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Jarlsberg Cheese Spread

Jarlsberg spread

I’m excited to be posting my Jarlsberg Cheese Spread recipe. I’ve taken this cheese spread to several parties lately, and all my friends have asked how to make it.  I told them if they wanted the recipe, they would have to visit my new website. Hey, that’s just good PR, right?  I’m also excited about this post because it gives me a chance to show off my new frog plate. Yep, that’s right, my new frog plate.  

Twice a year, the Tucson (Arizona) Fourth Avenue merchants sponsor the Fourth Avenue Street Fair which has over four hundred artists booths. There’s a wide range of handmade artist’s wares, including everything from fine art to country crafts. I recently purchased my frog plate at the winter fair.  It is made by Penny Allen and Jim Williams of Allen and Williams Pottery.

Jim Williams

Jim Williams Selling at the Tucson 4th Ave. Fair

I have a couple of their rainbow trout bowls , but this was the first time I had seen their frog pottery pieces. I have an attraction to frogs, so I had to have a piece of their frog ware. These little frogs just make me smile. The plate is just the right size for appetizers.   

Frog Plate

Allen and Williams Pottery Frog Plate


Frog Plate Detail

Allen and Williams Pottery Frog Plate

Appetizer Plate

Jarlsberg Cheese Spread and Frog Plate


Enough about fairs and frogs, on with the Cheese Spread.  

For years, I had been eating Kroger’s yummy cheese spread, whenever I was visiting family in Ohio.  I was never quite able to figure out what made it so delicious. Then, a few years ago my sister-in-in law brought some cheese spread to a family gathering, saying it tasted just like Kroger’s cheese spread. I had serious doubts. But in fact, it did taste just like Kroger’s cheese spread, and amazingly it was made with nothing more than Jarlsberg cheese, red onion and mayonnaise. Who would have thought!

 The secret is Jarlsberg cheese. If you are not familiar with Jarlsberg (pronounced “yarls-berg”) cheese, it’s a type of Swiss cheese with a distinctively sweet, nutty flavor and a buttery texture. Tubac Arizona (where I live) is not a culinary Mecca, so I was afraid that I would never be able to find Jarlsberg cheese. Low and behold, they carry it in the deli department of my local Wal-Mart.

 This cheese spread meets all my personal requirements for a great appetizer. It’s quick and easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. What more could you ask for?

Irresistible Jarlsberg Cheese Spread

Meal type Appetizer
Misc Pre-preparable
The best kind of appetizer: simple, fast and delicious


  • 4oz Jarlsberg Cheese (grated)
  • 2-3 tablespoons real mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon red onion (finely chopped)


Step 1. Mix ingredients. Cover and store in refrigerator.

Special Notes:

The proportions of the ingredients are not exact. You can adjust the amount of mayonnaise and onion to suit your taste. It's best if you can make this spread at least a few hours ahead so the flavors have time to meld.

Posted in: Appetizers, RECIPES

1 Comment on "Jarlsberg Cheese Spread"

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  1. Suzy says:

    This recipe looks great. I hope I can find the cheese in
    Just love the frog plate.
    You have such good taste with a touch of class Lisa.

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