the Lacaune sheep also plays a large role in the outcome of flavors. A light white to cream color with rich salty, sharp and tangy flavors and melts in mouth. It is creamy and aromatic, complex and intense, with sharp and tangy nuances. Like Stilton in England, by French law, only cheese that is processed at Roquefort, France, may be labeled “Roquefort”

Wozz! Pairings: 
                          Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote 
(with rosemary & balsamic)
                          Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread
                          Sticky Date Candied Orange Chutney
                          Triple Ale Onion Jam Savory Spread

Wine Pairings: Dry Red wine, Sauternes 
Cooking: Salads, Quiche, Tarts, Pasta and Risotto, Beets, Leeks, Creamy White Sauces, Béchamel and Fondue.


New World Blue Cheese Varieties and Fruit Spread Pairings

King Island Roaring forties - Tasmania Australia

Produced by the King Island Dairy,  King Island dairy products have long been acclaimed throughout Australia and they’re rapidly building extraordinary reputations in the international marketplace. Unlike typical French blue cheeses like Roquefort made from ewe's milk, Roaring 40's Blue is made entirely from cow's milk. The result is a milder taste. Roaring 40's is a full-bodied blue with a honeyed, slightly nutty quality and great aftertaste. It is a rindless cheese, matured in wax coating, which cuts off the oxygen supply and encourages sweet and fruity flavor. The wax coating also preserves the cheese's moisture and creates a smooth and creamy texture. Cheesemaker Ueli Berger ensures that each of his cheese wheels is full flavored with a sweet, slightly nutty character, a rich mouthfeel, and good aftertaste. Its flavor is greatly enhanced by pristine natural resources, unscathed by pollution and human encroachment. These advantages, along with the year round grazing season, complement traditional King Island cheesemaking recipes to create this famous, nontraditional Blue.

Wozz! Savory Spreads & Jam Pairings For Strong Blue Cheese:

Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Compote 
(with balsamic & rosemary)

Bayley Hazen Blue - Greensboro Vermont

Behold Bayley Hazen Blue!  One of our personal favorite blue cheese varieties. Bayley Hazen Blue is named for an old military road that traverses the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont. The road was commissioned by George Washington and built to carry troops to fight the English on the Canadian front. Though no battle ever took place, the road brought the first settlers to Greensboro and is still in use today. This cheese is developed and aged in the same area Wozz! first began it’s production and cheese pairings. Bayley Hazen Blue has developed a loyal following because of its fudge-like texture, toasted-nut sweetness, and anise spice character. The paste is dense and creamy, with well-distributed blue veins. The usual peppery character of blue cheese is subdued, giving way to the grassy, nutty flavors in the milk. Flavors are complex and multi-layered. The typical tang of the blue mold, Penicillium Roqueforti, takes a back seat to a wide array of flavors that include butter, chocolate, and occasionally licorice.  This multi award winning blue cheese is fantastic and is one of our must-haves for any cheese plate or charcuterie board. 

                          Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread
                          Sticky Date Candied Orange Chutney
                          Triple Ale Onion Savory Jam Spread

Maytag -
Newton Iowa

Maytag is a blue cheese produced by Maytag Dairy Farms from the milk of prize-winning herd of Holstein cattle. The farm located outside Newton, Iowa has been making this handcrafted cheese since 1941 using traditional methods of curing. Even today, the blue cheese is not produced in huge quantities as the cheesemakers want to ensure that only the best quality cheese reaches the consumers.  Maytag Blue cheese is ripened over six months during which it develops a dense, crumbly texture and semi-sharp flavor. Every bite of Maytag melts in the mouth releasing a slightly tangy flavor with a lemony finish. With its pungent odor, the cheese might not suit everyone’s tastes. 

                          Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread
                          Sticky Date Candied Orange Chutney
                          Triple Ale Onion Jam Spread

Cooking: This American gourmet cheese can be crumbled into salads, on crackers or melted on a burger while you are sipping that ale or lager. cheese delivered in decorative silver foil tastes delectable when crumbled into salads, crackers or melted onto a burger.  This blue cheese is fantastic on a burger with Wozz! award winning Triple Ale Onion Jam Spread

Point Reyes Farmstead - California

Point Reyes Farmstead has 2 varieties of award winning blue cheese that are personal favorites of mine - their bay blue and original blue.  The bay blue is milder, sweet and earthy vs. the original blue which is creamy, bold, slightly sharp and tangy - both are just stellar for any cheese plate.  
Shop The Essential Cheese Pairing Collection: 

Wozz! Essential Cheese Pairings Savory Jams and Spreads Set - Our Classic Cheese Pairings Selection For A Variety of Cheese Plate Pairings From Blue Cheese To Baked Brie. 

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Our Favorite Spreads, Chutneys and Condiments For Delicious Sandwiches

Our Favorite Spreads, Chutneys and Condiments For Delicious Sandwiches

Yes, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard do have there significant role in the sandwich world but sometimes you just get bored with the status quo and need a spread or condiment that lifts your taste buds to a whole new level.  Your sandwich shouldn't always be a rerun of your 6th grade brown bag lunch, am i right?  Now don't get me wrong, there are certainly days when that old school bologna and cheese on white with mayo is just what the doctored ordered but I'm pretty sure we can raise the bar.  Here are our favorite sandwich recipes using our condiments, chutneys, spreads and relish that will take your sandwich to another level of tasty deliciousness and will leave you truly satisfied. 

