The Sauce: Fromage Spread – Thick cheesy spread made with natural cheeses to spread on crackers and toasted baguette slices.
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Fromage Fort comes from the French. You gotta love this invention. Blend cheese end pieces together into a unique cheese spread. Every combination creates a slightly different mixture. Bleu, gruyere, medium cheddar, Monterey Jack, pepper jack, Swiss, brie, gorgonzola, goat cheese and so on. It’s like making Bread Pudding with leftover loaves and crusts or stir frying day old rice into Pork Fried Rice. Never underestimate the power of repurposing a basic ingredient.
By the way, I’m cringing over ‘cheese spread’ because it conjures up visions of processed cheese in jars or pressurized squirt cans. This natural cheese spread is distant from processed unless you count the whirl in your food processor. Maybe that makes them third cousins, twice removed.
Don’t throw away those tasty cheese morsels relegated to the bottom of the bin. With a spin, convert them into a creamy spread for crackers, grilled crostini or toasted baguette slices. Fromage Fort is an easy, economical appetizer for the holidays.
Recipe: Fromage Fort
Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 0 Minutes | Yield: 6 Servings | Level: Easy
1/2 lb cheese ends such as bleu, gruyere, medium cheddar, Monterey Jack, pepper jack, Swiss, brie, gorgonzola, goat cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 clove finely grated or minced garlic
3 grinds black pepper
Special Equipment – food processor
2 Combine cheeses, chicken broth, garlic, pepper in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for a few days. Let come to room temperature before serving so it is spreadable.
Information other hard cheeses come out grainy. Avoid them if you want a smooth texture.
other hard cheeses come out grainy. Avoid them if you want a smooth texture.
Recently I was browsing through the cheese counter in one of my local supermarkets and they had a basket of small pieces of cheese. Each mini wedge or brick was small enough to share a few tastes without making a big investment. This basket would be a fine place to
pick up cheese for Fromage Fort.
Works great on an appetizer buffet or as a first course.
- Exchange chicken broth with cider vinegar or even water.
Inspiration – Helen Horton
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Written by Helen Horton
Photography and Styling by Helen Horton
Updated: December 13, 2013