Cheese "Truffles" with Grapes
- prep time 45 min
- total time 45 min
- serves 40 pieces
3 cups (750 mL) shredded Black DIamond Medium Cheddar Cheese
1 package (8 oz/250 g) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons (30 mL) 10% cream or tawny port wine
¼ teaspoon (1 mL) dry mustard
¼ teaspoon (1 mL) hot pepper sauce
40 seedless green or red grapes
1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped toasted pecans or Brazil nuts
2 tablespoons (30 mL) minced fresh chives or parsley
1. In a food processor, beat Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, cream, mustard and hot sauce until smooth. Refrigerate until firm yet pliable, about 45 minutes.
2. In a pie plate or other shallow dish, combine nuts and chives. Form cheese mixture into 1 tbsp (15 mL) balls; insert a grape into each and roll in nut mixture to coat. Refrigerate on a waxed paper-lined tray until firm, about 1 hour. Serve cold or at room temperature.