If you’re fortunate to live near a Costco food store, then you know how delicious the food is. Most weekdays they entice you to buy even more with lots of food tasting stations. This is especially true on the weekends when they seem to double the number of tasting stations. Often I come home with at least one food item that I had tasted. This was true for their cranberry walnut round bread which is normally available during the Christmas holiday season.
To my pleasant surprise, Costco made the bread available prior to the Easter holiday. I was able to get an early start on one of my favorite Costco snacks. I wanted to share it with you. It’s great for a snack, lunch, dinner, and even sharing with guests.
Cranberry Walnut Round Bread, a Kirkland (Costco) brand
Oven-roasted rosemary ham called Rosmarino by Citterio. The ham is coated with rosemary and garlic and thinly sliced.
Goat cheese, made with 100% goat milk, from Kirkland
For the wine, I particularly love Chateau Ste Michelle, Harvest Select. It’s a riesling made out of the Columbia Valley in Washington State, the U.S. It’s a sweet riesling “crafted to highlight fresh flavors and aromas of ripe peaches. . . .”
For my taste, I don’t add butter to the bread. If you can’t find these ingredients in your area, I hope you are inspired to find substitutes or even make your own. If fresh cranberries are out of season, use dried ones to make your own bread. For the baked ham, season the outside well with dried rosemary and lots of garlic. Be inspired to add even another herb. Allow the ham to refrigerate overnight and then bake accordingly based on weight and temperature. Slice the ham very thin after it is ready to eat.
For the goat cheese, well, there simply is no substitute. The one I had purchased was made out of Wisconsin for Costco. Just look for a goat cheese that is made 100% with goat milk. Of course, if you live in France where a good goat cheese is readily available, you’re very lucky.