1. Ultimate Hummus and Veggie Sandwich with Wozz! Pickled Beet Relish

Your everyday hummus and veggie sandwich just got Wozz'ed up with our Indian Spiced Pickled Beet Relish.  This beet relish is made from fresh from the farm beets, roasted and shredded and pickled with our own blend of Indian spices.  It's most at home on a veggie hummus or goats cheese panini.

 

 

 

2. Grilled Chicken and Brie Sandwich with Wozz! Cranberry Orange Cognac Chutney

Juicy grilled chicken atop thick grilled bread and topped with gooey cheese, fresh avocado and our cranberry orange cognac chutney   Our Cranberry Orange Cognac is a blend of New England Cranberries blended with fresh orange, aromatic spices and cognac liquor.  Just delicious with a roast turkey sandwich.

 

 

3. Ham Egg and Avocado Bagel Sandwich with Wozz! Spicy Tomato Kasundi Sauce

Our globally influenced spicy tomato kasundi sauce with cumin, paprika and chili is a a cross between a wordly ketchup and a smoky bbq sauce and it completely transforms this breakfast bagel sandwich.

 

 

4.  Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs and Wozz! Super Hot Chii Sambal

Poached eggs on smashed avocado toast topped with our Indonesian style Super Hot Chili Sambal Hot Sauce

 

 

5. Falafel Gyros with Lemon Green Tahini Sauce

Lebanese street food made at home.  Is there anything better than a loaded gyro wrap with veggies, tzatziki, lemon green tahini dressing and falafel.  Survey says no.  This lemon green tahini dressing is also fantastic stirred into chopped eggs for an egg salad sandwich and if you are vegan, swap out the eggs and use tofu.

 

 

6. Turkey Cheese Wraps with Thai Orange Ginger Relish

Simple turkey and cheese wraps get a bold and tangy twist with Wozz! Spicy Savory Thai Orange and Ginger Relish 

 

 

7.  Balsamic Fig Caprese BLT Club Sandwich with Wozz! Balsamic Fig Spread

A BLT perfect for the summer garden season when ripe tomatoes and bunches of fresh basil are ready for harvest.  Add some sliced mozzarella, our Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread, cripsy thick cut bacon, avocado and mayo and you've got yourself one ridiculously delicious sandwich.

8. Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Wozz! Moroccan Tomato Onion Relish

This grown up style grilled cheese is made with crusty sourdough bread, our Moroccan Tomato Onion Relish, sliced ham, fresh spinach, Gruyere and cheddar.

 

 

9. Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger with Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Spread

What do you get when you take a Bacon Cheeseburger and add Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Spread to it?

The most mouthwatering delicious flavor explosive bacon cheeseburger you have ever tasted.

 

 

10. Corned Beef Reuben with Wozz! Southern Style Rustic Mustard

Layered corn beef on marble rye bread with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and Wozz! Southern Style Rustic Mustard.  This sandwich is a full on flavor bomb. 

 

11. Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich with Green Tomato Jalapeno Spicy Mayonnaise and Special Sauce Coleslaw.

The ultimate buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with spicy mayo and "special sauce" coleslaw made with our Green Tomato Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Spread.  Served on a toasted brioche bun with pickles.

Green Tomato Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Spread | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

All of our condiments and spreads are versatile and can be used on a variety of sandwiches.  Here are a few more of our favorite sandwich and condiment combinations:

Shaved Turkey + Bacon + Mayo + Cheddar + Spicy Summer Mango Chutney + Salad Greens + Baguette 

Prosciutto + Fresh Pear + Goats Cheese + Fresh Basil + Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread on Hearty Artisan Bread Grilled

Roast Beef + Horseradish Mayo + Triple Ale Onion Spread + Lettuce + Bulkie Roll

Turkey Burger + Melted Cheddar + Thai Orange Ginger Relish + Lettuce + Whole Wheat Hamburger Bun

Goats Cheese + Indian Spiced Pickled Beet Relish + Arugula on Grilled Bread

Pulled Pork + Jamaican Jerk Pineapple Chutney + BBQ Sauce + Fresh Cilantro + Pickles + Brioche Bun

View The Entire Collection of Wozz! Condiments, Spreads, Relish and Sauces

If you love to add a bit of spice and tang to your everyday sandwiches, you may like our Global Relish Collection

Wozz! Global Relish Trio ~ A set of 3 Globally Inspired Relishes ~ $32

 

 

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Baked Brie with Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda

Baked Brie with Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda

Baked Brie with Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda

I wanted to share with you all a delicious recipe that was developed by some good friends of ours at the extraordinary Weston Table Market. 
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Their website and store is described in their own words as"Our award-winning approach combines beautiful imagery and unexpected content alongside an extraordinary collection of goods that elevates living, giving, and entertaining. We believe in emboldening people to shop with intention and to make meaningful purchases. Weston Table is a craftsman to consumer, get to know the story, visually-rich marketplace presented in a lifestyle format that includes travel experiences and food centric entertaining." 

