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Roasted shallots and feta cheese flavor this simple spread, which makes a great hors d’oeuvre year-round. Here it’s shaped into a spooky spider. Halloween Appetizers

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Black Widow Goat Cheese Log

Black Widow Goat Cheese Log
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 very large shallots, thinly sliced ​​(2 cups)
280 grams fresh goat cheese, soft
113 grams cream cheese, soft
170 grams Greek feta cheese, at room temperature
Black sesame seeds and 1 piquillo pepper, for garnish
Six 6-inch painted twigs, for the spider’s legs
Crackers, flatbread and breadsticks, for serving

1. Melt the butter in a medium skillet. Add the shallots and cook over medium 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 cold, 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. Press the balls together on a serving board to form the head and body of a spider. Cut the piquillo pepper into 2 small triangles and place on the body in an hourglass shape. Serve with crackers, flatbread, or breadsticks.

Make Ahead The unformed cheese mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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