Scardello Artisan Cheese and JJ&B Artisan Spreads

So it’s time to join me on a food adventure where we will tour the top artisans in Dallas that will be featured through Artizone — this week I will be featuring Scardello Artisan Cheese and JJ&B Artisan Spreads.

Scardello Artisan Cheese, rated by D magazine for Best Cheesemonger has a selection that would impress even the pickiest foodie. Rich searches for the best European and local cheeses in so many different varieties that the combinations seem endless.  At JJ&B, Kathy makes magical combinations through her artisan spreads — Apple Pie Jam perfect over ice cream or Sweet Onion Jam to garnish a steak.  It adds the perfect touch of elegance and wonder into any meal or dessert.

I decided to combine their artisan powers and produced two simple recipes.  Using a creamy brie from Jasper Hill Farms in Vermont, the Moses Sleeper has a mild, gentle and savory flavor that taste of milk, hay and butter.  I melted the brie and paired it with JJ&B’s Toasted Pecan Pepper Jam and crackers– a simple, elegant, heavenly appetizer that would serve well for any occasion.  I also made beggar’s purses made of phyllo which I stuffed with goat cheese and JJ&B’s Sweet Onion Jam.  A sweet and savory combination that would please any crowd!

Ingredients for Warm Brie and Toasted Pecan Pepper Jam Appetizer: (serves 10-12)

  • 1 lb Scardello’s Moses Sleeper Brie
  • 1 jar  JJ&B Toasted Pecan Pepper Jam
  • crackers for dipping

Preheat oven to 350F.  On an oven-proof plate, place the Brie in the oven for 5 minutes or until fully melted.  Place jar of Toasted Pecan Pepper Jam on top and serve with assortment of crackers.  Best served immediately.

Ingredients for Beggar’s Purses with Goat Cheese and Sweet Onion Jam: (serves 10)

  • 1 package of Phyllo dough
  • 16 oz Scardellos’ On Pure Ground Goat Cheese
  • 1 jar JJ&B Sweet Onion Jam
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package of chives, blanched

Cut the phyllo dough into 3″ squares and brush with melted butter.  In each square place 1 tablespoon goat cheese with 1 teaspoon sweet onion jam.  Gather phyllo around filling and tie 1 or 2 blanched chives in a knot to close the purse.  Trim the ends of chives if necessary.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until phyllo is a golden brown in color.  Serve immediately.


  1. Posted 15 Oct ’10 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Such beautiful pictures, as always!

  2. Posted 15 Oct ’10 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I feel like I am in food heave every time I visit your site and look at your pretty pics.

  3. Posted 15 Oct ’10 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I LOVE cheese, so this is right up my alley.

    But, I must say your photos are amazing! You are sooo creative! :)

  4. Posted 15 Oct ’10 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    yum, this looks fantastic! great use of the ingredients together.

  5. Posted 15 Oct ’10 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    lovely pictures

  6. Posted 15 Oct ’10 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I love all of these ideas. The beggars purse is adorable.

  7. Posted 15 Oct ’10 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I made pepper jam this summer and now I have another way to use it! I don’t know why I never thought of serving it with brie.. and my bf is going to flip over these purses.. he loves goat cheese!

  8. Posted 15 Oct ’10 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Brie and any type of sweet spread is one of my favorite combos. Too bad I can’t eat brie everyday because I love it.

    What a beautiful way to showcase these goodies, Joy. Always fun to visit your site. :-) Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Posted 15 Oct ’10 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Oh what beautiful food creations these are! I adore the sack you created from the phyllo dough.

  10. Posted 16 Oct ’10 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    These photos are stunning; the cheese and pepper jam you mention are knew to me and now thanks to you, I am eager to try them both! In that order, too!

  11. Posted 17 Oct ’10 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Oh yum! Simple recipe but packed with flavour

  12. Posted 17 Oct ’10 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    The beggar’s purse idea is fantastico- loves it, Joy. We’re on the front page of tastespotting right now together too:)

  13. Posted 17 Oct ’10 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Great photos. And the food sounds great too! Such variety in flavor from the rich brie to the jam to the onions.

  14. Posted 18 Oct ’10 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    I loved this cracker with cheese and spread and also phyllo purses with sweet onions, yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Posted 19 Oct ’10 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Funny, I just saw I think it was Ina doing a baked brie on The Food Network the other day and went … duh, why have I never thought of doing that? It’s so easy & so simple in ingredients but so full of flavor! You’ve re-inspired me to try it! Love this!

  16. Steven Doyle
    Posted 24 Oct ’10 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Scardello’s sells the Caprino Royale goat cheese that is phenominal.

  17. Posted 25 Oct ’10 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    thank you my sweet!

  18. Posted 25 Oct ’10 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Adelina! You’ve made me blush :) Thank you for your words

  19. Posted 25 Oct ’10 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Nadia im a big cheesehead myself :) Thank you!!

  20. Posted 25 Oct ’10 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    :) Thanks a bunch BRIE hee hee

  21. Posted 25 Oct ’10 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    thanks :) !

  22. Posted 25 Oct ’10 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Joy you are sweet, thank you :)

  23. Posted 25 Oct ’10 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Evan!!! Man I’ve never had pepper jam but now I can’t stop eating it -_-

  24. Posted 25 Oct ’10 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I love brie too, it’s one of my favorite cheeses — thank you for always being so kind you are wonderful :)

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