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Baked Brie with Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda

recipe courtesy of Weston Table
https://www.westontable.com/blog/brie-balsamic-fig-mostarda

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Put the round of brie in a SMALL OVEN PROOF DISH. Use a small off set spatula to spread the mostarda over the top of the brie (all the way to the edge so that it begins to drip over the sides).

3. Place the pancetta rounds in a single layer on a QUARTER SHEET BAKING PAN.

4. Place the brie on the middle rack of the oven and the pancetta rounds on the top rack of the oven. Cook the brie for 7 minutes and the pancetta rounds until they are crisp, about 5 minutes (check frequently and remove as soon as they are brown and crisp).

5. While the brie is baking, trim the ends from the scallions, light green and deep green pieces only (reserve the white bulb part for another dish). Cut the green stem on the bias into very thin 1.25” long strips in which one end of the scallion stays together and forms a V. Plunge the scallions into an ice water bath. The scallion greens will firm up and begin to curl.

6. Remove the brie from the oven and carefully separate the pancetta wheel where it comes together naturally. Stick the ends of 3 pancetta rounds into the top of the brie. Sprinkle with the curled scallions. Serve immediately with the remaining pancetta rounds and crackers.

KITCHEN NOTES

Let the brie come to room temperature for an hour or two before baking to minimize oven time and keep the mostarda from drying out. Pancetta rounds are often found in the refrigerator section that includes prepackaged sliced Italian meats. Effie's Homemade Oatcakes are particularly delcious with this dish and may be found at Whole Foods. If you have fresh or dried figs, slice them and add a few to the top of the brie before baking.

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How To Use Onion Jam?  Let Us Show You The Ways

How To Use Onion Jam? Let Us Show You The Ways

How To Use Onion Jam

Oh a sweet sticky caramelized onion jam, it's like heaven in a jar.  But how should you use it?  With cheese, pizza, flatbreads, chicken?  Yes, the answer is D: All Of The Above and wait up...there's a whole lot more.   Our Triple Ale Onion Savory Jam Spread is one of our best selling spreads, it also won the coveted NYC Fancy Food Show Sofi Gold award for best condiment, so we know a thing or two about a delicious onion jam and have experimented with it over and over again, so let us show you how to use a caramelized onion jam in a variety of ways.  Our Triple Ale Onion Spread which of course we are partial too, is a sweet sticky caramelized onion spread made with fresh roasted garlic, fresh onions and 3 artisan ales and here are a few of our favorite recipes and ways to use it. 

Ways To Use Our Triple Ale Onion Jam Spread:

1. Pair Our Onion Jam with Cheese and Charcuterie

Pairing our Triple Ale Onion Jam with Cheddar is one of our favorite ways to use this spread.  It's fantastic with an aged cheddar or blue cheese, cured salami and crackers and also a delicious addition to charcuterie boards with a variety of cured meats and rustic breads.  

Recipe: Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Jam with Cheddar and Salami

2. Slather Our Triple Ale Onion Spread on All Your Sandwiches 

From a steak and cheese bomb to a grilled cheese to a simple roast turkey sandwich, our triple ale onion spread elevates your sandwich to the next level.  Try a roast beef, cheese and arugula panini with a little mayo and a dollop of onion jam toasted to perfection. 

3.  Spread Onion Jam on Your Next Bacon Cheeseburger

There is nothing better than a sweet sticky caramelized onion jam spread on a char grilled bacon cheeseburger. 

Recipe: Bacon Cheeseburger with Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Savory Spread

4.  Use Onion Jam as a Braising Sauce For Chicken

Toss chicken thighs with our Triple Ale Onion Jam and a little fresh thyme or rosemary and roast in the oven.  With a few roasted potatoes, it makes a weeknight meal that's easy and delicious.

Recipe: Roasted Chicken Thighs with Triple Ale Onion Spread and Roasted Potatoes

5.  Use Onion Jam For a Topping For Brie Cheese

Creamy velvety brie cheese with it's earthy and mushroomy notes pairs perfectly with a savory onion jam.  Pair with toasted crostini and it's a crowd favorite.

Recipe:  Baked Brie En Croute with Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Spread

6.  Use Our Triple Ale Onion Spread as an Alternative Pizza Sauce

You don't always have to turn to that traditional tomato marinara sauce, our Triple Ale Onion Spread makes a wonderful pizza base, especially for a bbq chicken pizza or a cheddar, bacon and apple pizza.  

Recipe: Smoked Tilsit, Bacon, Apple and Triple Ale Onion Spread Pizza

7.  Add Onion Jam to Mini Tarts and Puff Pastry Appetizers

For no fuss, super easy entertaining, add onion jam to min tarts with goats cheese, brie or blue cheese and garnish with fresh herbs.  They only take 10 minutes are so good!

Recipe: Mini Tarts with Goats Cheese, Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Spread, Thyme & Walnuts

8. Toss Onion Jam through Your Favorite Vegetables  

Steamed green beans tossed with onion jam and bacon is divine and a way to liven up those veggies.  Also delicious when tossed through brussells sprouts or dolloped on top of roasted sweet potatoes. 

