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Pineapple-Pecan Cheese Spread

Cynde Sonnier’s smooth and creamy cheese spread is chock-full of red pepper, green chilies and crunchy pecans. It’s always a hit in Mont Belvieu, Texas…and a sure-fire way to get the kids to eat more veggies.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    3-3/4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted, divided
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Assorted fresh vegetables

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup pecans, pineapple, chilies, red pepper and garlic powder; beat until combined. Transfer to a serving dish. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • Sprinkle with remaining pecans just before serving. Serve with vegetables.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 100 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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