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Homemade Cheese Spread with Kalamata Olives and Fresh Herbs or Bacon

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My version of Homemade cheese spread:

It will make any toast, bagel or cracker happy. This is great at breakfast, or for an afternoon snack, also great to serve as an appetizer with mini whole wheat bagels or sliced toasted French bread.

This is cheese spread taken to a whole new level: fresh Vermont style cottage cheese is blended with mozzarella and sea salt. Blending the cheeses creates a light texture and delicious flavor making it easy to spread.

The history behind this cheese spread came from my husband. After he ate “requeijao” a traditional Brazilian cheese spread, he said that I should try to create my own version of if, using cottage cheese. And you know what? He was totally right. I first made the plain version. And it actually has a very similar taste to “requeijao”. Then I wanted to create different flavors to have for breakfast, afternoon snacks or serving as a party appetizer.

So I thought about Kalamata olives, because I just love the flavor of that big purple olive. Also in addition to the olives, I added fresh thyme and fresh basil. Nothing is better than fresh herbs right? Then, my husband again suggested something: put bacon on it! LOL!

Final results: adding baked uncured bacon (crushed into bits) to the plain spread was a great idea! All the versions of my homemade cheese spreads are delicious.

Check out the full recipe and do it yourself. I’m sure you won’t regret it 😘.

Have a great day!

Fabi

Ingredients for the basic/plain spread:

1 lb (453 grams) cottage cheese.

I used Vermont style

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
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Prepare:

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes.
  • Scrape the sides and blend for an additional 1 minute.

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  • Done! The basic/plain cheese spread is ready!!!

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  • To make with Kalamata olives:

3/4 cup basic/plain spread

1/4 cup Kalamata olives

4 fresh stem of thyme

10 fresh basil leaves
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*Bend for 1-2 minutes.

Here you have some plain cheese spread and some with Kalamata olives and Fresh Herbs!

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  • To make with bacon

Bake some strips of bacon at 400F for 18-20 minutes.

Crush into bits.

Add the bacon bits to 3/4 cup of the basic/plain cheese spread. Mix well with a spoon.

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*Now you have a bacon flavor!

*Keep the spreads in the refrigerator for maximum of 3 days.

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**Serve as an appetizer with mini whole wheat bagels or sliced toasted French bread.

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**Enjoy 😘

*If you try my recipe, please don’t forget to share your pictures with me on Instagram tagging me @fabi_recipes. I love seeing pictures 😊

Homemade Cheese Spread with Kalamata Olives and Fresh Herbs or Bacon

  • Servings: approximately 1 lb. cheese spread
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients for the basic/plain spread:

1 lb (453 grams) cottage cheese. *I used Vermont style

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Prepare:

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes.
  • Scrape the sides and blend for an additional 1 minute.

 

  • To make with Kalamata olives:

3/4 cup basic/plain spread

1/4 cup Kalamata olives

4 fresh stem of thyme

10 fresh basil leaves

*Bend for 1-2 minutes.

  • To make with bacon

Bake some strips of bacon at 400F for 18-20 minutes.

Crush into bits.

Add the bacon bits to 3/4 cup of the basic/plain cheese spread. Mix well with a spoon.

*Keep the spreads in the refrigerator for maximum of 3 days.

** enjoy 😊.

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