This one-bowl cheese spread is like wine and cheese tasting in one easy, cheesy dip! The party-starter spread can be served simply alongside store-bought crackers and crudite or can be made a little fancier by schmearing crostini and topping it off with some crunchy walnuts and fresh chopped herbs. —Grant Melton
sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
cream cheese, at room temperature
butter, at room temperature
walnuts, toasted and chopped
parsley and chives, chopped, for garnish
Place the cheese, butter, cream cheese and dijon into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a Microplane, grate in the garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Turn the mixer on and run until smooth. Scrape down the side of the bowl and run again. This time, add in the heavy cream while it’s running. Scrape down the sides again. Turn the mixer on and this time stream in the port wine. Once incorporated, turn off the mixer and place into a shallow 16-ounce dish. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled before serving.
To serve, coat the top with chopped walnuts and parsley or chives. Serve with crackers, crostini, or toast points.
Grant Melton is an Emmy Award-Winning Producer of the Rachael Ray Show, food writer and recipe developer. He's a contributor to Food52, Food Network Kitchen and Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine. He loves cookies, cocktails and kindness.