1 (12-ounce) jar herring tidbits
4 ounces Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar
1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, unpeeled and cored
½ slice dense rye bread, cut into 4 pieces
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Sprigs of fresh basil for garnish (optional)
DRAIN herring, reserving 3 tablespoons liquid and any onions in jar; set aside.
CUT cheese into 1-inch pieces. Put in food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped; transfer to medium bowl.
CUT apple into 1-inch chunks and place in processor along with rye bread, reserved herring, herring liquid and onions. Pulse until coarsely chopped and add to cheese. Season mixture with pepper.
SPOON into serving dish and garnish with basil, if using. Serve chilled or at room temperature, along with crackers or party rye bread.
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