Here are a few pictures of some of the treats we sampled.
After everyone went home there were several odds and ends of cheese lying about, and what to do with leftover cheese?
Fromage Fort of course. Fromage Fort (Strong Cheese in French) is a creamy dip made up of leftover cheese, a little wine, come garlic, herbs, and butter. Serve it with bread, grissini, crudite, or make an over the top great grilled cheese sandwich.
This is a forgiving formula.....use what cheese you like or have on hand. Be warned that a strong, funky cheese will dominate in flavor so use them judiciously unless that's what you're looking for.
1 pound (more or less) of cheese. I used a mixture of Pecorino, another unidentified hard cheese, Edam, Brie, and Chevre.
3/4-1 cup white wine, any variety
1 clove of garlic
1-2 tablespoons of minced herbs, rosemary, chives, parsley.....whatever strikes your fancy
2-6 tablespoons of softened butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Grate the hard cheeses and cut or tear the soft cheeses into chunks. Put all the cheese in the bowl of a food processor. Add the garlic, herbs, butter and about half of the wine. Process until smooth. Add more wine or butter if you want to loosen the mixture up a bit. Season with salt and pepper to taste.