Buttery Blue Cheese Spread with Walnuts

Buttery Blue Cheese Spread with WalnutsRecipe
Blue cheese and toasted walnuts are one of those amazing culinary matches, but here the richness goes one step further. There's a splash of sherry and a generous amount of softened butter in this cheese spread. Freeze it for up to a month in advance.



about 5 cups (24 appetizer servings)

Recipe from

Southern Living


3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (4-ounce) package crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup diced walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup cream sherry (optional)
1 (16-ounce) round bread loaf
Garnishes: toasted diced walnuts, chopped fresh chives, rosemary sprigs


Stir together first 5 ingredients and, if desired, sherry in a large bowl; cover and chill mixture 8 hours. Let stand at room temperature to soften; or freeze spread up to 1 month, and thaw in the refrigerator for 8 hours.

Hollow out bread loaf, leaving a 1-inch-thick shell; reserve inside of loaf for other uses. Spoon softened cheese spread into shell. Garnish, if desired. Serve with sliced apples and pears or with toasted French baguette slices.