Attention, cheese lovers! This may be the best cheese spread you've ever had! My friend's mother gave me this recipe over 15 years ago. I always make it around the holidays, or for football and hockey game nights. Everyone begs for this recipe. Turn this into a pub spread by adding a half cup of your favorite dark ale. Use brick cream cheese for a spread, or spreadable cream cheese for a dip. Serve with crispy crackers, toast, or bagels.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
8 hrs 30 mins
total:
8 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place cream cheese and cold pack Cheddar cheese in a microwave-safe bowl; slice cheese into chunks with a knife. Microwave cheese in 30-second intervals on high just until softened, stirring between intervals.

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  • Stir red onion, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, paprika, and hot sauce into cheese mixture with a fork until evenly combined; spoon into an airtight container and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  • Remove cheese spread from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

In Canada, I use MacLaren's Imperial Sharp Cold Pack Cheddar Cheese. It is a very hard dry cheese, not a spread. In the US, it would be something like Black Creek(R) Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese (do not substitute with Cheez Whiz(R)).

Green onions can be substituted for red onions for a milder taste.

This can be formed into a cheese log or cheese ball for a nice presentation.

Once prepared, cheese spread can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

116 calories; protein 4.9g 10% DV; carbohydrates 4.8g 2% DV; fat 8.9g 14% DV; cholesterol 30.7mg 10% DV; sodium 200.1mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2015
I make a variation of this all the time especially around the holidays. I use a half cup butter also half as much black pepper and a few Tbsp of beer (or near-beer for those who prefer no alcohol). It is a huge hit and everyone wants the recipe. For US cooks use 1 cup grated sharp cheddar if you can't find the cold pack. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/04/2016
I personally didn't enjoy this too much. I love Worcestershire sauce in my meats and never thought to put it in a dip. It was too overpowering for me so maybe try less. Tasted a bit like barbecue in a way. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2015
I make a variation of this all the time especially around the holidays. I use a half cup butter also half as much black pepper and a few Tbsp of beer (or near-beer for those who prefer no alcohol). It is a huge hit and everyone wants the recipe. For US cooks use 1 cup grated sharp cheddar if you can't find the cold pack. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/04/2016
I personally didn't enjoy this too much. I love Worcestershire sauce in my meats and never thought to put it in a dip. It was too overpowering for me so maybe try less. Tasted a bit like barbecue in a way. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2017
I love this kind of stuff but was unsure of my wife so I made half the recipe in case I had to eat all of it. My only change was substituting green onions for the red using the whites and greens. It was very good and she enjoyed it also. I'll be making this again but adding some crab meat. Our local supermarket sells their own crab/cheese spread that tastes so much like this spread as the base. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2019
Delicious! Love this! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2017
bf said this was an easy 4 recipe.. we enjoyed this with a few modifications.. i used tofutti cream cheese (lactose intolerant) a mexican blend for the sharp cheddar onion powder for the red onion as i was out and subbed chili powder for the pepper and paprika.. we were looking for something to stuff jalapenos with to make poppers.. we had a little leftover and had this on crackers.. i preferred this on crackers.. bf said he liked both.. ty for the recipe Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2019
Very tasty spread. Thanks for posting. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2018
I have made several changes to this recipe for a spicier flavor. I use the basic cheese ingredients and to it add: onion powder cayenne pepper worcestershire sauce 1/4 c butter 2-3 T beer a dash of hot sauce and 3T of smoked paprika. It keeps well in the frig and also freezes well Read More