Pinecone Spinach-Cheese Spread

52  Ratings
  • 20 min prep
  • 2 hr 20 min total
  • Makes 18 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Pinecone Spinach-Cheese Spread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tightlly packed baby spinach leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  •  RITZ Crackers

Instructions

  • Process  spinach, oil and garlic in food processor until well blended. Add next 3 ingredients; process until well blended.
  • Shape  into 4-inch oval on sheet of waxed paper.
  • Insert  nuts in rows to completely cover cream cheese mixture to resemble pinecone. Refrigerate 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator 15 min. before serving. Serve with crackers.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseEnjoy eating appetizers at a social occasion, but be mindful of portion size so you don't overdo it on calories.

Special ExtraMix 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce into cream cheese mixture before shaping as directed.

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

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Nutrition Information

Makes 18 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 190 
  • Total fat 14 g
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Sodium 310 mg
  • Carbohydrate 12 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sugars 2 g
  • Protein 6 g
  • Vitamin A 10 %DV
  • Vitamin C 0 %DV
  • Calcium 15 %DV
  • Iron 4 %DV

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