posted by Pat T 12-02-99 11:35 AM
Brandied Blue Cheese Spread
1/2 lb. blue cheese
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 Tblsp. chopped chives
1 Tblsp. brandy
1/4 cup chopped ripe (black) olives
1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds
Cream together blue cheese, cream cheese, and butter. Add chives, brandy, olives and almonds*.
Refrigerate to allow flavors to meld, but allow to come to room temperature before serving. (May be frozen, as well.) Serve with crackers or melba toast. (Especially good with wheat bread or cracker.) Makes 2 cups, but of course may be easily doubled, tripled, etc.
*The original recipe omits the almonds within the spread, and sprinkles them on top, but I prefer to incorporate them into the spread to begin with, especially when freezing in crocks to use later as gifts.
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