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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Big Game Recipes with Jarlsberg® Cheese

Will you be watching the Big Game on February 4th?

                                           Heat Up 2018 & Win The Big Game

                               Jarlsberg® Cheese Celebrates With Special Recipes

                                          From Celebrity Chef George Duran

 I love the Big Game day for parties and food. I don't really watch the game but I do watch the commercials during the game. The rest of the time I am enjoying friends and all the great food. I love creating new recipes for the food that I will bring to the game parties that I attend. This year I will be creating a dish with my favorite cheese. Cheese is just one of my favorite party foods and it is so easy to incorporate into recipes. I have some great recipes to share with you that Jarlsberg® Cheese® shared with me. These recipes were created by renowned Celebrity Chef George Duran.  I think I will be making America’s Favorite Pastime: Baked Jarlsberg® Cheese Mac n’ Cheese Bites for my family and friends to enjoy while watching the game. I just love that the Bites are finger food! 

Jarlsberg® Cheese®, the nationally recognized premium brand of cheese, celebrates the dawn of a new year and the upcoming Big Game with renowned Celebrity Chef George Duran. There is a Jarlsberg® Cheese perfect for any palate, and what better time to enjoy this beloved classic than during a cozy night at home or at your celebration of the Big Game? Whether it’s for a brunch, a football party or a family dinner, Jarlsberg® Cheese offers naturally gluten-free cheese for every occasion.

Baked Jarlsberg® Cheese Mac n’ Cheese Bites 
by George Duran


1 lb. Ditalini pasta
Kosher Salt
1 stick butter
½ cup flour
5 cups whole milk
4 cups (16 oz.) Jarlsberg® Cheese, grated
1 tbsp. dried Italian herb seasoning, or herb mix of your own
Olive oil
1cup flour
4 eggs, beaten
Seasoned Panko-style breadcrumbs
Buffalo hot sauce


Bring 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil and add 1 tbsp. salt. Add Ditalini pasta and stir gently allowing it to boil for about 7-8 minutes, until “al dente”. Remove from heat, drain well and place in a large bowl. Set aside.

For béchamel sauce, start by making a roux in a medium stockpot. Melt butter under medium heat and whisk in flour. Keep whisking under medium heat until roux is browned, about 5-6 minutes. Add 2 tsp. salt. Gently whisk in the milk until properly combined. Continue whisking the sauce until it thickens and begins to simmer about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and add shredded Jarlsberg® Cheese. Add herbs and using a rubber spatula mix until cheese is completely melted. Combine cheese sauce with macaroni and season with salt, if needed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.

Pre-heat oven to 425°F and drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a baking pan.

Place beaten eggs, flour and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Use your hands to make golf ball sized mac n’ cheese bites. Then take each ball and cover it in flour, then eggs and finally panko. Place balls on baking pan and drizzle on top with a little more olive oil. Work in batches and bake for 15-20 minutes, turning over once halfway through, until golden brown.

Serve with buffalo sauce, if desired.

Serves 10-12 people

Enjoy these other delicious and simple-to-prepare dishes from Celebrity Chef George Duran. From brunch to our holiday meal, Jarlsberg® Cheese has you covered!

 Spicy Tater Tot Breakfast Muffins by George Duran


36 frozen tater tots
2 cups Jarlsberg® cheese, grated and separated
8 Large eggs
2 Jalapeño peppers, seeds and veins removed and chopped finely
½ red pepper, chopped finely
2 tbsp. heavy cream
½ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
Finely chopped parsley, for garnish

Non-stick spray
12 cup muffin tin pan


Preheat oven to 425° F and spray 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray.

Place 3 tater tots into each muffin tin and bake for 10 minutes. Remove carefully and use a small spoon or fork to gently press down to form the base and sides of each tater tot muffin.

Divide 1 cup of Jarlsberg® cheese throughout the tater tots and place back in the oven for 10 more minutes.

In the meantime beat the eggs in a large bowl and combine the jalapeño, red peppers, heavy cream, salt and pepper. Once the tater tot muffins are done, carefully divide egg mixture into each tater tot cup. Top evenly with remaining cup of grated Jarlsberg® and place back into the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove each muffin and allow to cool for 5 minutes on a cooling rack before garnishing with parsley and serving.

