Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dairy Foods Competition Celebrates June Dairy Month

I can't think of a better way to celebrate June Dairy Month than to sample recipes that utilize dairy products   created by 4-H youth! Yesterday  it was my privilege ( and a very tasty celebration)   to be a judge for the Arkansas Farm Bureau Dairy Foods contest in Little Rock. Judging this competition is tough because these recipes    were actually selected from the winning recipes of county dairy foods contests across the state.  It was a difficult  job because each recipe was soooo good!

Only eight recipes are selected for this contest: 4 in the Main Dish category and 4 in  Party Idea.
Each participant prepares their recipe while the judges observe the preparation. Participants this year ranged in age from 10 to 18 and I must say, watching the 10 year old boy prepare his recipe  was a treat in itself!

Sarah Bunch from Batesville won 1st Place in the Main Dish Category with Swiss Cheese Pie. I'm looking forward to giving this a try   for a weekend supper or even breakfast!

Swiss Cheese Pie

1 cup fine butter cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons melted butter
6 slices bacon,minced
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
4 oz. softened cream cheese
8 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For the crust, combine butter cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press into bottom and up sides of a 10 inch pie pan.

Fry bacon and chopped onion together until bacon is browned and onion is softened. Drain. In mixing bowl, combine bacon and onion, eggs ,sour cream, cream cheese, Swiss cheese, salt and pepper. Mix well. Pour into prepared cracker crust. Top with 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting.

Makes 4-6 serving

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