Friday, February 3, 2012

Jarlsberg: a Cheese, a Dip, an Ingredient and a Giveaway

From the Jarlsberg website:
A mild, semi-soft, part skim cheese made from cow’s milk. Jarlsberg has a buttery, rich texture with a mild, nutty flavor characterized by large round holes. It is an all-purpose cheese, good for both cooking and for eating as a snack. Choose from Jarlsberg regular or Jarlsberg Lite, available in slices, wedges, and random weight pieces. Jarlsberg is the #1 selling specialty cheese in the USA.

When I think of Jarlsberg, I think of one of the few foodie moments in my favorite guilty pleasure film, The Devil Wears Prada. Mid-movie, after Andy turns down the beautiful, fatty and carblicious grilled cheese Nate has made, Nate says, "Give that to me, there's like ten dollars worth of Jarlsberg in there". I would never turn down a sandwich made by Adrien Grenier. If it were made of Jarlsberg, I might eat it off his stomach
This month, Jarlsberg is running a promotion asking food bloggers all over to post a recipe using Jarlsberg dip...myself included. The Super Bowl has inspired me to make finger food easily shared but healthfully made. Oven roasted sweet potatoes (crispy goodness) and a Jarslberg Dip based sauce with a kick!

Jarslberg Dip combines Jarlsberg, mayo and sweet red onion...and you should be able to procure Jarlsberg Dip premade (just in time for the Superbowl) at Gelsons, Von's, Ralph's, Safeway and Lucky's, to name a few spots. It would be great in one of many recipes, but also just used alone for munching on crackers, a dip for crudite, spread on grilled french bread or ciabatta.

Jarlsberg Smoked Paprika Dip
4 ounces Jarlsberg Dip
1 ounce plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sriracha
Combine ingredients, cover and chill.

Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
1.5 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into .5 inch wedges
.25 cup olive oil
.5 tsp kosher salt
.5 tsp Italian seasoning or other herbs (I also love these fries with rosemary or even cilantro)

Preheat oven to 425F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and cooking spray. Toss strips in bowl with oil, herbs and salt. Spread strips in one layer on baking sheet, not touching. Bake for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes for even browning. Serve warm with cool dip.

The giveaway:
Tailgate tote stocked with the following:
  • Jarlsberg Lite Cheese
  • Jarlsberg Cheese Dip
  • Snofrisk (Norwegian style cream cheese)
  • Crisp breads
  • Honey cremes
  • Honey vinegar
To enter giveaway, click through to 28 Ways to Leap Into Jarlsberg Dip icon below.

The entirety of this post was monetarily sponsored by Jarlsberg, my time, my groceries and my belly!


Casey said...

Hi Liz,

What a great idea. Love the sweet, spicy and savory flavors mingling in this recipe! I bet my kids would even go for the sweet potato "fries!"


Beth @ Kitchen Minions said...

How smart to add paprika and sriracha. That sounds great!