Makes 1 dozen muffins.

*Note: This recipe can be made non-spicy by replacing the jalapeño with the same amount of green bell peppers.

Brown Sugar Ham and Cheese Sticky Buns by George Duran


2 8-oz. refrigerated crescent roll dough
Flour, for dusting
4 Tbsp. brown sugar
12 slices thin-cut ham
12 slices Jarlsberg cheese
½ C. grated Jarlsberg cheese
Chives or green onions, for garnish

Non-stick spray


Pre-heat oven to 375 F and spray non-stick spray in an 8 X 8 pan or similar.

Unroll dough on a floured surface and gently stretch out until dough is about 8” x 12”. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. of brown sugar throughout the dough, then evenly line up six slices of ham and six slices of cheese on top. Starting on the short side, begin rolling dough jelly-roll style. Cut into six even pieces.

Repeat with next piece of dough and place all 12 buns inside a pan. Sprinkle grated Jarlsberg on top and place in oven and cook for 20-25m. until bun is fully cooked. Garnish with chives or green onions and serve.

Makes 1 dozen sticky buns.

 Hawaiian Butcher Block Bread by George Duran


4 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 tsp. poppy seeds
2 tsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. honey
½ tsp. Kosher salt
1 16-oz. pizza dough
6 oz. sliced ham, chopped
6 oz. grated Jarlsberg Cheese
4 slices canned pineapple rings, blotted dry


Preheat your oven to 350F and line a sheet pan with parchment baking paper.

In a small bowl whisk first six ingredients together and set aside.

Roll out your pizza dough on a work surface dusted with flour into a 10-inch diameter. Brush half of the butter mixture on top of the dough, then layer the ham slices, grated Jarlsberg, and pineapple rings. Fold in the edges of the dough to the center and turn upside down so it looks like a loaf. Take a dough scraper or a chef’s knife and begin cutting slices vertically and horizontally until completely chopped. Use your hands to squeeze bread into a tight loaf and place it gently onto the parchment paper on the sheet pan. Brush the remaining butter mixture on top of bread and place in the oven.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, until top is golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on a cooling rack before serving.

Makes one loaf. 

Which Game Day recipe is your favorite?

About Jarlsberg® Cheese:

In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® Cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg® cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It's all part of the legend...and Norway's most guarded recipe!  Jarlsberg® Cheese is endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem. All Jarlsberg Cheese varieties are naturally lactose and gluten free.

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Sarah Bailey said...

Hands up I absolutely LOVE Jarlsberg cheese, it has such a great taste and I absolutely love all these ideas for making something delicious from it.

Ascending Butterfly said...

I have never heard of Ditalini Pasta before I am going to google it! Those Mac N Cheese Bites look super tasty! NOM NOM NOM :-)

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for the Big Game. Celebrating with family and friends is the best. These are some yummy snack ideas for sure.

Wendy Polisi said...

This all looks totally delicious. I need to make this for the game for sure.

MrsTee said...

I am not a sports fan BUT if watching means I can try these amazing recipes I may need to make an exception this year.

Jennifer L. said...

Omg all these recipes look great! I've already bookmarked the Cheese Mac n’ Cheese Bites for my upcoming party I'm hosting. Can't wait!!

Rachel Catherine said...

These look so good! I want to try making them! I’m sure they’re a hit as an appetizer!

Unknown said...

Okay, these all look great, but those Mac N Cheese bites look amazing! Now I'm hungry! (At 1:45 am. Thank you very much. HA!)

Diana said...

These look so delicious! I want to try making them!Thanks for sharing

JNoteMusic said...

You are like me. I watch the commercials and the halftime while enjoying time with good people and good food.

laborders2000 said...

What great ideas for game day. My fmaily loves game day and eating great food. I really do think they would like this.

Anonymous said...

The mac and cheese bites sound so very yummy! I might need to make those soon.

Nicole said...

I ahve never had Jarlsberg cheese before, but all of these look so delicious! I'm going to have to try some of these out, thanks for sharing!

fashionmommy said...

I must admit Jarlsberg is a cheese I haven't tried. Off to rectify that.

tat2gurlzrock said...

Oh wow! The Brown Sugar Ham and Cheese Sticky Buns look so good!

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