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Blue Cheese and Sherry Spread (Tasty Tapas or Party Food Recipe)

Written By: Byron | November 12, 2023
Some tapas servings of blue cheese and cherry spread served on top of toasted bread.

Blue Cheese and Sherry Spread is an easy-to-make tasty tapas recipe that will be the ultimate party pleaser! This “recipe” feels like cheating since it’s just two ingredients, but if you love cheese it’s a must-try. And, it’s often the recipes with the fewest ingredients that are the most tasty. That’s because they rely on the best quality and tasty ingredients — that 100% applies to this dish. 

It combines two classic Spanish ingredients: blue cheese (Cabrales) and sherry (Jerez). There are many types of Spanish cheese, and being a country with diverse landscapes and climates, different regions in Spain excel at producing different types. For this recipe, we will focus on cheese from the northern region, Asturias.

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Serving:

Makes 15 tapas

Ready in:

Around 2 hours

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Bread, wine

A wedge of Blue cheese sits next to a small glass of sherry.

How to Make Blue Cheese and Sherry Spread

First of all, since this spread only calls for two ingredients does it matter if you can’t source Cabrales blue cheese or sherry from Jerez? Not as long as you can find similar products — which you most probably can. We’ll explain more about that in the next section and we’ll also share some links to where you can buy Cabrales cheese online in various countries, although buying Jerez sherry will usually need to be done online from a store in your city or in-store.

    • Prep time: 1 minute
    • Resting time: 1-2 hours (recommended)
    • Total time: 2 hours, 1 minute

    Ingredients

    • 5 oz / 140 grams of blue cheese
    • 1 tablespoon of sherry (we used Pedro Ximénez which is sweet)
    • Parsley (optional, for garnish)

    Equipment

    • Mixing bowl
    • Fork

    Method

    1. Put your cheese into the mixing bowl and mash it with a fork until it’s fully broken apart and paste-like. 
    2. Slowly add the sherry a little at a time. Keep mashing and mixing the two together with your fork until combined (around 1 minute). Aim for a creamy consistency. 
    3. Cover the spread and leave it out at room temp for an hour or two before serving (this allows the flavors to meld and will spread easily on bread or crackers). 
    4. Serve with toasted bread or crackers. 

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    How to Serve It

    This is great as a tapas dish to whet your appetite. Serve it with some toasted bread or crackers. You can also serve it as part of a cheese platter or charcuterie board. And for those who order cheese instead of sweets for desserts, then enjoy it as a dessert too.

    Ingredients and Substitutions

    OK, so you obviously need to have blue cheese and sherry to make this spread. But if you can’t source Cabrales cheese or Jerez sherry, you can easily make it with any strong blue cheese that’s creamy and not too hard, and a sherry of your choice. The key is to be able to mash the cheese into a paste-like consistency and let it sit long enough with the sherry mixed in for the flavors to meld.

    Blue Cheese (Cabrales)

    Cabrales comes from a northern region of Spain called Asturias. Much of the region is mountainous with plenty of rainfall so it’s a natural grazing hotspot for cows, sheep, and goats. For this reason, Asturias is well-known for producing exceptional dairy products as well as exceptional stews, delicious seafood dishes, and meat recipes. 

    One of the most famous cheeses is Cabrales, which boasts a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin). It’s a wonderfully creamy yet semi-hard blue cheese that packs a punch. There are two types, one made with cow’s milk and the other a combination of cow, sheep, and goat milk. The result is always spectacular. Combine this salty, pungent goodness with sweet sherry and you’re in for a treat. 

    Where to Buy Cabrales Cheese Outside of Spain

    There are quite a few stockists of Cabrales cheese overseas. If you have a local cheese shop, try there because when we were researching where to be Cabrales outside of Spain, many cheese shops stocked it but offer in-store shopping only or local delivery so wouldn’t cover the whole country. 

    The links below are to online options. 

