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Old 05-08-2009, 07:54 PM   #1
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Sub for port in cheese ball?

I am making a cheese ball that contains cheddar and bleu cheese, carmelized onions, cream cheese,green apple and pecans and calls for 3T port wine. Anyone know of a substitute for the port, or should I just omit? Thanks!

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Old 05-09-2009, 12:17 AM   #2
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I think it would make a HUGE difference to omit it. I'm not sure Madeira would work. A bottle of port truly isn't that expensive (around $7 or so)and it will last for years once open. If you buy a bottle of port we will supply you with other recipes to use it up!!!
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:32 PM   #3
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can you post the recipe. i have seen other cheese ball recipes with almost all the same ingredients as yours but they don't include port wine. some call for port wine cheese though.
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:09 PM   #4
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Amost every cheddar cheese ball/spread I ever purchased had a dark red wine in it. You could possibly sub Chianti, but I suspect you will like the taste of the Port better.
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:18 PM   #5
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i love port wine cheese. yes most cheese balls have some sort of wine in them as cheese, fruit and wine are perfect partners.
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:38 PM   #6
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I think we need to know why you are looking for a substitution first. If you are trying to make this without alcohol then we might suggest one thing or if it is because of an alergy we might suggest something else for instance.
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Old 05-09-2009, 03:36 PM   #7
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There's no real substitute for port due to its unique flavor profile and touch of sweetness, but the cheese ball might be pretty good with other things. I'd try sherry, either dry or cream. If you don't want to use any alcohol, experiment by mixing a bit of the chess mixture with soy sauce, or Worcestershire sauce. Or just leave it out entirely, adding a bit of water if it seems to need the moisture.
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Old 05-09-2009, 03:59 PM   #8
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me personally, i'd sub cream for port if that's not what you prefer. & worchestershire is great in cheeseball recipes.
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OMG>>> I just love cheese balls, especially the ones that have wive in the recipe... delicious :)
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:17 PM   #10
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I know by now this is moot, but assuming alcohol is not the problem, I'd go for sherry, marsala, or saki.
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