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Pear and Port Wine Cheese Spread #ImprovCooking

Sharp cheddar cheese with a port wine reduction and fresh  pear combine in this delicious holiday cheese spread  at a fraction of the usual cost.
Pear and Port Wine Cheese Spread

Pear and Port Wine Cheese Spread

By Sue Lau |  Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day today is for pear and port wine cheese spread with the blogging group #ImprovCooking. Our task was to put pears and dairy into one recipe and here it is.

Pear and Port Wine Cheese Spread

Inspiration

My inspiration comes from grocery shopping  during the holidays. I believe I am  an easy mark when it comes to being given samples of cheese and cheese spreads. And like clockwork, the holidays roll around and they are hard at work tempting me with samples.

Perspiration

Probably explains  a little bit of that weight gain. More than the cookies and sweets, I get relentless cravings for party appies. Then all the work burning those calories off. Yeah, I will take a suitcase and move in to the gym in January.

Foodie Wonderland

So my eyes really sparkle when I see all the things I could buy and entertain with at the market.  And if I don’t  make some of that from scratch  the bill at the checkout  is going  to kill me.

The Frugal Foodie

Take that tiny tub of port wine cheese spread for example. It really is easy to  make and for the same price you probably will get six times the amount, with plenty to take over to a friend’s house or give to your doting mother. Or just whip up the whole batch and take it to the holiday work pot luck and watch it  disappear. I mean, don’t be the guy who rolls in toting a bag of salty chips.

The  port wine  in this is not boozy whatsoever. It is made into a reduction which burns off all those diesel fuel fumes some recipes with alcohol can have. And lets the grape flavors shine right through.

Pear and Port Wine Cheese Spread

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Pears and Dairy

Pear and Port Wine Cheese Spread

Pear and Port Wine Cheese Spread

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Pear and Port Wine Cheese Spread

Pear and Port Wine Cheese Spread

Prep Time2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Keyword: cheese and crackers, port wine
Author: Sue Lau

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

Port Wine Reduction:

  • 1 cup ruby port wine
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots

Cheese Spread:

  • 1 pound shredded block cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces soft cream cheese
  • 1 fresh ripe bosc pear peeled and cored
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place ingredients for the port wine reduction in a small saucepan and cook down to one-third cup; fifteen minutes or so depending on your heat; allow to cool.
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  • Chill before serving.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

Pear and Port Wine Cheese Spread

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5 responses

    • Bill loves it. I said to him “I didn’t know you loved port wine cheese so much!” And he said theirs didn’t taste like mine. I’d figure he was working to get on my good side except I tasted it and can concur. I think it’s the reduction that makes it shine.

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