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Monterey Jack and White Bean Dip

Monterey Jack and White Bean Dip

22 appetizer-sized servings (about 3 1/4 cups)

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans white beans (cannellini or Great Northern), drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) pre-shredded or grated California Monterey Jack, or substitute a flavored variety such as California Pepper Jack
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

California Cheesy Black Bean Dip

California Cheesy Black Bean Dip

17 appetizer-sized servings (about 2 3/4 cups)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons canned diced jalapeño peppers (adjust to your taste preference)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

Turkey Jack Barbecue

15 - 20 appetizer-size servings

  • Cheese: 1/4 pound California Monterey Jack
  • Meat: 1/4 pound thinly sliced deli-style smoked turkey
  • Cracker: Thin whole-grain cracker
  • Garnish: Barbecue Sauce
  1. Cut slices of Jack cheese to fit the crackers. Top each cracker with a slice of turkey, a slice of cheese and a small dab (1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon) of barbecue sauce.

Italian Sub

15 - 20 appetizer-size servings

  • Cheese: 1/4 pound California Provolone or part-skim California Mozzarella
  • Meat: 1/4 pound thinly sliced salami
  • Cracker: Thin rye cracker
  • Garnish: Peperoncini strip
  1. Cut slices of Swiss cheese to fit the crackers. Top each cracker with a slice of cheese and salami. Top with a small strip of peperoncini.

Cheddar Bacon Melts

15 - 20 appetizer-size servings

  • Cheese: 1 cup (4 ounces) grated California Cheddar
  • Meat: 1/4 cup bacon bits
  • Cracker: Thin whole-grain cracker
  • Garnish: 2 tablespoons honey mustard
  • Optional: 8-10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

Baby Reuben

15 - 20 appetizer-size servings

  • Cheese: 1/4 pound thinly sliced Real California Swiss cheese
  • Meat: 1/4 pound thinly sliced deli-style corned beef
  • Cracker: Thin rye crackers, broken into 2-inch pieces
  • Garnish: Thousand Island dressing
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

Hot Ham 'n Swiss

15 - 20 appetizer-size servings

  • Cheese: 1/4 pound California Swiss cheese
  • Meat: 1/4 pound thinly sliced deli-style ham or prosciutto
  • Cracker: Flatbread cracker
  • Garnish: Spicy mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

Creamy California Guacamole

Creamy California Guacamole

Yields 4 cups

  • 1 package (8 ounces) California cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) California nonfat plain yogurt, drained
  • 4 ripe medium avocados, peeled, seeded and mashed
  • 1 cup salsa verde (green chile salsa)
  • 2-3 teaspoons lemon or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Peppery California Ricotta and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ball

Yield: 2 cheese balls

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) California Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) California Ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) grated California sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

California Monterey Jack and Blue Cheese Football

California Monterey Jack and Blue Cheese Football

Yield 1 football

  • 2/3 cup (6 ounces) California Cream Cheese
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) grated California Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) crumbled California Blue Cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
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