GRANDPA KELLY’S FAMOUS HORSERADISH CHEESE SPREADOnly 4 Ingredients!! A cherished family recipe for over 50 years. We make this the week of Thanksgiving and it lasts until New Year’s Eve. One of my favorite family traditions. Skip the store bought bar cheese and make your own!
During one winter break back in college, while visiting my grandparents, a few years before my grandpa passed, he showed me how to make his “family secret” cheese. So shhhh, this is a secret!
I’ve made this cheese for several parties and events over the years. I have also given it as holiday gifts in cute jars. People would always ask for the recipe, but I would never give it out – it’s a family secret after all. Well, I did some googling on horseradish cheese…so much for the family secret. There has to be at least a dozen similar recipes on the internet. So since it’s already out there, I figure it’s okay to share.
Only 4 ingredients and SO GOOD!!! Be sure to have a few containers, this recipe makes a lot and can be stored in the refrigerator from Thanksgiving to the New Year.
Horseradish Cheese Spread
- 2 Pound Block of Velveeta, cut into cubes
- 1 Cup Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise (I only use Hellmann’s for this recipe)
- 8 oz Fresh Prepared Horseradish (drain excess liquid on top)
- 5-6 dashes of Tabasco Sauce
Melt cheese in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a regular pan on medium heat, stirring continuously until cheese is melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in mayonnaise, horseradish and Tabasco. Mix until completely blended. Pour into a small crocks or ceramic bowls. Chill. Serve with crackers. Store in refrigerator. Enjoy!
Ok–Is the horseradish like the Kraft one sitting on the shelf in the grocery store OR the one that’s ground up and in the jars sitting cooler in the meat section??
It’s refrigerated section, Sandra – like this one….there are many brands. https://www.target.com/p/silver-spring-fresh-ground-coarse-cut-horseradish-8oz/-/A-51068371?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000012732781&CPNG=PLA_Grocery%2BShopping_Local%7CGrocery_Ecomm_Food_Bev&adgroup=SC_Grocery&LID=700000001170770pgs&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=g&device=c&location=9010815&targetid=aud-1458285715103:pla-455493619894&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1248099&gclid=CjwKCAiA4veMBhAMEiwAU4XRrxY79mfHOPmToHvBxvsy6cmglfGMZT7akfN1GL6nxcqzd2PD6efTbhoCkRUQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
How long will this last in
Refrigerator. Do Not Freeze.
My first batch is cooling. I did lick the spoon (YUM) and can’t wait to try it on crackers. Horseradish doesn’t age well after it has been opened even tho it is refrigerated (it loses a lot of it’s zip) so if you want the spread to be zesty you might opt for a new jar.
This has been my go to “secret recipe” gift since I first saw it! Making another batch right now!
Smiling ear to ear, Stephanie 🙂
How much of a ‘bite’ does this have?? 8oz of Horseradish seems like an awful lot!! (this, coming from someone that doesn’t like spicy food)
It all depends on how hot the horseradish is, be sure to use regular not extra hot. I have been eating this since I was little and was not a fan of hot/spicy foods until I was an adult.
Can you substitute either Greek yogurt or sour cream for the mayonnaise? I am going to a party that will have people with soy allergies
I do not think that would work, Melissa. The mayo is a big part of the cheese spread, I cannot think of a good substitute.
I found this recipe: https://www.veggiebalance.com/horseradish-cracker-dip/
What are your favorite crudités to serve with this spread? Just put it in the fridge after tasting it warm. Delicious!
We grew up serving the spread with Triscuits and Sociable crackers – but veggies like celery, cucumbers and carrots would be great – peppers too.
Can you substitute real cheese in place of Velveeta?
Lauri – I am not sure. This is how my Grandpa made it and the only way I’ve made all these years. I am not sure about texture with another cheese. You could try – I would just reduce the recipe to 1/4 for a trial run.
Can this be made with another type of cheese instead of velveeta?
DELISH!!!! The whole tribe raved about it!!
Can you do this recipe in a crock pot?
You could melt the cheese in a slow cooker, but it’s easy to just throw it in a pan on the stove – unless you don’t have access to stove, then a crock pot is a great solution. A double boiler is what my grandpa always used. I use a non stick pan on low to medium heat.
No, it can’t be! This is Grandma Jonnie’s secret family recipe I’ve been making for years! Grandma Jonnie gave it to ME, and me only! She always was a li’l’ stinker! Lol
Can I put this in a crockpot>
Yumm, never had that.
How long will this last in the fridge? Or could it be frozen?
Hi Tiffany – It's a spread.
Is this more of a dip (thinner) or a spread that you might use a knife to put it on the cracker?
It’s not thin but not hard – a slight more more firm than cream cheese once it’s cooled in the fridge.