9.  Swirl Onion Jam through Macaroni and Cheese

Add a swirl of savory onion jam through your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe and top with bread crumbs.  You can even add a little hamburg to your macaroni and cheese for a fantastic weeknight comfort meal. 

10.  Spread Onion Jam onto Crostini

A simple and easy way to use onion jam is to spread onto toasted crostini with cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs.  We love this crostini with our Triple Ale Onion Spread, Mushrooms and Fresh Thyme. 

Recipe:  Mushroom Thyme Crostini with Triple Ale Onion Spread

There you have it, the many ways to use Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Savory Jam Spread in a variety of recipes.  From easy entertaining to delicious weeknight meals.

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How To Use Wozz! Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde in Recipes

How To Use Wozz! Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde in Recipes

How To Use Wozz! Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde in Recipes and Cooking

First off, what exactly is salsa verde? and how do I incorporate salsa verde in my cooking?  Salsa verde also known as "green salsa" is a condiment that originated in Mexico.  It's made with tomatillos, green chili, garlic, onions, fresh lime, salt and cilantro with usually a pinch of sugar to balance out the tart tang of this salsa.  It's typically thinner in consistency to a traditional chunky red tomato salsa and is commonly served with Mexican cuisine including enchiladas, tacos, fajitas and chimichangas.  Salsa Verde isn't just to be used as a condiment drizzled on top of your favorite Mexican dishes, it can be used in a number of recipes as an ingredient and adds fantastic flavor tang and spice. For our award winning Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde, we chose to add a bit of fresh kiwi to kick up that tang just a bit more.  You may think that the addition of kiwi to our salsa verde would make it sweeter or fruitier but it does just the opposite, it adds a nice zing and acid to the salsa. We make our Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde with fresh charred tomatillos, fresh jalapenos, garlic, onion, fresh lime and cilantro.  It's a favorite and actually was featured on The Today Show after winning best salsa at the NYC Fancy Food Show in 2015!  So we are not lying, when we say its delicious!  We've picked our best and easiest ways to use salsa verde in a variety of recipes and I hope you'll give our Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde a try in your next dish.

1. Salsa Verde Guacamole 

Make a delicious guacamole in no time with salsa verde.  Just smash up some avocados, add your salsa verde, add a little chopped tomato, fresh squeezed lime juice and season with salt and pepper.  That's It!  Serve the salsa verde guacamole with tortilla chips at your next party for easy no hassle entertaining.

Recipe: Easiest Salsa Verde Guacamole

2. Dip Tortilla Chips in Wozz! Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde

For a refreshing alternative to traditional red tomato salsa, serve tortilla chips or nachos with some vibrant delicious salsa verde!  Especially good with loaded pulled pork nachos.

3. Spoon Wozz! Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde over Mexican Fajitas and Tacos

Serve salsa verde as a condiment and side to all your Mexican tacos, fajitas and quesadillas. I made these amazing Mexican Street Corn Beef Fajitas with our Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde and they were so so good!  I have attached the recipe below.

Mexican Street Corn Beef Fajitas with Salsa Verde | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

Recipe: Mexican Street Corn Beef Fajitas with Salsa Verde

4. Serve Salsa Verde as Condiment for Grilled Meats and Seafood

Simple grilled flank steak, chicken, fish and scallops are dressed up beautifully with a drizzle of salsa verde and when watching the carbs, salsa verde is a great choice!  Our Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde has only 1 g of carbs per tablespoon and only 80 calories in the entire jar.

5. A Healthy Salsa For Grilled Fish Tacos

Who doesn't want zingy fresh and spicy salsa verde atop their grilled fish tacos?? It's a classic accompaniment and adds a fresh tang and smokey kick to the tacos.

Recipe: Grilled Fish Tacos with Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde

6. Chicken Enchiladas with Wozz! Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde

My favorite Mexican dish, chicken or pork enchiladas baked in a salsa verde sauce with a little extra hot sauce and sour cream on the side!  For a super quick recipe, pick up a rotisserie chicken at store, shred chicken and set aside.  Pan fry your corn tortillas on both sides and set aside.  Now assemble your enchiladas - in a baking dish add salsa verde to bottom of dish, make your enchiladas rolls by adding shredded chicken, a little salsa verde into tortillas and roll up, place seam side down into baking dish.  Once dish is full of your enchiladas, add a little more salsa verde to top of enchiladas and top with cheese of your choice, either cojita cheese or Mexican shredded taco cheese.  Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 15 minutes until cheese is nice and bubbly.    

7. Salsa Verde Chicken Cheese and Rice Bake

Salsa verde can be added to a chicken cheese and rice bake for a Mexican inspired casserole dish. This is a delicious weeknight meal that you have to try using our Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde

Recipe: Salsa Verde Chicken Cheese and Rice Bake  

8. Salsa Verde as a Healthy Dressing

Salsa verde makes a wonderful low calorie fresh and zingy dressing for a variety of salads and is also used to dress side dishes of rice and beans.  I like salsa verde drizzled on a Mexican black bean and corn salad with chopped red onion, fresh cilantro and an extra squeeze of lime. 

