Planning a party? Cook up some healthy appetizers with Sam’s Club cheeses
Posted Sep 24 2010 4:00am
Last week I visited Sam’s Club headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas where I was dually impressed by Sam’s quality demands on their food partners and the extensive product taste testing they do. Along with their sustainability efforts – from their stores to their headquarters – I have a new appreciation for the company.
While I was there, I had the opportunity to try out their new food offerings for the holidays - and for every day. As a newly hired Sam’s Club Ambassador, I’ll be sharing with you delicious and healthy food ideas and product news from their clubs in the next weeks and months.
Their latest offering is an amazing selection of 24 internationally acclaimed cheeses, like three of Mario Batali’s that are sold exclusively through Sam’s Club - Mountain Gorgonzola from Italy’s Lombardy region, an organic Parmigiano Regiiano, and an Iberico that is made from cow, goat and sheep’s milk. (The Iberico is to die for though the Gorgonzola is amazing, too.)
Sam’s Club is also selling cheeses like Maytag Blue, Fromage D’Affinois (an delectable double cream cheese similar to Brie), Kerrygold butter (a favorite of many bakers) and DaVinci Gouda.
These amazing cheeses are being rolled out over the next few months at select clubs all over the US. You can learn more about the cheeses (including wine pairings and recipes) on the Sam’s Club “Tour de Fromage” Facebook app . The more you take the cheese tour, the more you have a chance to win a trip to Paris! Other prizes include gourmet cheese baskets and the cookbook, Italy: The Country and its Cuisine.
Now I know that cheese may be your Achilles Heel, and something you avoid when you’re trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight. (Me, too!) However, there is a healthy way to indulge in cheese. Instead of eating it by the piece, use it to flavor your cooking!
My friend, Holly Clegg, author of the cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen , suggests serving her Feta Crumble Dip on crackers, in sandwiches or on chicken or fish. I like serving it on precooked whole wheat pizza crusts as a healthy party appetizer. Just spread a thin layer of no fat Greek yogurt, add the dip, slice the pizza into bite sized pieces and serve!