Ask me what food I can’t live without and I wouldn’t even have to think about it. It’s cheese all the way. Think about all the yummy things you can do with cheese. Our household goes through several pounds a week. My son takes a cheese sandwich for lunch at least three times a week. We have it on pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches and sometimes cheese is our main course for dinner. With the heat wave that has hit NJ this summer, it has not been surprising to see some cheese, a loaf of bread and mixed olives on our table for dinner. Besides, that dinner fits in well if it is poolside or if there are baseball games that night.
I couldn’t have been happier to be asked to take part in Kitchen PLAY’s 30 Days of Outdoor Dining event sponsored by Land O Lakes® Deli Cheese. The cheese featured is LAND O LAKES® 4 Cheese Italian Blend, which is a blend of American, Asiago, Romano and Parmesan cheeses. This delicious cheese has bold flavor but also solves a dilemma in my household. I have two very different children, and their eating habits are opposite. My teenage daughter has high food expectations and refuses to eat a plain cheese sandwich. American cheese is not her favorite as she wants something a little more exotic. My ten year old son would eat the same thing all the time. He loves the familiarity of American cheese and wants it between two pieces of white bread. I had them both try this cheese and all my problems were solved.
I am one of 30 bloggers creating the ultimate recipe for outdoor dining. I love having dinner outside in the summer whether it’s on my patio, at the pool or at the ball field. I wanted to create a recipe that is both simple and portable but fun for entertaining too. I am all about appetizers and antipasto is usually a starter at our holiday dinners. So I decided to create an antipasto recipe that is fun to eat outside in the summer too. And who doesn’t like to eat food off of a stick?
First, I made the meat and cheese pinwheels so you get a bite of everything. I paired the pinwheels with black olives, tomatoes and basil but the possibilities are endless. For variation, you could use stuffed olives, pickled cherry peppers or marinated mushrooms. These bite size appetizers are loved by both children and adults. They also pair well with cocktails.
Be sure to check Kitchen PLAY every day for the next fabulous recipe featuring new LAND O LAKES® 4 Cheese Italian Blend or LAND O LAKES® Deli American Cheese. Then, get in on the fun by leaving a comment with your own “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” tip for dining al fresco this summer. If you do, you’ll be entered to win a lovely grilling prize pack, including one grilling spatula, one marinade brush, one set of tongs and one grill scraper. Kitchen PLAY will be giving away four prizes total, one each week! Please visit Kitchen PLAY for sweepstakes guidelines. Follow Land O’Lakes on Twitter at @LandOLakesKtchn or search the hash tag #kitchenplay.
- 8 thin slices Genoa or other Italian salami
- 4 thin slices ham
- 8 slices Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend
- 12 fancy toothpicks
- 12 pitted black olives
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 12 small basil leaves
- Balsamic glaze or salad dressing for drizzling
- Layer 2 slices salami, one slice of ham and 2 slices of cheese on top of each other. Roll in jelly roll fashion very tightly. Trim the ends and cut into three neat pinwheels. Repeat with remaining salami, ham and cheese so you have 12 pinwheels.
- On toothpicks, alternate olives, pinwheels, tomatoes and basil leaves to make 12 skewers.
- Place on a plate and drizzle with balsamic glaze or dressing.
*****Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen PLAY SideCar series. All opinions given are my own.