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Bit of This and That Cheese Spread

Ever wonder what to do with those pesky little leftover pieces of cheese

in your cheese drawer?

Here’s your answer!!

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DEEZY’S CHEEZY SPREAD

Here are some cheesy ideas for using up bits of leftover cheese. Make a spread out of them!  The wine in this particular spread helps to bind the cheese, but if you prefer, water works as well. You can spread it on veggies or fruit like cucumber rounds or apple slices, or as a dip, or as a topping for cooked vegetables.

Use your imagination!!

What you’ll need:

1 pound of cheese pieces, any kind you have on hand brought up to room temperature

¼ to ½ cup dry white wine, room temperature

2 to 4 Tablespoons room temperature butter

2 cloves garlic, pressed

Small handful chopped Italian parsley

Few drops Sriracha or other hot sauce

Other variations listed below

How to do it:

The amount of butter and wine will depend upon the types of cheeses you use. The harder the cheese, the more butter and liquid you’ll want to put in. But you will be able to tell this by looking, testing, and tasting as you go.

Start by cutting the cheeses up into ½ to 1 inch pieces, or grate hard cheeses like Parmesan, and throw them in the food processor. Put the minimum amounts of the wine and butter in, and the pressed garlic.

Pulse the food processor at first, then run for a minute or two until everything is smooth.

Add parsley, hot sauce, and any other seasonings you want and pulse until incorporated.

Taste and adjust for flavor and texture. Add more butter and liquid to smooth the mixture out, keeping in mind it will firm up in the refrigerator.

If you find the flavors are too strong for you, add a little sweetener or a little more butter.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Serve at room temperature.

Variations:

Once the basic cheese recipe is done, try some of the variations below. Just put in the suggested combinations and pulse the food processor until the desired consistency is achieved.  Keep tasting and adding until you get the flavor you are looking for! Most of the fun of cooking is experimenting!! Enjoy—after all, you were probably going to throw the cheese bits away anyway!

Mustard-Caraway - Add 1 teaspoon of mustard and 2 teaspoons caraway seeds.

Herb - Add ¼ cup of chives or dill and a chopped green onion (scallion).

Pimento - Add a small jar of pimentos, drained

Maple Brandy Pecan – Add about 1 Tablespoon good quality brandy, 6 to 8 pecan halves and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Sun-dried tomato: Add 2 to 3 Tablespoons of drained sun-dried tomatoes (in oil).

Olive: Pit your favorite olive, halve and add to taste.

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