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Creamy Smoked Cheese Spread

Creamy Smoked Cheese Spread

A delicious cheese spread that's ready in just 10 minutes? Yes! This appetizer recipe idea is easy enough to memorize and quick enough for even last minute guests.

Prep time10 min
Total time10min
ServingsMakes 1 cup cheese spread or 8 servings, 2 Tbsp. cheese spread and 16 WHEAT THINS each.
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives, divided
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.)  Neufchatel cheese, well chilled (See Note.)
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder, divided
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika, divided
  • WHEAT THINS Original Snacks
  • Heat oven to 400°F.
  • Spray center of small shallow baking dish with cooking spray. Reserve 1 Tbsp. chives for later use.  
  • Sprinkle top of Neufchatel evenly with half EACH of the garlic powder, then paprika.  Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the remaining chives onto center of prepared baking dish; cover with Neufchatel, seasoning sides down. Top with remaining garlic powder and paprika. 
  • Use sharp knife to score top of Neufchatel into cross-hatch design, making cuts about 1/4-inch deep. Sprinkle with remaining chives.
  • Bake 5 min. or just until Neufchatel is softened and scored cuts start to separate. (Do not over bake.)
  • Top with reserved chives. Serve with WHEAT THINS.
Recipe Tips
  • Substitute
    Substitute WHEAT THINS Big Snacks for the WHEAT THINS Original Snacks.  Each serving is 2 Tbsp. cheese spread and 11 WHEAT THINS Big Snacks.
  • Important Note
    For best results, the Neufchatel cheese needs to be well chilled as indicated in the ingredient list before using to prepare this easy-to-make recipe. If desired, you can freeze the Neufchatel for just 5 min. before using to prepare this recipe. 
  • Use Your Grill
    Heat grill for indirect grilling. Light one side of grill, leaving other side unlit. Close lid.  Heat grill to medium-low heat. Coat Neufchatel with seasonings as directed; place in small disposable foil pan sprayed with cooking spray. Place on grill grate over unlit area; cover.  Grill 3 to 5 min. or just until Neufchatel is softened, watching very carefully so as not to burn the cheese.  If grill cannot be set up for indirect grilling, you can instead place the filled foil pan on the grill warming shelf to heat the cheese spread as directed.  Please note that the cooking times will vary with the different types of gas or charcoal grills that might be used.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 12g 
   Saturated fat 4g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 20mg 
Sodium 300mg 
Carbohydrate 23g 
   Dietary fiber 0g 
   Total sugars 5g 
   Added sugars 4g 
Protein 5g 
Vitamin A8 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV
Calcium4 %DV
Iron6 %DV
Potassium2 %DV

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