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Auld Alliance Cheese Spread Recipe

This is used as a savoury spread for nibblies or as a starter. You can spread it on warm toast (either dry or buttered), potato scones or oatcakes.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Spreads and Pâtés



  • There are no precise quantities for this recipe.
  • Take a quantity of roquefort that seems to be enough for the people you will be serving this dish to. Cream it either in a mortar and pestle, in a bowl with the back of a spoon, or by pulsing it in a food processor.
  • Gradually add some Scotch a bit at a time, blending after each addition, until the cheese seems to have taken up as much whiskey as is possible (sic.)
  • Pack into a large ramekin or small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, chill 3 to 4 hours, then serve.


Auld Alliance Cheese Spread is named after the alliance between Scotland and France circa 1300 and 1550 -- the alliance during which, despite the romance still attached to it, France actually gave Scotland a pretty raw deal. Roquefort represents France and the Scotch represents Scotland -- perhaps a drowning of sorrows over how the Scots got taken advantage of? You could if you wish use any blue cheese and any whiskey, but then it wouldn't be the Auld Alliance, would it?
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