This recipe by smitten kitchen has already made the rounds among some of my friends, but I just can’t help sharing since it is so brilliant! Have you ever found yourself, especially around this time of year, with an array of cheese leftovers in awkward amounts, a bit of wine, and a few crackers? This is the perfect solution. Fromage fort is a cheese spread made of a smidgen of garlic, shredded cheese (multiple varieties encouraged, some white wine, chopped herbs, butter (optional), salt, and pepper. I was in this exact situation after hosting my family for Christmas Eve dinner last week, then hosting our friends for the New Year’s Eve pre-party earlier this week.
So I made a little fromage. My ingredients were especially strange, but somehow worked. The cheeses included basic cheddar, asiago, parmesan, romano, and english cheddar with caramelized onions (an amazing cheese from TJ’s). I did add some butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and actually a bit of cayenne pepper too. Sage was the fresh herb that I had on hand, so that went in. Finally, I cringed a bit when I did this, but it was the leftover “wine” that I needed to use… I added half a cup of sangria!
Somehow, this worked. I’m excited to see how it develops in the refrigerator too. Thanks to smitten kitchen for this genius idea!