    US and Canada

    Europe

    Australia

    Sherry (Jerez)

    Jerez sherry is Spain’s world-class sherry that comes from a wine-growing region called Jerez (surprise!). It’s located in the west of Andalusia, and the area is also known for its incredible food culture. In fact, the whole of Andalusia is something of a foodie’s paradise, with most of the award-winning Spanish olive oil coming from the region, as well as a plethora of seafood from along the coastlines, and a rich and ongoing tradition of tapas. 

    Other Spanish Spreads and Sauces

    Here are some more tasty Spanish spreads and sauces:

    • Canary mojo sauces – Very tasty green, red, and spicy red version, which consists of bell peppers, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, cumin, chilies, breadcrumbs, and the green mojo also has cilantro or parsley. Great for dipping, layering on bread, or marinating.
    • Romesco sauce – A game changer. Somehow this sauce is ridiculously healthy and tasty at the same time. It’s super diverse and goes with nearly anything from seafood to pasta.
    • Spicy bravas sauce – Most famous for starring in the patatas bravas tapas, you can also throw this on some eggs for breakfast, in stuffed peppers (capsicums), or with meat — like in this chicken in spicy bravas sauce.

    FAQs

    How long does this tapas recipe take to make?

    • Prep time: 1 minute
    • Cook time: None
    • Resting time: Around 2 hours
    • Total time: 2 hours, 1 minute

    Can I prepare and serve this recipe without resting time? 

    Yes. However, the ingredients meld better when left at room temperature for around an hour or two. 

    Can I use any type of blue cheese?

    Yes. We opted for Cabrales (an Artisan blue cheese from Asturias in Spain), but you can substitute it for any type of blue cheese.

    Some tapas servings of blue cheese and cherry spread served on top of toasted bread.
    Some tapas servings of blue cheese and cherry spread served on top of toasted bread.

    Blue Cheese and Sherry Spread (Tasty Tapas or Party Food Recipe)

    Byron
    Blue Cheese and Sherry Spread is an easy-to-make tasty tapas recipe that will be the ultimate party pleaser! This “recipe” feels like cheating since it’s just two ingredients, but if you love cheese it’s a must-try. And, it’s often the recipes with the fewest ingredients that are the most tasty. That’s because they rely on the best quality and tasty ingredients — that 100% applies to this dish.
    5 from 2 votes
    Prep Time 1 minute
    Cook Time 0 minutes
    resting time: 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 1 minute
    Course appertizer, canape, party food, Snack, tapas
    Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean
    Servings 15 tapas
    Calories 38 kcal

    Equipment

    • Mixing bowl
    • Fork

    Ingredients

    • 5 oz / 140 grams of blue cheese
    • 1 tablespoon of sherry we used Pedro Ximénez which is sweet
    • 1 baguette or crackers for serving

    Instructions
     

    • Put your cheese into the mixing bowl and mash it with a fork until it’s fully broken apart and paste-like.
      5 oz / 140 grams of blue cheese
      Some blue cheese and sherry are mixed in a small bowl.
    • Slowly add the sherry a little at a time. Keep mashing and mixing the two together with your fork until combined (around 1 minute). Aim for a creamy consistency.
      1 tablespoon of sherry
      Some blue cheese and sherry are mixed in a small bowl.
    • Cover the spread and leave it out at room temp for an hour or two before serving (this allows the flavors to meld and will spread easily on bread or crackers).
      Some tapas servings of blue cheese and cherry spread served on top of toasted bread.
    • Serve with toasted bread or crackers.
      1 baguette or crackers
      Blue cheese and sherry spread on bread.

    Video

    Nutrition

    Serving: 30gCalories: 38kcalCarbohydrates: 0.4gProtein: 2gFat: 2.8gSaturated Fat: 1.8gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 132mgPotassium: 24mgSugar: 0.1gCalcium: 50mg
    Keyword blue cheese, dip, Easy tapas, party food, Sherry, spread

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