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Sinister Spread


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  • For Garlic Pumpernickel Crisps:
  • Assorted fruit such as dark plums, grapes, and figs
  • Mimolette cheese
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 loaves (12 ounces each) pumpernickel bread, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • For Cheddar Cheese Ball:
  • 1 1/4 pounds extra-sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds


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Step 1

To Make Garlic Pumpernickel Crisps:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt.

Brush both sides of bread slices with garlic mixture. Transfer to a baking sheet.

Toast bread in oven until crisp, turning once, 12 to 15 minutes.

To Make Cheddar Cheese Ball:
Process all ingredients except poppy seeds in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl lined with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Unmold onto a plate. Press poppy seeds evenly over surface, rounding top.

Arrange all ingredients on a tray; serve.

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