Pinecone Cheese Spread

87  Ratings
  • 20 min prep
  • 2 hr 20 min total
  • Makes 2 cups spread or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Cute, right? Squirrel this recipe away for your next party: A creamy mix of five cheeses plus Dijon mustard and almond slices will have guests pining for more.

Pinecone Cheese Spread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (7 oz.) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. canned chopped green chiles
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  •  RITZ Crackers

Instructions

  • Process  first 3 ingredients in food processor until well blended. Stir in chiles.
  • Shape  into 4-inch oval on sheet of waxed paper to resemble pinecone. Insert nuts in rows to completely cover cream cheese mixture. Transfer to serving plate.
  • Refrigerate  2 hours. Remove from refrigerator 15 min. before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Serve with crackers.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseEach 2-Tbsp. serving of this spicy spread packs a flavor punch.

Variation Prepare using one of the following options: Serve with RITZ Snowflake Crackers. Or, add 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce to cream cheese mixture before shaping as directed.

Make AheadCheese spread can be stored in refrigerator up to 5 days before serving as directed.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 2 cups spread or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 180 
  • Total fat 12 g
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Sodium 340 mg
  • Carbohydrate 12 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sugars 2 g
  • Protein 6 g
  • Vitamin A 6 %DV
  • Vitamin C 4 %DV
  • Calcium 20 %DV
  • Iron 4 %DV

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