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Pinecone-Shaped Blue Cheese Spread

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + chilling

Makes

3-1/2 cups

This savory pinecone is a blend of delicious cheeses and herbs. Topped with plenty of almonds, it makes an impressive and welcoming appetizer. —Kathy Johnson Council Bluffs, Iowa

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups process cheese sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon diced pimientos
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups unblanched almonds, toasted
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs, optional
  • Assorted crackers or fresh vegetables

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, cheese sauce and blue cheese until smooth. Stir in the onions, pimientos and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
  2. On a serving platter, form cheese spread into a pinecone shape. Beginning at a narrow end, arrange almonds in rows. Garnish with rosemary if desired. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 123 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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