fromage fort

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translation: strong cheese. definitely strong on the flavor spectrum and makes good use of leftover pieces of cheese that might not be enough for anything else. easy to make. and it's yummy!

about 50 pieces toast
1 pound various leftover cheese bits, at room temperature
2 garlic cloves (or more if you really like garlic)
1/4 cup dry white wine
black pepper
1. grind garlic cloves in food processor or hand mince and then add to food processor.
2. add the rest of the ingredients and process for 30 seconds or so, until the mixture is creamy but not too smooth. depending on what cheeses are used, season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.
3. store away in serving size containers, overnight. fromage fort is ready to use now, either as a cold spread on bread or broiled for a few minutes, which intensifies the flavors. use within a week.
the more variety of cheeses that you incorporate, the more complex and the richer the flavor. so add some pungent blues, a bit of salty tangy feta, some sharp cheddar, soft brie or cream cheese to smooth out harsher flavors and whatever cheese bits you have left.

if the mixture is too chunky or dry, add some cream, yogurt or sour cream to thin it. even consider ricotta or cottage cheese.

add 1 tbsp each of parsley and chive to add fresh herbicious flavors. or try shallots or scallions.
blend in 2-3 tbsp of butter (at room temperature) for a richer flavor and a smoother spread.

add about 1/4 cup of dried fruits and/or nuts to add even more texture and contrast. cranberries and walnuts is a good combo for me.
Meal   BrunchCuisine   French
Dish   AppetizerPrep Time   less than 15 minutes
Features   Vegetarian

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