9. Salsa Verde on Eggs

Salsa verde drizzled over your morning poached eggs on toast or scrambled eggs?  yes please.  When you are not feeling like traditional hot sauce, give salsa verde a go.  It's also a classic addition to the authentic Mexican dish Huevos Rancheros (fried eggs with refried black beans and salsa verde served on corn tortillas)

10. Healthy Salsa Verde Potato Salad

Forgo the Mayo!  We've just cut a zillion calories out of the traditional potato salad recipe.  A perfect addition to a hot summers day bbq - salsa verde potato salad with our handmade kiwi lime salsa verde

 

Recipe: Health Salsa Verde Potato Salad

and that's a wrap!  We'll continue to add more salsa verde recipes as we make them using our signature Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde.  In the meantime, give one of these recipes a try or swap out your regular ole tomato salsa for this super fresh and delicious green version.  Don't forget to serve up some margaritas with these dishes as well..what's a night of Mexican without margaritas or tequila?  

Wozz! Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde ~ $10.95 

Winner of the NYC Fancy Food show Sofi Gold Award For Best Salsa and Featured On The Today Show! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Fruit Spreads, Jams and Nut Toppings For Brie Cheese

Best Fruit Spreads, Jam and Nut Topping For Brie

I swear other than the bubbly, the next best thing at a holiday party is that delicious beautiful ooey gooey baked brie bejeweled with fruit preserves and nuts all dressed up in its puff pastry.  With warm slices of french bread scattered round it's base, it is an appetizer that just wants to be devoured by most guests.

You can top a baked brie with a variety of jams and spreads ranging in flavors from sweet and fruity to savory and piquant. Typically people prefer a sweet fruitier topping for brie and will often mix a jam with toasted nuts or herbs to spoon over top but a savory pairing such as our Triple Ale Onion Spread which is a caramelized onion jam made with 3 craft beers is a wonderful savory alternative for pairing, so both options - sweet or savory will work well and can stand up to the earthy creamy mushroomy taste of brie.  

Remember too that brie doesn't only have to be served in a puff pastry (commonly referred to as brie en croute), you can forgo the pastry and simply bake it in the oven for 10 minutes and then dress it up with your preferred topping (jam, savory preserves, honey, fruit, nuts, sun dried tomatoes, pesto, etc.)   You can also use brie in a number of different appetizers from mini tarts to small puff pastries, mini quiches, paninis and flatbreads.  All of our savory spreads and jam compotes listed below will work with a variety of soft ripened bloomy rind style cheeses from Brie to Camembert to Coulommiers (which is a cousin to brie) and make a beautiful addition to any cheese plate.

Our Favorite Spreads, Jams and Nut Toppings For Brie Include:

1. Baked Brie with Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote with Thyme and Pecans

Our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote is made with whole tart cherries sourced from upstate NY with warm winter spices and cracked black pepper.  Its sweet yet savory and when mixed with toasted pecans and fresh thyme is just amazing with a baked brie.  Not only is it a classic pairing - brie cheese and sour cherry but for a holiday gathering, its just gorgeous on the table.  

Recipe:  Baked Brie with Sour Cherry Compote with Thyme and Pecans

 2.  Baked Brie En Croute with Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Savory Spread and Crispy Bacon

A savory option which we love, our NYC Fancy Food Show Award Winning Triple Ale Onion Savory Spread mixed with bacon and served atop a brie baked in puff pastry.  The caramelized onion jam spread is a perfect pairing for the buttery mushroomy brie and makes a wonderful fall or winter appetizer. 

Recipe:  Baked Brie En Croute with Caramelized Onion Spread and Bacon

3. Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread and Brie Pairings 

Our Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread is a combination of sweet figs slowly simmered in a red wine reduction sauce with balsamic and a finishing touch of mustard oil spice.  It's our signature cheese pairing condiment and the winner of the NYC Fancy Food Show sofi award for best condiment.  This fig spread is an amazing accompaniment to brie and we've used it many times in recipes.  Here are a few of our favorite brie and balsamic fig mostarda spread pairings:

  • Summer Cheese Board:  Pair Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread with a wheel of soft ripened coulommiers cheese (coulommiers is similar to brie cheese like camembert), fresh fruits, croissants, ham and honey for a cheese board well suited for a summer picnic.
  • Balsamic Fig and Brie Mini Tarts - One of the easiest ways to entertain is with mini tarts!  You will find them in the frozen puff pastry section of the grocery store and you simply fill them with your favorite cheese, herb and nut mixture, bake for 10 minutes and voila.  These mini tarts are filled with slices of brie cheese and topped with Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread and fresh thyme.

Recipe:  Brie and Balsamic Fig Spread Mini Tarts Appetizer

 

 

  • Summer Grilled Peach Pizza with Brie, Bacon and Basil - You don't have to wait until the holidays to bring out the brie, it's delicious when paired with summer fruits such as strawberries and peaches and is delicious on this summer grilled peach flatbread with Wozz! Balsamic Fig Spread, bacon and fresh torn basil.  

