© Maura McEvoy
Active Time
15 MIN
Total Time
35 MIN
Yield
Serves : 12

Encourage guests to cut off small chunks of the Stilton and dip them in the port syrup.    Cocktail Party Recipes  

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar, port, pepper and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.

Step 3    

Add the walnuts to the saucepan, stirring to evenly coat them. Using a slotted spoon, drain the nuts very well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the walnuts on it in a single layer. Bake for 12 minutes, stirring once, or until the nuts are mostly dry; let cool. Separate any nuts that stick together.

Step 4    

Meanwhile, simmer the syrup over low heat until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes.

Step 5    

Set the Stilton on a serving platter and place the walnuts in a separate bowl. Drizzle the port syrup over the cheese and serve with the nuts.

Make Ahead

The nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 day. The port syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 day; rewarm before serving.

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