Port-Glazed Walnuts with Stilton

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


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  • Servings: 12
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  • 2 1/2 cups walnut halves (9 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup ruby port
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • One 1-pound wedge of Stilton cheese

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  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.
  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.
  4. Meanwhile, simmer the syrup over low heat until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes.
  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.

Contributed By Photo © Maura McEvoy Published December 2002

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