Total Time
20 Mins
Makes 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 2 tbsp.)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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, dates, and pistachios. Season generously with pepper. If needed, stir in a bit more wine until spreadable (mixture thickens as it stands).

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

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