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Recipe of the Month - Halloween Style!



  • 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
  • 4 large (2 cups) shallots, thinly sliced
  • 10 ounce(s) fresh goat cheese, softened
  • 4 ounce(s) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounce(s) Greek feta cheese, at room temperature
  • Black sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 1 Piquillo pepper, for garnish
  • 6 (6 inches each) painted twigs, for spider legs
  • Crackers, flat breads, and bread sticks, for serving




  1. In a medium skillet, melt the butter. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Scrape the shallots into a food processor and let cool. Add the goat cheese, cream cheese, and feta, and puree until smooth. Scrape the cheese into a bowl and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
  2. Shape one third of the cheese mixture into a ball and roll in black sesame seeds to coat; shape the remaining two-thirds into a larger ball and coat with black sesame seeds. On a serving board, press the balls together to form the head and body of a spider. Cut the piquillo pepper into 2 small triangles and place them on the body in an hourglass shape. Serve with crackers, flat breads, or bread sticks. 


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