Cheesy Delicious Small Bites Recipes | Robyns.World

Hosting a holiday gathering does not mean you have to have a full sit down dinner. Instead try making lots of small bites and having a buffet where your guests can help themselves. This is actually much easier for the host as well because you can prepare so much ahead of time and then enjoy the party with your guests. Today I’ve got some delicous cheesy recipes and ideas for you all to include at your upcoming holiday party thanks to Jarlsberg cheese and Family Features! Plus be sure to check out the Jarlsberg Cheese giveaway on their Facebook page!

Get your party planning started with these tips:

  • Keep dishes simple and put the focus on quality ingredients, such as naturally lactose and gluten free Jarlsberg cheese. Best known for the classic wedge available in original and smoked flavors, Jarlsberg cheese offers a mild, mellow, nutty and delicious taste that is perfect for any cheese board and pairing with meats of your choice.
  • Give traditional vegetable sides a special boost to make them party perfect. Basic asparagus gets a fresh twist with this Asparagus Tart, which blends savory Jarlsberg brand cheese and a pastry for a pretty presentation you can cut into squares before serving.
  • Plan your menu with the clock in mind. Choose foods that will taste great for the duration of your party without drying out or loosing flavor, such as this Tomato Gratin.
  • Keep cold dishes chilled by setting the serving bowl inside a larger bowl filled with ice (add some flair by tinting the ice or adding decorative accents).
  • Use burners to keep the heat on warm dishes, or simply rotate in fresh batches periodically.Asparagus Tart | Robyns.World

I so love asparagus and this is a great way to prepare for a party. Make the tart ahead of time and cut into bite sized pieces to put out on the table. If your party is big, make 2 or more, you can put one out whole so everyone can see how pretty it is and serve one cut up next to it. When the cut up one disappears go ahead and cut up the other one for your guests.

Asparagus Tart


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 cups Jarlsberg cheese, shredded
  • 1lb asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper


Heat oven to 400 F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll out puff pastry into 16-by-10-inch rectangle, trimming uneven edges. Place on baking sheet. With knife, lightly score pastry dough 1 inch from edges to mark rectangle. Using fork, pierce dough inside markings at 1/2-inch intervals. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

Remove pastry shell from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Trim asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside pastry shell. Arrange in single layer over cheese, alternating ends and tips. Brush with oil, sprinkle thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Bake until spears are tender, about 20 minutes.

Tomato Gratin | Robyns.World

When I was young I thought I did not like whole tomatoes. I was so wrong! It is just all about the preparation. For this recipe I opt to use Roma tomatoes which are a bit smaller. You could also use cherry tomatoes for even smaller bites! Be sure to serve some crusty bread right along these tomatoes too.

Tomato Gratin


  • 8 ripe tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme (or 4 basil leaves), chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2oz toasted pine nuts
  • 8oz Jarlsberg cheese


Heat oven to 350 F.

Cut tomatoes in half.

In bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper; gently mix in tomatoes. Transfer to ovenproof dish, turning tomatoes cut side up before baking 15 minutes.

When tomatoes are cool enough, remove skins before returning to baking dish. Sprinkle tomatoes with nuts and cheese. Return to oven and bake about 10 minutes, or until cheese turns golden and bubbly.

Serve as bruschetta on sliced, toasted Italian bread or as a side dish to fish and meat.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are my favorite food on the planet. My grandma made the best ones ever! Adding cheesy to mashed potatoes makes them even better. People don’t think of mashed potatoes for buffets or small plates, but they are actually such a favorite of everyone that they really are a great choice. You can serve this whole as dish or plate up onto small plates or spoons as well.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

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  • 4 Large baking potatoes, peeled and cut
  • 1 cup Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 carton sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Heat oven to 350 F.

Place potatoes in large pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until tender. Drain and bring potatoes to food processor.

In food processor, add cheese, milk, sour cream, butter, salt and pepper. Process all ingredients with potatoes until smooth. Pour mixture into baking pan and cover with tin foil.

Bake 30 minutes. Uncover potatoes during last 10 minutes to allow browning.

Sensational Platters

Sensational Platters
Platters featuring savory finger foods are a flavorful and easy solution for holiday entertaining. Simply assemble ingredients, such as those listed below, on a large wooden or slate board and serve. Get creative by adding fig spreads, fresh fruit or other nibbles you enjoy, and don’t forget the toothpicks and napkins. Be sure to take the cheese out of the refrigerator at least an hour before serving to ensure that it is room temperature to bring out the ideal flavor. Never serve cheese cold.

  • Wedge or cubed Jarlsberg cheese
  • Assortment of whole grain crackers and crusty bread slices
  • Italian Genoa salami, coppa or your favorite charcuterie meats
  • Assorted olives, nuts and dried or fresh fruits

Are you planning a holiday party? What kinds of foods will you serve? Which is your favorite recipe from above?


Source: Jarlsberg Cheese