1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, preferably white
1 stick softened sweet butter
2 teaspoonfuls or so of Dijon mustard (or to taste)
Cayenne pepper to taste
1/4 cup or so of dry sherry
1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans
Garnish: finely sliced chives
Grate the cheddar cheese while very chilled, but then let the grated cheese get back to room temperature. In the bowl of a food processor, whirl the cheese, butter, mustard, sherry and cayenne pepper until smooth and creamy
Transfer to a mixing bowl, cover and refrigerate until needed. (You can do 2 weeks before serving.) Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before serving; fold in the nuts and repack into four 1 cup ramekins of crocks. Dust with chives for garnish
Serve with crackers, or a crunchy vegetable like celery or fennel or jicama.
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