Classic Cheese Spread From Leftover Cheese

Here is a recipe for potted cheese (also called potkäse) made from hard cheese chunks and a bit of liquor.

| August/September 2013

  • Bits of hard cheeses can be used to make a gourmet cheese spread.
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Almost everyone inevitably finds small, dried out or moldy bits of cheese forgotten in some remote corner of the refrigerator. A Danish friend of mine explained to me that you can use these old bits of cheese to make what she called potkäse (potted cheese).

To make this cheese spread, cut off any mold or inedible rind and then finely grate the remaining piece. Put these cheese shavings into a glass jar and cover them with any kind of liquor. My friend’s favorites were aquavit and rum, but any hard liquor will do for this purpose. All manner of hard cheeses can be mixed together in this fashion. Just stir the mixture periodically and you will end up with a yummy gourmet treat that is nice enough to serve as a delightful spread at parties — and all made from leftover bits of food you would have otherwise thrown away!

Marilyn Foley
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Here is a recipe for potted cheese from our food editor, Robin Mather.


3 ounces of butter
6 ounces of a variety of hard cheeses, chopped or grated (no rinds)
3 tbsp of port, sherry or brandy
Salt and pepper

9/30/2013 8:32:11 AM

Fantastic recipe! I didn't know what to do with my leftovers. My problem is that I run out of dip before I have enough leftover cheese for another batch and I do not like to use fresh cheese (it is so expensive).

9/30/2013 8:11:46 AM

that is a ridiculous comment - nobody is saying you have to eat all of it by yourself, at one time. there is 6 oz of cheese - why not complain about that? do you understand how butter and cheese are made?

7/23/2013 7:27:47 AM

Yuck!! 3 ounces of butter & more salt? Why don't you just put the gun to my head & pull the trigger!!!


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