This is truly the best charcuterie board spread you will ever have. Trust me.
An amazingly delicious spread made from sharp white cheddar cheese, chopped pecans, finely minced green onion, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for an unexpected kick.
This is by far the best savory spread for a charcuterie board I have ever had. It has become a staple for all our gatherings and barbeques. We really serve it all our events-it’s just that good.
This is not your ordinary cheese spread. Put it on crackers, hamburgers, bagel sandwiches and the list goes on.
The best thing about this spread is it can be made days ahead of time and goes together in a pinch! I promise it’s sure to be a crowd favorite.
I promise that if you make a batch you won’t be disappointed either.
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The best part about this homemade cheese spread is how totally customizable it is.
- Prefer more heat? Easy enough-just add more cayenne pepper.
- Prefer no heat? Omit the cayenne pepper completely.
- Don’t fancy pecans? Use a different nut altogether.
- Add jam or jelly when serving to make this a sweet and savory cheese spread.
Literally the perfect snack for a Friday night at home on the couch binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix.
Of course, you can always wow your guests at your next dinner party or holiday event too.
This savory cheese spread contains nuts. I like to make sure my guests are aware in case they have nut allergies.
Most people have allergies to peanuts, and while this is pecans, I find it better to be safe than sorry.
Ingredients For Charcuterie Board Spread
This recipe can be made in a bowl or in a stand mixer.
Supplies you’ll need for this recipe
How To Make The Best Spread For Charcuterie Board
Grate extra sharp white cheddar. You’ll need 2 cups. You can use a food processor or a hand grater to accomplish this. I have done it with both. The food processor just makes the process faster.
Wash and chop 1 full bunch of green onions.
Measure and set aside 1 cup of mayonnaise.
Chop pecans (to desired piece size). You’ll need 3/4 cup chopped pieces.
Tip: you can find small bags of pieces already chopped in the baking aisle of most grocery stores if you don’t want to buy a large bag. I prefer to buy bulk bags since I do a lot of baking.
Measure out 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and set aside.
Mix Ingredients Together
- Add 2 cups grated extra sharp white cheddar to a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. I prefer to mix mine in my stand mixer, but by hand works just as well.
- Combine 1 cup mayonnaise with shredded cheese and mix until mostly incorporated.
- Add chopped pecans and mix again.
- Incorporate cayenne pepper to taste.
1/2 teaspoon is recommended and doesn’t offer extreme heat. But add as much as 1 teaspoon if you prefer more spicy.
Ideas For Serving
- Place the cheese spread into a bowl lined with cling wrap. When ready to serve, tip the bowl over onto a serving platter.
- Put the spread into a bowl with a lid or any serving platter desired and cover until ready to serve.
- When ready to serve, slightly warm some jam or jelly of your choice. I prefer raspberry. Drizzle over the top of the cheese spread for a sweet and savory spreadable cheese.
Serving Tip: If you prefer, set in a dish on the side and let your guests decide if they want the jelly or not. Jam can be spread on top without being warmed at all. I just find that it’s easier to drizzle it rather than spread it.
- Serve with crackers, baguettes, or use as a spread for bagels.
- Add to a freshly sliced fruit platter. Cheese and fruit always pair well together.
- Sharp cheddar cheese spread is so delicious on a hamburger with a slice of thick-cut bacon and all the toppings.
- Serve on hamburgers at your next BBQ or tailgate party. Takes a homemade burger to the next level.
There are so many options when it comes to this recipe. I have listed a few ideas below but feel free to experiment and see what you like best.
- Try a different type of hard cheddar cheese.
There are so many different types of cheeses out there-why not experiment? Try and use cheeses that are hard and have a bold flavor.
I have found that they usually turn out better than mild cheese flavors. Bold is better for this recipe.
- Try this recipe using a different type of nut.
I have made this recipe with chopped walnuts as well as cashews. Both were equally as delicious. Pecans are still my preferred though.
- Add some dried cherries or dried cranberries to the cheese spread.
If you don’t want to add jam or jelly to the top or have it on the side, why not try something sweet mixed in? Just make sure the pieces are small.
It seems there are a lot of people these days with nut allergies or sensitivities. It may be a good idea to inform guests that this dish contains nuts.
Be specific on what type of nut. Most nut allergies are peanut and not pecan but you can never be too safe.
Why This Recipe Works
This recipe works really well with many different kinds of sharp cheeses.
Sharp cheeses tend to be firm which is going to hold up well when being blended. The texture of the shredded cheese is still visible in the recipe.
Using it as a spread for bagels is one of my favorite ways to use up any leftover cheese I may have after serving at a party or event.
Have you made this recipe with a variation that was a hit? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your comments below.
The Best Charcuterie Board Spread Video
If you prefer video tutorials, I have made one for this cheese spread recipe.
- Stand Mixer (you can also mix by hand if you don’t have a stand mixer)
- Food processor or Cheese grater
- Cutting board
- Measuring spoons
- 2 cups grated extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
- 1 bunch of green onions
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup mayonnaise (miracle whip does not make a good substitution in this recipe)
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
- Grate extra sharp white cheddar. You'll need 2 cups. You can use a food processor or a hand grater to accomplish this. I have done it with both. The food processor just makes the process faster.
- Wash and chop 1 full bunch of green onions.
- Measure and set aside 1 cup of mayonnaise.
- Chop the pecans (to desired piece size). You'll need 3/4 cup chopped pieces. Tip: you can find small bags of pieces already chopped in the baking aisle of most grocery stores if you don't want to buy a large bag. I prefer to buy bulk bags since I do a lot of baking.
- Measure out 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and set aside.
- Add 2 cups grated extra sharp white cheddar to a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. I prefer to mix mine in my kitchen-aid stand mixer, but by hand works just as well.
- Combine 1 cup mayonnaise to shredded cheese and mix until mostly incorporated.
- Add chopped pecans and mix again.
- Incorporate cayenne pepper to taste. 1/2 teaspoon is recommended and doesn't offer extreme heat.
- Plate for immediate serving or cover and refrigerate for later.
It seems there are a lot of people these days with nut allergies or sensitivities.
It may be a good idea to inform guests that this dish contains nuts.
Be specific on what type of nut. Most nut allergies are peanut and not pecan but it's better to be safe than sorry.
I hope you all enjoy this simple homemade cheese spread. It is truly the BEST!
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