Having friends and family round for drinks and nibbles is undoubtedly one of the best things about the holiday season. With ample, prior warning of course – so that I can throw toys behind the couch, light a couple of cinnamon-spiced candles, chill the booze and rustle up something quick and tasty.
This trio of cheesy delights is perfect for the season of goodwill and perpetual grazing. Each is quick to prepare and features my favourite member of the Dubliner family, their full-bodied, tangy, nutty, extra-mature vintage cheese.

Cheese and Cranberry Biscuits

These are simple to make and they’re fantastically festive. Make them in whatever shape you like, but stars are extra Christmassy! They work really well under some cream cheese and smoked salmon too. Switch out the cranberries for fresh rosemary for the other eleven months of the year!

Cheesy nibbles Christmas

Ingredients

Makes approx. 24
150g flour
125g of butter
125g Dubliner Vintage
1/2 teasp mustard powder
1/2 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
1/2 teasp salt

1 egg for glazing

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Sieve flour and add mustard powder and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add to processor with the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
  4. Add cheese and cranberries and work into a dough.
  5. Pop the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  6. Roll out the dough and use a cutter or a large glass to cut shapes.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.

Easy Mini Quiche Lorraines

A classic crowd-pleaser, I find it hard to stop popping these bad boys. Lorraine won’t mind a bit if you swap out the ingredients for whatever you have in the fridge.

Ingredients

Makes approx. 12 
1 sheet shortcrust pastry
1 small onion, diced
25g butter
100g Dubliner Vintage
100g smoked bacon lardons,
150mls milk or cream
2 eggs
Salt & pepper

Method

  1. Roll out the pastry. Grease muffin tin, and line with it with pastry circles.
  2. Saute the onion and bacon until beginning to turn golden. Set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk eggs and milk or cream together and season. Add the onion, bacon and cheese to the mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pastry cases.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the mixture has set and browned.
  6. Remove from the cases while hot to prevent the pastry from going soggy.

Cheese & Spinach Pinwheels

Spinach and cheese is a winning combo in my book. These are the easiest of the three and take less than ten minutes to prepare. So oozy and cheesy and delicious.

Cheesy Nibbles Christmas

Ingredients

Makes approx. 12
1 sheet of puff pastry
100g Dubliner Vintage, grated
75g spinach
1 clove garlic, crushed
125g cream cheese
Salt & pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180.
  2. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface.
  3. Add the spinach and the garlic to a pan with a little water. Cook until spinach is wilted, then drain.
  4. Mix the cream cheese, the Dubliner Vintage and the spinach.
  5. Spread the mixture on the pastry and roll the pastry as tightly as you can.
  6. Slice into 12 evenly-sized pieces, using a sharp knife.
  7. Lie each piece flat on a baking tray and glaze with beaten egg. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

You’ve no excuse not to invite the neighbours round now! What’s your nibble of choice? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below.

Have you tried my Hassleback Chicken Six Ways with Dubliner?

If you plan on entertaining over the festive season, try some of these delicious cheesy bites with Dubliner Vintage. Quick, easy and yummy! #christmasfood

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Dubliner Cheese. To find out more about what that means, visit my disclosure page. 

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18 Comments

  1. These all look so yummy! I especially like the look of the cheese and spinach pinwheels. Plus the ‘wheel’ aspect is an added selling point for a vehicle obsessed small child! Your comment about Loraine also just made me lol! 😉 Especially as we often sing ‘Quiche Loraine’ to the tune of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ in our nutty family! xx
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    • Sinéad Reply

      Jolene is firmly in my head now for the evening! 😉

  2. Oh this looks delicious. I am a real cheese fiend and would happily just nibble on a block of cheese so these are right up my street. Yummers!

  3. They all sound amazing. Love the addition of the cranberries in the stars… The thing is, I know I would make all of these and then probably eat them all myself before the guests arrive. Pastry and cheese together in any form is a big downfall of mine! 😀

  4. Ok I literally oooed and ahhhhed through your entire post. I love Dubliner cheese and these recipes are my idea of a tasty holiday treat! I am going to pin your post for the holidays!

    • Sinéad Reply

      Let me know how you go if you make any, Becky!

  5. I love making nibbles for movie nights and entertaining. I love the idea of the biscuits… I’ll have to give them a try!

    • Sinéad Reply

      Yes. Definitely tasty! And bang on for movie night!

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