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Canadian Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread


"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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8 h 45 m servings 116 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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® Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese (do not substitute with Cheez Whiz®).
  • 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

Per Serving: 116 calories; 8.9 g fat; 4.8 g carbohydrates; 4.9 g protein; 31 mg cholesterol; 200 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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 alc...

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 green...

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 barbe...

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,...

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 ...