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Spiced Cheese Pâté From the Canary Islands (Almogrote)

Written By: Byron | November 27, 2023
A bowl of Almogrote spiced cheese dip sits beside some slices of bread and some red wine.

Almogrote is a spiced cheese pâté that comes from La Gomera in the Canary Islands in Spain. You can make it with just four ingredients and the result is a rich cheese spread that will be the life of any party. Of course, you can make this for yourself for any occasion — movie night, a celebration, or just because. 

Basically, if you’re a cheese lover (we are!), it’s a must-try. We’ll share how to make this recipe, and then run through which types of cheese work the best.

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Serving:

Tapas for 4-6

Ready in:

2 minutes

Skill level:

Very easy

Serve with:

Fresh bread

A block of cheese is laid next to some olive oil, garlic, and smoked paprika.

Ingredients

For the Cheese Pâté

  • 5 oz / 150 grams cured cheese (grated)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp hot smoked paprika
  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

For Serving (Optional)

  • 1 baguette or crusty bread
  • Crackers

Equipment

  • Cheese grater
  • Garlic crusher
  • Food processor

Instructions

  1. Grate cheese using a cheese or box grater. 
  2. Add grated cheese, minced garlic, paprika, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil to food processor. Buzz for 1-2 minutes or until ingredients are well mixed. 
  3. If the consistency is too dense add more oil, and if too liquidy add cheese.

 

Preparation and Serving Tips:

It’s best to serve this at room temperature or even slightly warmed, and on your favorite bread. Traditionally it’s smeared over slices of baguette. You can store the cheese pâté in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, depending on the freshness of the cheese.

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What Type of Cheese to Use

The cheese that’s typically used in almogrote is called La Gomera, named after the Canarian island. The cheese is made from raw goat’s milk and occasionally mixed with sheep’s milk. For almogrote, cured cheese is used, rather than soft.  

Now, you likely won’t be able to find La Gomera and that’s fine, you have options. Since it’s typically made with goat’s milk, the closest substitution you’ll find is a cured goat’s milk cheese. Alternatively, you can use a cured sheep’s milk cheese or a blend of the two. 

Almogrote Recipe Variations

Some almogrote recipes call for the use of tomato. In many of these, the tomato and garlic are lightly roasted in the oven first, then left to cool before adding everything to the food processor. While this still makes for a very tasty dish, it adds time and also makes the cheese and garlic flavor less punchy. 

We love how using raw garlic and no tomatoes gives the cheese pâté its kick, which ideally a pâté should have. The hot smoked paprika also gives it a distinctive flavor, although some recipes use dried ñora peppers instead. Then you even have some more modern recipes appearing that add cumin and even sriracha!

When to Serve Almogrote

Almogrote is great for serving at parties or when you have a number of people over. That’s because you can make it ahead then just take it out of the fridge when you’re ready and let it come to room temperature before serving. 

It’s not just for special occasions though and it works great as part of a tapas spread you might be making for yourself, a loved one, to take on a picnic, or just to indulge. Once you try this, it will be in your fridge on a regular occasion!

What to Serve with Almogrote

Almogrote has a pungent cheese flavor and is quite strong. It is best served with some warm fresh bread or crackers. Food pairings include green grapes, quince paste, walnuts (raw or toasted), and of course, a good red wine such as a Rioja. We’ve got plenty of information on cheese and food pairing in our types of Spanish cheese article

When making almogrote, it’s best to serve it alongside some other tapas dishes. Here are a few suggestions:

A bowl of Almogrote spiced cheese dip sits beside some slices of bread and some red wine.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 6

Amount per serving

 

Calories

182

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 17.6g

23%

Saturated Fat 6.6g

33%

Cholesterol 26mg

9%

Sodium 155mg

7%

Total Carbohydrate 0.7g

0%

Dietary Fiber 0g

0%

Total Sugars 0.1g

 

Protein 6.3g

 

Vitamin D 3mcg

15%

Calcium 182mg

14%

Iron 0mg

1%

Potassium 29mg

1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

A bowl of Almogrote spiced cheese dip sits beside some slices of bread and some red wine.

Spiced Cheese Pâté From the Canary Islands (Almogrote)

Byron
Almogrote is a spiced cheese pâté that comes from La Gomera in the Canary Islands in Spain. You can make it with just four ingredients and the result is a rich cheese spread that will be the life of any party. Of course, you can make this for yourself for any occasion — movie night, a celebration, or just because.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course appertizer, dip, pate, sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Canary Islands, Mediterranean, Spain
Servings 6 tapas
Calories 182 kcal

Equipment

  • Cheese grater
  • Garlic crusher
  • food processor

Ingredients

For the Cheese Pâté

  • 5 oz / 150 grams cured cheese grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp hot smoked paprika
  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For Serving (Optional)

  • 1 baguette or crusty bread
  • Crackers

Instructions
 

  • Grate cheese using a cheese or box grater.
    5 oz / 150 grams cured cheese
  • Add grated cheese, minced garlic, paprika, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil to food processor. Buzz for 1-2 minutes or until ingredients are well mixed.
    2 cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp hot smoked paprika, 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • If the consistency is too dense add more oil, and if too liquidy add cheese.
    1 baguette or crusty bread, Crackers

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 50gCalories: 182kcalProtein: 6.3gFat: 17.6gSaturated Fat: 6.6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 29mgSugar: 0.1gCalcium: 182mg
Keyword 5-minute recipe, cheese, Dips, Easy tapas, Pate, smoked paprika, Spanish tapas, tapas