Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Very Nice Addition

Cheese makes a very nice appetizer in the wintertime. Cheese logs and balls offer a wide variety of interesting flavor combinations, and cost half the price of serving multiple blocks of different types of cheese. This is a recipe created for our Thanksgiving celebration. It was served with a variety of crackers, and was very well received. And, it made a very nice addition to the appetizer selection.

Pear Cheese Log

1/2 c. chopped dried pears

2 Tbsp. brandy or pear liqueur

8 oz. shredded cheddar

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 tsp grey poupon

3/4. c. slivered almonds, toasted & coarsely chopped*

Crackers to serve

In a small bowl, combine chopped pears and brandy. Cover and let stand 1 hour.

In a the work bowl of a food processor, combine cheddar, cream cheese, and dry mustard pulsing until fluffy.

Add the apricot mixture and pulse just until combined. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Place cheese mixture on plastic wrap; shape into an 8" log. Press almonds onto sides of cheese log. Wrap in plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator. Serve with crackers.

1-3/4 c. cheese or 1 log.

*To toast almonds preheat oven to 350. Place almonds on a cookie sheet with sides and spread them out. Bake at 350 for 5 to 8 minutes or until the almonds are golden brown and fragrant. Be careful not to burn them.

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