In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Cheesy Pecan Cranberry Crisps

By on December 15, 2011

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their Got to Be Good Cookin’ segment using ingredients grown and available right here in North Carolina.

Gail Fuller of Raleigh took home a blue ribbon at the N.C. State Fair for this Cheesy Pecan Cranberry Crisps recipe. The delicious holiday appetizer won over the judges in the N.C. Pecan Growers Association’s recipe contest. Usually, the press office gets to sample leftover entries from the State Fair specialty cooking contests. This one, however, was so good that there were no leftovers for us to try.

The crisps are a mixture of Asiago cheese, toasted N.C. pecans and cranberries made into a dough with flour, butter and a pinch of cayenne pepper. The combination of sweet and nutty flavors and the richness of the cheese should be a favorite for anyone who enjoys cheese straws at their holiday gathering. Lisa says each batch makes 40 to 50 crisps.

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without decorations, specifically N.C. Christmas trees. You can find trees at choose-and-cut farms, roadside stands and farmers markets across the state. To find a location near you, go to www.ncfarmfresh.com.

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  1. sherry
    December 20, 2011

    Need to know where You found frozen YEAST LOAVES, have searched all grocery stores
    in Wake Forest,Youngsville and North Raleigh, they all say they have never heard of them-in the past I have made several recipes using these.
    Please tell me to find these as I need ASAP-
    Thank You,
    Merry Christmas
    sherry

  2. sherry
    December 20, 2011

    sherry: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    December 20th, 2011 at 11:42 am
    Need to know where You found frozen YEAST LOAVES, have searched all grocery stores
    in Wake Forest,Youngsville and North Raleigh, they all say they have never heard of them-in the past I have made several recipes using these.
    Please tell me where to find these as I need ASAP-
    Thank You,
    Merry Christmas
    sherry

  3. Paul Jones
    December 20, 2011

    The recipe calls for Rhodes frozen loaf. The company has a store locator on its website: http://rbs41.rhodesbread.com/fmi/iwp/cgi?-db=productlocatorweb&-loadframes. Hope that helps!