Port Cheese Spread

This EASY port wine cheese recipe is typically served as a spread or in a ball. This flavorful cheese also makes a wonderful gift for the wine-lover or foodie on your list.
 A bowl of port cheese spread sprinkled with parsley and toasted walnuts surrounded by crackers.

What are the Ingredients for Port Wine Cheese Spread?

  • Port Wine – If Port wine is not available, a sweet red wine will work as well
  • Cream cheese – I use full-fat but reduced-fat may be used.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese – Low-fat cheese may also be used.
  • Fresh chives – I use them from my garden but fresh parsley is a good substitute.
  • Salt – I use fine Kosher salt but regular table salt may be substituted.
  • Black pepper – freshly ground black pepper tastes best but ground black pepper may be used as well.
  • Chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds – I used walnuts today but we really like this with almond slivers.

Where Do I Buy Port Wine?

Port Wine is a fortified Portuguese wine and is not typically sold in grocery stores. In my area, Port Wine is only available in full-service liquor stores. If Port Wine is not available in your area, chose a sweet red wine as a viable substitute.

How Do I make Port Wine Cheese Spread?

  1. In a small saucepan [paid link], boil 1 cup of port until it is reduced into a syrup of about 2 tablespoons.
  2. In a mixing bowl [paid link], cream together the cream cheese and cheddar cheeses. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Then, by hand swirl in the port reduction. Do not fully combine.
  4. Transfer into a crock for serving and top with a scattering of chopped walnuts and fresh herbs or roll into a 10 – 12 in log or ball and then roll into the nuts and fresh herbs
Port Cheese is typically served as a spread or in a ball, this cheese also makes a wonderful hostess gift.

How Do I make Port Cheese Spread into a Mason Jar Gift?

For gift-giving, just fill a mason jar or crock with a tight-fitting lid with the cheese spread and adorn with some ribbon or butcher’s string and include a cheese knife and some crackers.
Or if you prefer a cheese log or ball instead, form the spread into the appropriate shape, roll it in the nuts, cranberries, and fresh herbs and wrap it in wax or parchment paper [paid link]. Tie it off with butcher’s twine, holiday ribbons, and a gift tag.
You will instantly bring a smile to someone’s face this holiday season.

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Port Cheese is typically served as a spread or in a ball, this cheese also makes a wonderful hostess gift.

Port Wine Cheese Spread

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
This port wine cheese recipe is typically served as a spread or in a ball. This flavorful cheese also makes a wonderful gift for the wine-lover or foodie on your list.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 319 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Port Wine (for reduction)
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese , softened
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives , chopped & divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans , walnuts or hazelnuts, toasted

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan, boil 1 cup of port until it is reduced into a syrup of about 2 tablespoons.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and cheddar cheeses. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Then, by hand swirl in the port reduction. Do not fully combine.
  • Transfer into a crock for serving and top with a scattering of chopped walnuts and fresh herbs or roll into a 10 - 12 in log or ball and then roll into the nuts and fresh herbs

Notes

Port Wine is a fortified Portuguese wine and is not typically sold in grocery stores. In my area, Port Wine is only available in full-service liquor stores. If Port Wine is not available in your area, chose a sweet, red, Portuguese wine as a viable substitute.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/10 portionCalories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 11gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 295mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 695IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 3µgCalcium: 277mgFolate: 11µgIron: 1mgZinc: 2mg
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9 thoughts on “Port Cheese Spread”

  1. I love port cheese but hate the price in the store. So glad to have found your recipe which tasted great with my favorite sesame crackers.

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