Shake up tradition this holiday season with this Holiday Cheese & Cracker House, which is like a savory gingerbread house. Get creative with things like cheese, crackers, pretzels, herbs and veggies!
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m not much of a baker or a dessert maker. Every once in awhile, I’ll get inspired and bust out an apple rose tart or some cute little cupcakes, but the ratio of savory recipes to sweet recipes on this blog is probably about 10 to 1. Savory food is my thing, whether I’m developing new recipes, or ordering food at a restaurant. Offer me a cheese course instead of dessert, and I am here. for. it.
So, it should come as no surprise that when Cello Whisps asked me to create a savory holiday house (think gingerbread house, but with CHEESE instead of frosting, and CHEESE CRISPS instead of cookies), I ran to the kitchen to melt some cheese right away.
If you’re also on #TeamSavory, try making a savory house of your own this holiday season. There’s no right or wrong way to construct one – let your imagination run wild! I built my Holiday Cheese & Cracker House out of crispbread crackers, and used a layer of Cello Whisps as the roof “shingles.” Cello Whisps are basically like a cheese frico, if you’re familar with those. Think crispy cracker, made entirely out of cheese and nothing else. I may or may not have also snacked on Whisps throughout the entire house-building process. They’re really the perfect all-natural snack food, because they’re made from just one protein-packed ingredient – CHEESE!
Herbs and green veggies like brussels sprouts work great to form wreaths, bushes and plants to “landscape” the house. Every home needs a little curb appeal, right? Pretzels are helpful for things like windows and doors, and yes, that IS a piece of prosciutto-wrapped cheese as a chimney. The literal glue holding this savory gingerbread house together? Melted cheese, of course. I used melted Cello Fontal to build this house.
An excellent source of protein and calcium, Cello Whisps are perfect for eating as-is, or try them in a salad or as part of a holiday cheese board. To find out more, be sure to connect with Cello Whisps on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cello Whisps. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.