Port Wine & Cheese Spread

December 17, 2018
11 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 2 hours
  • Serves a crowd
Author Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 8 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup port wine
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1 handful parsley and chives, chopped, for garnish
  1. 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.
  2. To serve, coat the top with chopped walnuts and parsley or chives. Serve with crackers, crostini, or toast points.

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2 Reviews

Karen B. July 22, 2022
The flavor was good, however the appearance was not. As soon as I added the port, the whole thing curdled and definitely was not appetizing. But... I had a brainstorm and put it in the microwave for several 30 second zaps, whisking thoroughly in between each. Produced a smooth very liquid bowlful that firmed up nicely after refrigerating into a nice spread. If I make it again, this is what I'll do. Also, I'd leave out the garlic entirely.
nan September 18, 2020
Gross. Runny even after adding 2 more cups of grated cheese. Colour and texture of something a baby might produce. And too garlicky. Just threw it out.