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Buttery Blue Cheese Spread with Walnuts

No recipe image available.A delicious buttery blue cheese spread with toasted walnuts served in a bread bowl.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (4-ounce) package crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup diced walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup cream sherry (optional)
1 (16-ounce) round bread loaf

Garnishes: toasted diced walnuts, chopped fresh chives, rosemary sprigs

Cooking Directions:

  1. Stir together first 5 ingredients and, if desired, sherry in a large bowl; cover and chill mixture 8 hours. Let stand at room temperature to soften; or freeze spread up to 1 month, and thaw in the refrigerator for 8 hours.
  2. Hollow out bread loaf, leaving a 1-inch-thick shell; reserve inside of loaf for other uses. Spoon softened cheese spread into shell. Garnish, if desired.
  3. Serve with sliced apples and pears or with toasted French baguette slices.

Makes about 5 cups (24 appetizer servings).