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Substitute for alcohol in a cheese spread

My friends and I love my mom's 1960's recipe for cheese spread: shredded sharp cheddar cheese, softened butter, caraway seeds, and whisky, brandy, or sherry. I prefer the version with whisky. I have a new friend who is in recovery. What could I substitute so that she could enjoy this spread?

asked by LisaD 5 months ago

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BerryBaby
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added 5 months ago

Have you tasted it without any alcohol? As a non-drinker I find leaving out the alcohol in many recipes is fine.

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Nancy
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added 5 months ago

None will be exact, but each has virtues:
A brewed & cooled smoky tea, like lapsang suchong (it will echo some but not all the smoky tastes in the whisky)
Dealcoholized beer
Dry grape juice
Non alcoholic apple cider...will echo none of the original alcohols, but yes will work nicely with the cheddar

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Winifred Ryan
added 5 months ago

All of those would be great, and if you're just looking to add a bit of moisture to work with the cheese seems as though a dab of cream would fit the bill as well. Good luck experimenting, you may find a solution that adds to your cheese spread/ball!

Nancy
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added 5 months ago

@Winifred Ryan - agree with the cream idea, esp if LisaD's recipe is like the one I use and only has 2 Tbsp alcohol. Then you're replacing moisture as much as flavor.

nance
added 5 months ago

Have you tried adding a bit of heat, such as Tabasco or hot pepper jelly?

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