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California Walnut Camembert

California Walnut CamembertA simple make-ahead appetizer that looks like it took hours to make. Serve with crackers, breadsticks, pumpernickel bread and grapes or pears.

Recipe Ingredients:

4-ounces Camembert cheese, softened
4-ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup California Walnut pieces, divided use
1 tablespoon butter

Cooking Directions:

  1. Chop cheeses into small pieces. In small bowl, mash together with a fork or spoon until combined.
  2. Finely chop half of the walnuts; stir into cheese mixture.
  3. Shape into a round and chill several hours or overnight.
  4. Before serving: in small skillet over medium heat, melt butter; add remaining walnuts. Cook, stirring until golden brown; drain on paper towelling.
  5. Press walnuts around sides and top of cheese round. Dust with paprika.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy California Walnuts.