Recipe:  Summer Grilled Peach Flatbread with Brie, Fig Spread, Bacon and Basil

 

 

4.  Cranberry Orange Cognac Chutney Paired with Brie Cheese

Wozz! Cranberry Orange and Cognac Chutney is a traditional cranberry chutney with an orange inspired twist!  New England Cranberries are simmered in aromatic spices including cinnamon and allspice with hand candied oranges and a touch of cognac liquor.  A classic holiday pairing for camembert or brie cheese, especially brie en croute and perfect when spooned over those leftover holiday chicken and turkey sandwiches!  Below we paired our Cranberry Orange Cognac Chutney with pecans and pistachios and served over a warm camembert cheese with crackers.

5.  Baked Brie Paired with Wozz! Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Fruit Compote (with balsamic and rosemary).  

This recipe is a home run.  It turned out sooo good.  For this baked brie appetizer we combined Wozz! Wild Blueberry Maple Walnut Fruit Compote which is made using wild Maine blueberries, pure maple syrup, toasted walnuts, fresh rosemary and balsamic vinegar with some additional fresh rosemary and toasted walnuts and simply spoon it over the brie after it was baked.

Recipe:  Baked Brie with Wozz! Wild Blueberry Compote, Walnuts and Rosemary

 

 

So there you have it, our best handcrafted jams, compotes, condiments and savory spreads with nut toppings for brie cheese.  For a quick recap of favorite toppings:

Baked Brie + Wozz! Wild Blueberry Maple Compote + Fresh Rosemary + Toasted Walnuts  

Baked Brie + Wozz! Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote + Fresh Thyme + Toasted Pecans

Baked Brie + Wozz! Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread 

Baked Brie + Wozz! Cranberry Orange Chutney + Pistachios + Pecans

Baked Brie En Croute + Wozz! Triple Ale Caramelized Onion Spread + Bacon + Fresh Rosemary

Serve warm with toasted sliced french baguette or crackers.  

Get The Set -  Wozz! Best Spreads and Jams For Brie CheeseTrio

 

 

If you are looking for a gift for the cheese lover or for the hostess that loves to entertain, you may like:

Wozz! Cheese Pairing Gourmet Spreads Gift Set - A Set of 6 Condiments, Jams and Savory Spreads Designed For Perfect Cheese Pairings

 

 

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Condiments To Compliment A Charcuterie Board

Condiments To Compliment A Charcuterie Board

When you say charcuterie board, most people think of it as an upscale appetizer, most likely due to it's French origins and typically thought of as an arrangement of cured aged meats only to be bought at a high end delicatessen or artisan butchery shop. A spread of dry cured sausages and aged parma ham and duck terrines served with mini toasts and butter and a few condiments and pickles.  Yes this is an example of a classic charcuterie spread and is my preferred take on a charcuterie board however, charcuterie boards can also be served in a more casual style such as a simple meat and cheese platter, an antipasto spread consisting of some cheese, meats and pickled veggies and even a ploughman's lunch which if you think about it, is kind of a deconstructed sandwich really.  Basically a spread of cold cuts, some salami, pickles, crackers, crusty bread, chutney and cheese.  

Whichever way you want to construct your charcuterie board, whether it be a sophisticated spread highlighting artisan made cured meats with types such as prosciutto di parma to jamón serrano to duck paté or it be a simpler spread including some genoa salami or sopressata with some cheddar and crackers we've got a range of condiments, chutneys and savory fruit spreads to liven up the board and add a nice accompaniment to your choice of meats, cheese, breads and crackers.

Our Favorite Condiments, Chutneys and Savory Fruit Spreads For Charctuerie Include:

 1.  Southern Style Rustic Mustard - Our Signature Pairing For All Charcuterie

Hands down a staple to a magnificent charcuterie board is a nice hearty mustard.  Our Southern Style Rustic Mustard is a hearty wholegrain mustard with a southern bbq inspired twist and a nice bit of vinegary tang.  It's slightly sweet, peppery and tangy which makes it a phenomenal addition to a range of cured meats from sopressata (a rustic style Italian cured sausage) to capicola (also known as coppa - a smoked sausage) and salami.  It's also delicious with cooked sliced ham, mortadella (Italian bologne - usually seen in the deli - looks like large bologne with olives and black peppers inside) and chicken liver pate (served with butter and toast).  Our Southern Style Rustic Mustard is a perfect accompaniment to any charcuterie board you display from a swanky spread to a Super Bowl party platter and everything in-between.

Featured Below:  Our Southern Style Rustic Mustard Featured on our Fall Festive Simple Cheese and Charcuterie Board - pictured is French bread baguette slices with sopressata, prosciutto, gherkin pickles, swiss cheese and aged cheddar with our Southern Style Rustic Mustard and our Triple Ale Onion Savory Spread.  

Fall Festive Charcuterie Board with Mustard Condiment and Onion Jam | Wozz! Kitchen Creations
Mustard For Charcuterie | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

 

2.  Triple Ale Onion Spread - A Favorite For Cheese, Cured Sausage and Crackers - Winner of The NYC Fancy Food Show Sofi Gold Award

We always say our Triple Ale Onion Savory Spread is made for aged cheddar, cured sausage and crackers, washed down with a craft brew.  It's the Super Bowl style meat and cheese platter that this spread is made for.  This sweet sticky caramelized onion jam spread is also delicious with a variety of cheeses from blue cheese to goats cheese to baked brie (with a little bit of crumbled bacon and rosemary on top - so good).  

