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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Copycat Homemade Port Wine Cheese Spread ♥

One of my favorite all time snacks for the Holidays is Port Wine Cheese Spread, it can be quite costly so here is my homemade version, perfect for those Christmas parties! enjoy! ♥

Don't get me wrong I still LOVE port wine cheese spread, Kaukauna is made in my home state of Wisconsin, so if you are in a hurry make sure to check them out, they have great cheese spreads for Christmas! 

Ingredients ♥

1 lb     sharp cheddar, very finely grated
3/4 c     half and half
1 1/2 tsp     kosher salt
1/4 tsp     cayenne pepper or ground white pepper

1/2 c     your favorite, sweet, port wine
1 pkg     knox unflavored gelatine
1/4 c     parmesan cheese, finely grated

Directions ♥

Using room temperature wine, place in small bowl and add gelatine; mix well. Add parmesan cheese and dissolve by stirring constantly with a small whisk. Set aside and let gelatine form.
Heat half & half in a saucepan until bubbles form around edge of pan; do not boil.
Place grated cheddar in food processor. Slowly add half & half and mix until cheese is smooth and silky. Add salt and pepper.
In a serving bowl, place 1/3 of the cheese mixture on the bottom. Dollop 1/3 of the port wine "jelly" on to the cheese. Using a chopstick, "marble" the port, but not mixing completely with the cheddar. Repeat this step two more times. Remember, the last time you do this step is your "presentation". Swirl carefully!
Chill for at least 6 hours so the flavors can marry. When ready to serve, let come up to [nearly] room temperature. Enjoy! ♥

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