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Red, White, and Blue Dunk & Slather Board

Red, White, & Blue Dunk and Slather Board recipe || Decadent homemade ricotta pairs perfectly with homemade jam flavors like blueberry lavender and strawberry rose. They make for the perfect snack platter when paired with @crunchmaster crackers. || @thismessisours #glutenfree #vegetarian
 
My grandfather was stationed in Germany during World War II as a cook in the Army. That man’s ability to keep his calm and cook under pressure was unlike anything I have ever seen. He was a big burly guy that could fill a stadium with his presence, but in their tiny kitchen he moved gracefully and effortlessly turning out gigantic southern style feasts for our extended family and sometimes the entire neighborhood!
 
That man could literally cook anything under the sun, and while he completely captivated me whenever he cooked I was most enamored by his breakfast spreads. So, today I couldn’t help but share a little breakfast inspired red, white, and blue dunk and slather board in his honor. 
 
 Red, White, and Blue Dunk and Slather Board recipe || Decadent homemade ricotta pairs perfectly with homemade jam flavors like blueberry lavender and strawberry rose. They make for the perfect snack platter when paired with @crunchmaster crackers. || @thismessisours #glutenfree #vegetarian #spon
 
This patriotic inspired spread showcases some of my favorite breakfast eats like homemade ricotta, strawberry rose jam, and blueberry lavender jam. Along with a household snacking favorite, Crunchmaster crackers, for dunking and slathering to our hearts content! Everything on this board can be made a few days in advance so all there is to do on Memorial Day morning is open a few bags of Crunchmaster crackers and dig in.
 
Blueberry lavender jam recipe || @thismessisours @crunchmaster #vegan #glutenfree #spon 
 
Easy breakfast spreads like this are essential for me on days when I will inevitably be spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I have to be able to quickly grab a snack in between prepping our holiday feast otherwise I will wind up not eating anything at all. Trust me, there is nothing worse than a hangry chef manning the grill! (I speak from experience on this one. Yikes!) 
 
Blueberry lavender jam & homemade ricotta on @crunchmaster crackers recipe || @thismessisours #glutenfree #vegetarian #spon
 
Red, White, and Blue Dunk & Slather Board
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
Homemade Small Batch Ricotta Cheese
  • (makes approximately 1 - ½ cups ricotta)
  • 1-quart organic whole milk
  • ½ cup organic heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Small batch blueberry lavender jam
  • (Makes approximately 2 pints jam)
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 2½ tablespoons dried lavender buds
  • 1 can frozen white grape juice concentrate
Small batch strawberry rose jam
  • (Makes approximately 3 pints jam)
  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
To build the Red, White, and Blue Dunk and Slather Board
  • Crunchmaster Original Multi-seed Crackers and Multi-Grain Sea Salt Crackers
  • honey
Instructions
For the ricotta
  1. Line a fine mesh sieve with 2 layers of cheesecloth and place it over a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large heavy-bottomed pot slowly bring the milk, cream, and salt to a rolling boil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the lemon juice, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring constantly until curdled, about 2 minutes.
  4. Carefully pour the mixture into the cheesecloth-lined sieve to serrate the curds from the whey. Allow to drain at room temperature for an hour before transferring to an airtight container. Homemade ricotta can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
For the blueberry lavender jam
  1. Make a sachet for the lavender by cutting a 6-inch square out of cheesecloth. Then place the lavender buds in the center of the square, gather the corners into a bundle, and tie off with kitchen twine.
  2. Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add the blueberries, lavender sachet, and grape juice concentrate. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, until the mixture jells, about 30-35 minutes.
  3. To see if the jam has jelled yet or not place a tablespoon full of jam onto a plate. Allow to cool to room temperature. Touch the jam with your finger, if it has the consistency of jelly it's done if its still a bit runny cook for 5 more minutes and test again.
  4. To store, remove the lavender sachet and transfer the jam to jars. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
For the strawberry rose jam
  1. Combine the sliced berries, sugar, lemon juice, and rose water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce to a simmer, add the vanilla bean, and cook stirring frequently to prevent scorching for 30-35 minutes or until the mixture has jelled.
  3. To see if the jam has jelled yet or not place a tablespoon full of jam onto a plate. Allow to cool to room temperature. Touch the jam with your finger, if it has the consistency of jelly it's done if its still a bit runny cook for 5 more minutes and test again.
  4. Once jelled remove the vanilla bean and transfer the jam to jars. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
To serve
  1. Place a bowl of ricotta, honey, and jars with both jams on a serving board. Fill the board with Crunchmaster crackers. Serve immediately.
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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.