Make your own cheese spreads for parties, family get-togethers or backyard barbecues. In no time at all, create your own cheese spread-recipe by adding almost any ingredients you like. Serve fruity spreads in the summer and spicy cheese dips in the winter or mix it up for fun. Offer a variety of delectable spreads at your next party to see which one is loved the most.
Making Cheese Spreads
Make a cheese spread by combining different cheeses and mixing them together in a food processor. For best results, mix a hard cheese and a soft cheese. Consider mixing cheddar and cream cheese or Parmesan and goat cheese.
Instead of using a soft cheese, consider mixing a dressing or sauce with a hard cheese. Mix mayonnaise with cheddar, ranch dressing with blue cheese or sour cream with Swiss for added creaminess.
Extra Ingredients Add More Flavors
Herbs and spices, both dry and fresh, are easily added to cheese spreads. However, vegetables such as spinach, onion, garlic and peppers add extra flavor and texture. Add in-season fruit like strawberries, mango or cherries to sweet cheeses such as cream cheese.
Mix-and-match ingredients to create your own cheese spread recipes such as barbecue sauce, chicken, cheddar cheese and ranch salad dressing, or beer, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes and cheddar.
Serving Cheese Spreads
Serve thick cheese spreads with crackers or toasted bread. These items are sturdy and can withstand the weight of a heavy load of cheese. Consider serving herb-flavored crackers with cheese spreads that contain herbs or vegetables, while you might rather offer toasted garlic bread with a barbecue chicken cheese spread.
Serve tortilla chips or fresh, cut-up vegetables like celery, carrots or cucumbers with thinner, more creamy cheese spreads. Fill a large bowl with tortilla chips and place a smaller bowl of cheese spread in the center for easy dipping.
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