For breakfast or brunch, serve a Trader Joe’s Holiday Cheese Blintzes Board! Delicious cheese blintzes with Italian strawberries, sausage, and treats!

Trader Joe's Holiday Cheese Blintzes Board

Want to make the season count this year? I say spend less time focused on décor or appearances, and focus more on the people around you. Which is why I love creating different ideas of “boards” for easy entertaining, like this Trader Joe’s Holiday Cheese Blintzes Board.

Trader Joe’s Holiday Cheese Blintzes Board

I’ve seen the cheese blintzes in the freezer section at our local Trader Joe’s, but I never really knew what they were.

Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes

What are Cheese Blintzes?

Cheese Blintzes are in the freezer section at your local Trader Joe’s. Blintzes are a type of Russian pancake or a crepe, that are very thin. Trader Joe’s blintzes are filled with a sweet cheese, and they are delicious for the holidays, served with gourmet Italian Strawberries!

You can also make blintzes filled with potatoes, meat, or different flavors of jam.

Holiday Cheese Blintzes Board

Our house is not decorated for Christmas yet, because we are going back and forth, working on our fixer upper!

But … in the meantime, I’ve got plenty of holiday recipes to share. I’m so glad the season still means the world to me, even if my home is not all decked out. I think some of our traditions are not going to happen this year, but that is okay!

Hopefully we’ll be in soon, even if unfinished, and get a tree … stay tuned! And hopefully you are following me on Instagram! It’s been fun … I’ve been asking my followers questions like … should we wrap the beam in the master bedroom? I love all the feedback!

EASY Trader Joe's Holiday Cheese Blintzes Board

How to make a Blintzes Board

For this board, you can pop into Trader Joe’s and gather up your supplies!

You’ll find Trader Joe’s Cheese Blintzes, in the freezer section.

Then grab some Adele’s Chicken Sausage, a loaf of Orange Cake, and Streusel Bread Baka.

Oh my gosh Friends, have you tried these gourmet Italian Strawberries? They come in a beautiful white and red jar, marked “gourmet.”

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Then wrap in Black Forest ham your favorite dip or cream cheese mixture. I used a cranberry jalapeno spread.

The rest is all freshness of the season: red and green grapes, blackberries, a beautiful pear.

Then garnish with sage and rosemary!

DELISH Trader Joe's Holiday Cheese Blintzes Board

Breakfast and brunch ideas

Think more about the table time, enjoying meals with others. You can enjoy these board ideas for the holidays.

Crustless Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Mini Christmas Cake Cheese Board

Trader Joe’s Belgian Waffle Board

Breakfast Casserole with Spinach and Feta (Skinnytaste)

Epic Christmas Cinnamon Roll Board

How to cook cheese blintzes

You can cook the blintzes either in a skillet or the oven!

  1. On the stove, heat a skillet on low. Add butter or cooking spray and cook the blintzes on low for about 8 minutes, turning regularly. You can then keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.
  2. In the oven (or toaster oven) at 400 degrees, spray a baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes. Flip over, and bake an additonal 3 minutes. Turn the oven off and keep warm until ready to serve.

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Start a new tradition

As I mentioned, because we’re a little unsettled this year (we’re working hard to get into our fixer upper house this week), I’m letting go of expectations for usual holiday traditions.

Have you thought about starting a new tradition? My friend, Marie, wrote a great post, Christmas Traditions for an Empty Nest. I couldn’t agree more. Change things up, ask yourself, ‘Why is this a tradition? And is it one we want to keep?’”

EASY Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes Board

If traditions need tweaking (not all do, but some really do), then stop and re-evaluate if it’s still working for you. Just by doing that, you’ve created the option for change.

So many of us keep on doing the same thing over and over, when we don’t enjoy it, and others around us don’t enjoy it.

I always say, ask your family every year … do we want to do this again this year?

So a new tradition … invite people over for breakfast or brunch. Whether on the weekend, or Christmas Eve Eve morn, or even Christmas Eve morn … make a breakfast board!

Garnish with a RED PEAR (festive!), berries, sage, and rosemary & serve!

28-inch Charcuterie Board

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Rememember it says it is “not food safe,” so you need to prepare the board by either laying down parchment paper under the food, or you can “season” it like we did.

Here are a few other (affiliate) options:

Courtland Wooden Lazy Susan – 18-inch round. Buy >> HERE 

LAZY SUSAN is a board that spins. It does NOT have a lip, but it’s cool for the center of the table.

Here’s an 18-inch wine barrel wood board or a 24-inch hammered large round tray or a 26-inch stainless steel serving platter that you may also like! Check out the weight on these boards.

How to season a Charcuterie Board

If a wood board says it “not food safe,” you can lightly sand it down with sand paper, and rub down with beeswax and mineral oil.

We used this butcher block and cutting board oil conditioner after we lightly sanded the board down.

Or, lay down parchment paper! Easy peasy!

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Trader Joe's Holiday Cheese Blintzes Board

Ingredients

  • 4 boxes Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes
  • 1 pkg Adele’s Chicken Sausage
  • 1 loaf Pomander Orange Cake
  • 1 loaf Streusel Bread Baka
  • 1 jar Italian Strawberries in syrup
  • 4 slices Black Forest ham
  • 1/2 cup cranberry jalapeno dip/spread, or favorite cream cheese spread
  • Red and green grapes
  • Fresh blackberries
  • 1 red pear, for garnish
  • 1 cup Whipped cream
  • Sage and rosemary, for garnish

Instructions

  • On a large prepared board, place a large plate in the center (to hold the blintzes). Start the baking or stovetop cooking process of the blintzes about 25 minutes before ready to serve.
  • On the stove, heat a skillet on low. Add butter or cooking spray and cook the blintzes on low for about 8 minutes, turning regularly. You can then keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.
  • In the oven (or toaster oven) at 400 degrees, spray a baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes. Flip over, and bake an additonal 3 minutes. Turn the oven off and keep warm until ready to serve.
  • While the blintzes are cooking, arrange the rest of the food items on the board. Place the strawberries, whipped cream, and the cream cheese spread in small bowls.
  • Cook the sausage. Spread the cream cheese in the ham; roll and cut into bite sizes.
  • When ready to serve, place the warm blintzes on the large plate.
  • Garnish with a RED PEAR (festive!), berries, sage, and rosemary and serve!
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Trader Joe's Holiday Cheese Blintzes Board Recipe

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