Clean your cheese drawer to make delicious Fromage Forte. Served hot or cold, no one will know you repurposed cheese + reduced food waste to make a cheese dip into an elegant appetizer.
If you are a cheese eater, you probably have leftover pieces that just sit there…waiting. Probably not enough for a cheese plate yet doubtful there is enough for another recipe.
Fromage Fort, (“strong cheese”) is one way the French use leftover cheese. The beauty of this recipe is that nearly any cheese will do. In fact, the more assortment, the better the flavor. You may use Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan, Provolone, Fontina, Mozzarella, Camembert, goat cheese and blue cheese. I think blue cheese is a must, but a little goes a long way here. Blue can make the strong even stronger.
Cheese with a (re)purpose
Last week I gathered all the odds and ends in the cheese drawer and repurposed it into a cheese dip which is also a company-worthy appetizer. My frugal side couldn’t be happier!
(Check out more recipes and tips to use what you have on hand and reduce food waste.)
Fromage Fort is as versatile as it is delicious.
- Serve it as a cheese dip with crackers or veggies
- Spread it on toasted bread slices and serve at room temperature.
- Top a burger.
- Spread it on baguette slices and then broil for a couple of minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Broil in a heat-proof dish until the top is browned.
- Fromage Fort can also be frozen. Wrap it tightly, thaw in refrigerator before serving at your next soiree.
How to freeze cheese
If you don’t have enough cheese to make your Fromage Fort now (that’s too bad!), freeze cheese in an airtight container. When you are ready to use your cheese, place the cheese in the refrigerator and allow to thaw. For the most part, frozen cheese shreds easily, but when it thaws it crumbles, which makes it perfect of this recipe. Cheese can be frozen up to 6 months.
Looking for something hardier? Use a variety of cheeses in this grilled cheese sandwich.
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Clean your cheese drawer to make delicious Fromage Forte. Served hot or cold, no one will know you repurposed cheese to make such an elegant appetizer.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Cuisine: French, American
- ½ pound cheese, trimmed of nonedible rind
- 1 garlic clove
- 1–2 tablespoons white wine
- dash freshly ground pepper
- dash of cayenne
- Cut cheese into 1/2-inch cubes and grate the hard cheeses, such as Parmesan. In a food processor, drop garlic into feed tube of running food processor to mince it. Turn off machine and add cheese. Pulse 8-10 times. Add wine, pepper and cayenne. Blend until smooth, approximately 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for at least 1 hour for a firmer consistency. This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
- Calories: 110
Keywords: cheese spread, cheese dip