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Cheese spread recipes are some of the oldest recipes in existence. The first recorded cheese spread recipe is from the Roman cookbook, Apicius, which dates back to the 1st century AD. This early recipe is for a spread made with sheep's milk cheese, crushed nuts, and honey.
Cheese spreads became popular in the Middle Ages as a way to extend the shelf life of cheese. By adding spices and other ingredients, the cheese would last longer and be more flavorful. Popular spices in medieval cheese spreads included cloves, nutmeg, and pepper.
Cheese spreads were also a way to use up leftover cheese that was starting to go bad. Rather than throwing it out, the cheese would be combined with other ingredients to make a spreadable paste.
When making cheese spread, it's important to select a variety of cheeses that pair well together. A good combination is to mix a sharp cheddar, a mild cheddar, and a cream cheese. Also, it's important to add additional flavorings such as spices, herbs, and nuts to give the spread an extra dimension of flavor. Finally, it's important to mix the cheeses and seasonings together thoroughly to ensure that all of the flavors are evenly distributed.
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