Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sun-Dried Tomato & Smoked Mozzarella Cheese Spread

(about 1 1/2 cups)




If you have a food processor handy, then this cheese spread will come together in practically no time at all. The sun-dried tomato and smoked mozzarella are absolutely terrific together.

8 oz cream cheese, cut up
4 oz *smoked mozzarella (see note below)
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil and drained
1/4 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh garlic, or to taste
2 pinches cayenne pepper
salt, to taste

Place all of the ingredients, except the salt into the bowl of a food processor.


Run the motor until everything is well combined. You might have to stop and scrape down the sides once or twice. *I used a very soft, smoked mozzarella cheese from Trader Joe's. If you use a firmer type mozzarella, you might want to add a small amount of olive oil (from the sun-dried tomatoes), sour cream, plain yogurt, white wine or milk, if the processed spread seems too thick. Anything you have on hand to thin it out a bit.

Taste, and add salt and more garlic if needed. Pulse a few more times to combine thoroughly.

This spread tastes best if allowed to sit for an hour or two before serving. It will keep refrigerated for about a week or so.

3 comments:

Zoey said...

This looks so delicious! I have to try it. Love spreads like this. Very interesting recipe

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

Thanks, Zoey!

Delectably Green said...

This is making an appearance on New Year's Eve with drinks before dinner - YUM!
Mary

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