With the Marti Gras season upon us here is an easy recipe to consider for your guests and family to enjoy. This is a popular appetizer at parties and can be made ahead and frozen until your gathering. It looks beautiful on the serving platter.
Curried Cheese Paté
From: Cooking and Gardening with Dianne by Dianne Cage, Monroe, Louisiana
2 (8 oz.) packages light cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese, room temperature
6 Tablespoons sherry
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons curry powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon red pepper
Ingredients for Topping:
1 (8 oz.) jar chutney, chopped small if necessary (cranberry chutney or Major Grey’s)
½ cup chopped peanuts
½ cup chopped green onion (tops and all)
½ cup grated coconut
Ginger snaps or assorted crackers
Directions: Cream together the cheeses with sherry, Worcestershire sauce, curry powder, salt and pepper.
Pour and mold on a large plate or cheese board. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 4 hours. This can be made 2 or 3 days ahead or made earlier and frozen. If frozen, defrost at room temperature before garnishing with condiments.
Garnish in layers with chutney, peanuts, onions and coconut. Serve with thin gingersnaps or saltine crackers.