Chris' Recipes

Bon Appetite!

Cheese Spreads

Written By: Chris - Nov• 12•13

Our friend Susanne has served these delicious spreads a number of times while we were visiting them at their home in California.  She’s even brought some to share when I hosted a gathering.  She and Gary own the “Smith Wooton – Croze” wines where Gary is the wine maker.  Some time ago, they provided the recipes within one of the wine club shipments and I finally made them for the first time to serve as part of Bill’s big 50th birthday celebration!

Each is great on Crackers or Crustini’s.  Give them a try, you’ll like them too!

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You’ll need to candy the nuts!

4 Tablespoons Nuts (Pecans or Walnuts)
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
Large pinch of kosher salt
1 to 2 Tablespoons Hazelnut Agava, (because it is what I had on hand or you could use pure maple syrup, corn syrup, etc.)
1 teaspoon Water
You can add a little spice by adding 1/2 Cayenne Pepper, Cumin or whatever spice goes with what you’re serving.

Mix the brown sugar, water, syrup, and salt in a heavy, non-stick skillet.  Bring to boil, stirring and boil for one minute before adding the nuts.  Turn off heat and stir and toss until the nuts are thoroughly coated with a glaze.  Transfer nuts to sheet of foil or parchment paper and quickly separate with forks.  (Or you can easily mix the ingredients and bake on a cooking sheet/stone at 350, turning frequently until browned and coating is melted; about five minutes.)

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Allow to cool and chop, if not using chopped nuts!

Spread Ingredients:

Blue Cheese Spread:

8 oz. Whipped Cream Cheese
2 Tablespoons crumbled Blue Cheese
2 Tablespoons lightly Sweetened Walnuts, chopped
2 Tablespoons Chives, chopped (I used one green onion)
Mix and garnish and additional chopped Walnuts & Dried Chives

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Let cheeses warm to room temperature and mix well with a spatula.  Add chopped chives and chopped walnuts and mix well.  Pack into a serving dish and sprinkle with additional chopped walnuts and chives.

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Cranberry Cheese Spread:

8 oz. Whipped Cream Cheese
2 Tablespoons Wenslydale cheese with Cranberries (because it’s what I had on hand)
2 Tablespoons lightly sweet & spicy chopped Pecans
2 Tablespoons chopped Cranberries
Mix as above and garnish and additional chopped Pecans & chopped Cranberries

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Note: Peaches & Cream, Apricot or Cranberry Stilton Cheese may be substituted for Peaches & Cream!

Thanks Suzanne!

Enjoy!

Cheers!
~Chris

 

 

 

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