Jan. 4 2018 02:20 PM

Three Soup-er Bowl Soup Recipes with Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

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Americans consume an estimated 10 billion bowls of soup a year, especially during cold-weather months. To help you celebrate game day (last year, more than 111 million Americans watched the Super Bowl), Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese offers a selection of out-of-the-ordinary soup recipes. Simplify your life with these three soups featuring award-winning cheeses. You can combine them with the following compatible sandwich recipes to round out your 2018 party menu.

1. To feed a crowd in style, serve Creamy Mascarpone Mushroom Soup, paired with The George sandwich. The creamy freshness of Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Mascarpone brings out the flavors of green onions and sliced assorted wild mushrooms sautéed in butter. The soup is made with chicken broth, Port, heavy cream, and 8 oz. of Crave Brothers Mascarpone. It’s seasoned with dried thyme, lemon juice and ground black pepper. The George sandwich, built with pumpernickel bread and sliced roast beef, complements this rich soup. The sandwich takes on a luxurious note with a bread spread that blends Crave Brothers Mascarpone, horseradish sauce, ground rosemary and softened butter.

2. Serve Roots and Leeks Bisque with Mascarpone Herb Balls, and pair the soup with The Crave Burger. This warming, creamy soup combines Mascarpone with leeks, parsnips, celery root, and rutabaga. Just before serving, the soup is garnished with Mascarpone Herb Balls flavored with minced chives, basil and garlic, along with lemon zest. The soup makes a great accompaniment for robust, Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches such as The Crave Burger. The burger features Fresh Mozzarella Medallions and marinara sauce.

3. Tomato Soup with Lemon-Rosemary Cream complements Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Crave Brothers Mascarpone adds richness to the soup that is made with chicken stock, heirloom tomatoes, and canned crushed tomatoes. Garnish each bowl with a drizzle of Lemon Rosemary Cream made with Mascarpone, cream, lemon zest and minced rosemary, then top it with a small string of Crave Brothers Farmer’s Rope Cheese tied into a knot. Serve the soup with Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Simply layer Fresh Mozzarella slices, thinly sliced tomatoes and basil on buttered sourdough bread slices, then grill the sandwiches in a pan.

Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics are made with milk from the Crave family’s own dairy herd. Their cheese-making facility uses 100 percent green power, and practices water conservation and recycling. Luxurious Crave Brothers Mascarpone is made from fresh sweet cream and offers a velvety texture and rich flavor. The cheese has won more than 27 awards since its introduction, most recently earning a First Place Award in the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair Cheese and Butter Contest in the Soft Spreadable Cheese Category.

Crave Brothers Farmer’s Rope String Cheese is ideal for snacking, shredding or melting and has won more than 28 awards in prestigious cheese competitions. Most recently, it took Second Place honors in the 2017 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest.

In 2017, Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella had the distinction of earning both First and Second Place honors in its category at three major cheese competitions. In August, it won both First and Second Place Awards in its category in the 2017 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest. In July, Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella received First Place and Second Place Awards at the 2017 American Cheese Society Competition. And, at the U.S. Cheese Championships in March, Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics swept the Fresh Mozzarella category, placing First, Second and Third.

For complete recipes featuring Crave Brothers Mascarpone, Fresh Mozzarella and Farmer’s Rope String Cheese, visit the Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese website at www.cravecheese.com.

The Crave family farms 2,500 acres of productive land in south-central Wisconsin, growing soybeans, corn and alfalfa to use as nutritious feed for their Holstein cows. From the manure digester to water recovery, sustainability is top-of-mind on the farm. Every pound of cheese made by George Crave, a licensed cheese maker, is made with milk from the family’s herd. Crave Brothers produces Fresh Mozzarella, Mascarpone, Part-skim Mozzarella, Oaxaca, Farmer’s Rope String Cheese, and Fresh Cheddar Cheese Curds in white, yellow and jalapeño varieties.