Pictured Below:  Wozz! Triple Ale Onion Spread with Aged Cheddar and Sausage.

3.  Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread - Figs Simmered in Balsamic with a Touch of Mustard Spice - A Classic Addition to A Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Our Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread is not only our signature cheese pairing condiment, pairing with a variety of cheese from aged chevre to stilton, this fig spread is a classic addition to a charcuterie board and also a winner of the NYC Fancy Food Show for best in class.  Our favorite way to pair it, is with crostini, gorgonzola and crispy prosciutto (as shown below).  It's a delicious accompaniment to prosciutto (Italian dry cured ham) and jamón (dry cured ham from Spain) served with a few cheeses including blue cheese, aged goats cheese and crusty bread or crackers along with grapes, nuts and olives.

4.  Green Tomato Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Spread - A Sweet Yet Tangy and Spicy Bite For Your Meat and Cheese Platters

This is a pepper jelly style spread made with fresh green tomatoes and fresh jalapenos, it's sweet and tangy with a vinegary spicy kick and it's just delicious paired with a variety of charcuterie and deli meats including ham, prosciutto, mortadella, sausage, pastrami and terrines.  It's also great with cheddar, swiss cheese, goats cheese and simple cream cheese.  From a simple meat and cheese platter to a sophisticated charcuterie board this one adds a nice bite to them all.

Pictured Below: Toasted Crostini with Sopressata, Ham, Aged Cheddar and Wozz! Green Tomato Jalapeno Spread 

5. Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote -  A Favorite Fruit Spread For Pate, Foie Gras and Holiday Charcuterie Boards

With it's bright burgundy sour cherries, Our Sour Cherry Spiced Wine Fruit Compote makes a gorgeous addition to a charcuterie board.  Sour cherries are simmered in red wine with warm aromatic spices and finished with a touch of cracked black pepper making it a great match for peppery salami and sausages.  It is our favorite pairing for pate, foie gras and terrines.  This sour cherry compote paired with duck paté and simple buttered toast is a lovely holiday appetizer. 

Get The Set - Wozz! Condiments Jams and Spreads For Cheese and Charcuterie Boards ~ $57.00

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Best Ways To Use Peanut Sauce | Wozz Kitchen Creations

How Best To Use Peanut Sauce? Let Us Count The Ways

Whether you are making your own from scratch at home or you have a jar or bottle kicking around your pantry that you want to put to good use, a quality peanut sauce is a great ingredient to get creative with.  The most important thing is that whether you are making it at home or using store bought, you best make sure it's a quality peanut sauce - not all peanut sauces are created equal.   

We here at Wozz, are of course a little partial to our Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce, it's handmade in small batches by us with all natural peanut butter, fresh lime juice, a medley of Southeast Asian spices, fresh chili and creamy coconut milk.  It's layered with intense flavor - rich and creamy with a bite of fresh lime, spice and chili - it's definitely a step above your grocery store brand gluggy peanut sauce.  It was named best cooking sauce by the NYC Fancy Food Show and continues to be a best seller here at Wozz.

We use our peanut sauce in a variety of ways because it's pretty versatile - we use it as a dressing, a cooking sauce and a marinade.  Here are our favorite ways to incorporate peanut sauce in a number of dishes and recipes at home.

1.  Create A Curry Using Peanut Sauce

There are a variety of different curries to make using peanut sauce as a base. From chicken curry to sweet potato and tofu curry to peanut shrimp coconut curry, you simply mix your peanut sauce with coconut milk for your cooking sauce and add whatever protein or vegetables you like.  If you want to add even more oomph to your peanut curry sauce, you can add additional curry paste (red or green), you can add in some fresh garlic or fresh ginger, extra lime juice or a little sambal or fresh chili for extra spice.   You can make it as simple or complex as you like.  Serve the dish with rice or grilled bread to soak up all that delicious peanut sauce. Garnish your dish with fresh herbs, basil or cilantro, crushed peanuts and fresh lime wedges.

Pictured Below:  Asian Coconut Peanut Chicken Curry with Butternut Squash Recipe

2. Make Pad Thai Style Noodles Using Peanut Sauce

Cook up some rice noodles, add some shredded cabbage, carrot or bean sprouts, stir in a bottle of peanut sauce and garnish with fresh squeezed lime, crushed peanuts and fresh herbs.  A super easy weeknight meal that is a crowd pleaser.  Who doesn't love some pad thai? and you can always add some boneless pork strips, chicken, shrimp or tofu if you want some extra protein.

Pictured Below:  Pad Thai Style Noodles with Wozz Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce

3. Use Peanut Sauce as an Asian Stir Fry Sauce

In a large skillet, add some sesame oil, brown off some diced chicken, stir fry some vegetables - green beans, broccoli, red pepper (whatever you want) and finish it with peanut sauce.  Bada bing bada boom, Asian peanut chicken veggie stir fry.  Of course, you can expand on this - add a little soy sauce, a little chicken stock or a little coconut milk, fresh herbs, sriracha, fresh garlic, fresh ginger but for a simple no fuss 15 minute dinner then simply brown chicken, stir fry veggies and add some peanut sauce.

