Fromage blanc is available everywhere in its native France, but far less common in America. It is often considered to be like cream cheese with less calories and cholesterol.
The culinary possibilities with fromage blanc are truly endless: you can use it as a sweet or savory spread or dip with fruit, spices, herbs, or extracts. You can even make cheesecake with it! We plan to play with a wide variety of interesting and delicious flavors using many ingredients from our own land.
Here is a quick, attractive, and tasty idea for a snack or hors d’oeuvre using plain fromage blanc. You will need:
1 fromage blanc
1 T honey (lavender honey is great for this)
3 T pistachios, chopped
Crackers or crostini
1. Toast the pistachios in a 350 oven or in a sauté pan over a low flame, stirring often.
2. Arrange the fromage blanc on a nice serving plate.
3. Place the honey inside the corner of a plastic sandwich bag and use scissors to snip off a very small piece of the corner, forming a small opening for the honey to flow through. Use the bag like a pastry bag and slowly pipe the honey on the plate and cheese in a zig-zag pattern or other attractive style. Sprinkle the plate and cheese with the pistachios.
Serve with crackers or crostini.