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Cheese Spread, California Style

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Cheese Spread, California Style - this is a truly californian version of cheese spread. You can either serve it as a cheese spread or as cheese balls - the choice is yours. This is indeed the cheese lovers pick!
Ingredients
  Golden raisins 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Currants 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Warm water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Cream cheese 8 Ounce, softened
  Sharp cheddar cheese 5 Ounce, shredded (About 1.25 Cups)
  Blue cheese 4 Ounce, crumbled
  Brown mustard 2 Teaspoon
  Chopped fresh chives 2 Tablespoon
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), minced
  Parsley sprigs 1 (For Garnishing)
  Paprika To Taste (For Garnishing)
Directions

In a medium mixing bowl, cover raisins and currants with warm water, let soak 30 to 40 minutes to plump.
Drain well, then chop.
Meanwhile, let all cheeses come to room temperature.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, brown mustard, chives and garlic, mix well.
Stir in chopped raisins and currants, mix well.
Serve in a bowl at room temperature as a spread, or, refrigerate, covered, 1 hour, then shape into a ball and roll in chopped pecans; serve as a cheese ball.
Either way, garnish with paprika and parsley.
Note: Store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Chilling
Interest: 
Party
Servings: 
4

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