4. Use Peanut Sauce As A Dipping Sauce Or Satay Sauce

Peanut sauce is the classic dipping sauce for chicken satay (grilled chicken skewers) and makes a delicious dipping sauce for rice paper rolls, shrimp, potstickers, tempura and fresh vegetables including cucumber slices, carrot sticks and red pepper strips.  Peanut sauce makes a flavorful alternative dip for a veggie party platter.

Pictured Below: Grilled Chicken Satay with Coconut Peanut Dipping Sauce Recipe

5.  Use Peanut Sauce as A Dressing For Lettuce Wraps or Tacos

Skipping out on bread or cutting carbs? Peanut sauce makes a delicious dressing for a variety of Asian lettuce wraps.  Simply use the leaves from either iceburg, bibb or butter lettuce, add whatever filling you like and top with a drizzle of peanut sauce.  Some ideas for lettuce wraps include:

lettuce wrap with grilled chicken + fresh sliced mango + shredded cabbage + a little fresh basil + drizzle with peanut sauce

lettuce wraps with stir fried tofu cooked with peanut sauce + brown rice + topped with cilantro + crushed peanuts + scallions + chili sambal

lettuce wraps with sautéed ground chicken cooked in sesame oil with fresh garlic, ginger, a splash of soy sauce and hoisin sauce + top with pickled carrots + chopped scallions + a squeeze of fresh lime + drizzle with peanut sauce

You can also dress up a variety of tacos with peanut sauce from ground pork, mint and chili tacos to stir fried cauliflower tacos with cabbage and cilantro.

6.  Make Buddha Bowls with Peanut Dressing

Create a variety of different healthy buddha bowls and top with peanut dressing.  You can either use straight up peanut sauce for your dressing or you can mix the peanut sauce with a little rice wine vinegar to lighten it up.  Ingredients in your buddha bowls that go well with peanut dressing include:  baked tofu, lentils or roasted chickpeas, sliced avocado, pickled carrot or cabbage, fresh cucumber and red pepper, roasted veggies such as sweet potato or butternut squash, fresh salad greens, lightly sautéed kale and broccoli.  

Pictured Below:  Baked Tofu Buddha Bowls with Butternut Squash and Peanut Dressing

7. Use Peanut Sauce As A Base For Soup or Stew

We use our Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce as a base for a Fall inspired butternut squash, lentil and wild rice soup.  We mix the peanut sauce with vegetable broth and add coconut milk to make the broth.  If you don't want to add squash, lentils and rice, you could give it a more Asian flair and add shitake mushrooms and ramen noodles or rice noodles and broccoli.  You can also add some vegetable broth, tomato paste and crushed tomatoes to the peanut sauce and slow cook with stewed beef (or boneless diced chicken thighs) and vegetables (sweet potatoes, rutabagas, onion, garlic) to make an African inspired stew, commonly referred to as Mafé.  

Pictured Below: Coconut Peanut Butternut Squash Soup with Lentil and Wild Rice made with Wozz Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce

8. Peanut Sauce Makes A Simple Delicious Salad Dressing

Whether you are dressing simple salad greens or making a grilled chicken salad with fresh veggies and garden herbs, a peanut dressing is a nice way to switch things up from your traditional Ranch or balsamic vinegar.  Simply add a splash of rice wine vinegar or squeeze of fresh lime to your salad with a of drizzle peanut sauce for a creamy rich delicious dressing.  I love a peanut dressing over a chopped Asian salad of kale, shredded cabbage, peppers and some cashews or crushed peanuts for added crunch.  I often use it on a Thai style chicken salad with fresh mint and chili.  Another option is to toss your peanut dressing in a Thai noodle salad - simply cook up some rice noodles and cool over running water in colander, add some shredded cabbage, cilantro or Thai basil and shredded carrot and toss with your peanut sauce. Serve with fresh squeeze of lime. 

Pictured Below:  Thai Chicken, Cucumber and Mint Salad with Peanut Sauce Dressing

9.  Use Peanut Sauce As A Sauce For Chicken Wings or Vegetarian Cauliflower "Wings"

You can batter up some chicken wings, fry them and then toss with your peanut sauce or you can toss the chicken wings with the sauce and bake them, basting occasionally (a healthier option), or you can go super healthy and make some baked battered cauliflower bites (sometimes referred to as "cauliflower wings") and after they are done baking, toss them with the peanut sauce.  

10. Use Peanut Sauce in an Asian broth for Mussels 

We use our Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce to make a broth for Asian inspired mussels which is a nice change from the traditional white wine, tomato based broth.  We serve the mussels with a side of rice and grilled bread to soak up all the coconut peanut broth.  Garnish with fresh lime and cilantro or basil. So easy and so good.  

Pictured Below:  Cambodian Coconut Peanut Curry Mussels Recipe using Wozz Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce

Mussels in Coconut Peanut Sauce Broth

There you have it, our favorite ways to use peanut sauce beyond satay - from curry to tacos to salad to mussels!  It's a pretty versatile sauce once you start to get creative with it and it's a good one to have on hand in the pantry so you don't have to always make it from scratch.  

Wozz! Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce 

Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce

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