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Blue Cheese Spread Recipe

When entertaining during the holidays. it's nice to have make-ahead recipes like this. Crunchy toasted walnuts complement the creamy spread.—Carole Bess White, Portland, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Cognac or brandy
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • 1. In a small skillet, saute shallots in butter until tender. Remove from the heat; cool.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cheeses, sour cream, Cognac, salt and pepper. Add shallots and mix well. Line a 3-cup bowl with plastic wrap. Spread cheese mixture into prepared bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 3. Unmold onto a serving plate; garnish with walnuts. Serve with crackers. Yield: 3 cups.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers) equals 141 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 242 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.