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Long before nut-covered cheese balls hit the dairy case, French home cooks were making a delicious spread called fromage fort. The basic concept--blending leftover cheese with a little wine and seasonings--is both thrifty and open to plenty of improv (we like to use our favorite Western cheeses). Here's the method and a combination we especially like.

Elaine Johnson
This Story Originally Appeared On sunset.com

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Recipe Summary

total:
20 mins
Yield:
Makes 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 2 tbsp.)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a food processor, whirl cheese until finely chopped. Add 3 tbsp. wine and whirl until very smooth. Scrape into a bowl and stir in thyme, apricots, and almonds. Season generously with pepper. If needed, stir in a bit more wine until spreadable (mixture thickens as it stands).

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  • Serve cheese spread with crackers, toasted baguette slices, or raw vegetables.

  • Make ahead: Keeps, chilled, up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

127 calories; calories from fat 61%; protein 7.7g; fat 8.7g; saturated fat 4.4g; carbohydrates 4.3g; fiber 0.9g; sodium 241mg; cholesterol 17mg.
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