Wednesday, October 7, 2015

From the Kitchen of Bunny and Brandy: Brunch Snacks with The Laughing Cow®

Bunny and Brandy are official brand advocates for The Laughing Cow® in 2015.  While the writers of this blog receive compensation for participation as a brand advocates, all opinions are original to the creators.

Sometimes there is simply too much deliciousness at brunch for Brandy to handle.  Even her notoriously bottomless stomach can be intimidated when presented with a menu full of delectable options.  "The only solution to the dilemma of what to have for brunch is to have everything," as Brandy puts it, "As the great Julia Child once said, have everything in moderation."

It was the spirit of that sentiment that recently got Brandy thinking about miniaturizing some of her favorite brunch dishes so that she could enjoy all of them at once.  Making the dishes smaller also had the added benefit of being perfect snacking foods when having friends over for a brunch celebration, whether it be as simple as watching a game on television or celebrating one's book club finally finishing Finnegan's Wake.

Having attended a whimsical event hosted by The Laughing Cow® a few weeks prior, Brandy already had a good foundation to start planning her snacking brunch.  The Laughing Cow® cheese comes in a variety of enticing flavors, all of which are creamy, rich, bold, and perfectly portioned into single serving wedges.  Inspired by the versatility of The Laughing Cow® cheese, Brandy managed to scale down a few brunch classics in her quest to reinvent snacking, and here below she is presenting the fruits of her labor for all of our loyal readers to share in.

Bloody Mary Bites

  • pearl or cherry sized tomatoes
  • celery
  • The Laughing Cow® Creamy Swiss Garlic and Herb cheese or Creamy Spicy Pepper Jack cheese for extra kick
  • hot sauce

Cut the tops off of the tomatoes and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and core.  Using about 1/3 to 1/2 a wedge of The Laughing Cow® cheese, fill each tomato.  Cut the celery horizontally into 2-3 inch long pieces, then slice them vertically until they are about 1/4 of an inch thick and place them into the cheese so they are standing up like the garnish in a bloody mary.  Top each tomato with a drizzle of hot sauce and serve.

Mini Stuffed French Toast

  • Slices of French Toast, either made from scratch or from frozen
  • The Laughing Cow® Creamy Swiss Original
  • Fruit jam or spread of your choice (Brandy recommends strawberry or blueberry jam, apricot preserves, or pumpkin butter)

Cut each slice of French toast into 4 equal pieces.  On two of the pieces, spread about 1/3 a wedge of The Laughing Cow® Creamy Swiss, then add your fruit spread of choice.  Top with a second piece of French toast and serve.

Two Bite Breakfast Sandwiches

  • Buttermilk biscuits, either from scratch, frozen, or from ready to bake dough
  • Breakfast sausage
  • 4-6 eggs
  • The Laughing Cow® Creamy White Cheddar

Scramble the eggs with a pinch of salt and cook them in a skillet over medium heat until no longer runny.  Cut each biscuit in half horizontally, then cut into quarters vertically so that you have 4 sandwiches per biscuit.  Slice the cooked breakfast sausage into 1/2 inch thick medallions.

Assemble the sandwiches using a little bit of egg, one round of sausage, and a layer of The Laughing Cow® White Cheddar between each ingredient with thicker layers on each biscuit to keep everything together.  Optional: decorate with your favorite toothpicks and serve.

This post was sponsored by The Laughing Cow®, however all opinions expressed are those of the writers of this blog, who for the record, have never met a cheese they didn't like.

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