This process is almost embarrassingly simple—put cheese in a food processor with wine, a garlic clove, and black pepper; blend. But you do need to cue up your common sense. If there are any rinds that look waxen or suspect (or taste too funky for you), scrape them off. And while a whole wheel of molten Camembert could whip right in, no problem, any harder, aged cheeses like Parmesan should be chopped or grated first. You’ll know. Adapted slightly from the New York Times. —Genius Recipes
Test Kitchen Notes
This recipe is perfect to have on hand during the holidays, whether you're hosting a cocktail party, looking for a quick hors d'oeuvres, or heading to a potluck. Using a hand blender, like the Braun MultiQuick 9, to whip up this dip makes it come together fast, whether you're rushing to feed guests or rushing out the door. —The Editors
enough for about 50 pieces of toast
3 to 4
garlic cloves, peeled
leftover pieces of cheese, a combination of as many hard and soft varieties as you desire (like Brie, cheddar, Swiss, bleu, mozzarella or goat), trimmed to remove surface dryness and mold (see notes)
dry white wine or vegetable broth or a mixture of both
freshly ground black pepper
Salt, if needed
In This Recipe
Place the peeled garlic in the bowl of a food processor and process for a few seconds, until coarsely chopped. Add the cheese, white wine (or broth), pepper, and salt (if needed) and process for 30 to 45 seconds, until the mixture is soft and creamy but not too smooth. Place in a crock, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
Notes: If you use only unsalted cheese or a large amount of unsalted farmer's cheese, for example, you may want to add a little salt. Usually, cheese is salty enough so additional salt is not necessary.
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