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Holiday Fiesta Spread

Holiday Fiesta Spread recipe
photo by:kraft
This recipe was such a hit that it is on demand for many occasions. Obviously the Christmas tree shape is optional. It's super easy but so delicious.
posted by
 a cook
on 9/11/2013
time
prep:
30 min
total:
1 hr 30 min
servings
total:
28 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each
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What You Need

2
pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1
cup  KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese, divided
1
pkg.  (1-1/4 oz.) TACO BELL® Taco Seasoning Mix
3/4
cup  BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/2
cup  chopped avocados
2
Tbsp.  sliced black olives
1
Tbsp.  chopped red peppers
2
 thin wheat snack crackers
 RITZ Snowflake Crackers

Make It

MIX cream cheese, 1/2 cup shredded cheese and seasoning mix; spread into Christmas tree shape on 10-inch plate. Top with sour cream to within 1/4 inch of edges. Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese around edges. Refrigerate 1 hour.

REMOVE cheese spread from refrigerator about 15 min. before serving. Decorate with avocados, olives and peppers to resemble garland, lights and ornaments. Place crackers at bottom of tree for the trunk.

SERVE with the RITZ Crackers.

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Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
Since this seasonal spread makes 28 servings, it's great to serve at a special occasion, such as a family party.
Special Extra
Top this festive tree-shaped holiday spread with a red pepper star. Just cut a piece of red pepper into a star shape using a 1-1/2-inch star-shaped cookie cutter. Or, cut the star from a KRAFT Singles.
Substitute
Substitute prepared guacamole for the chopped avocados. Use a small spoon to make the garland with the guacamole. Or, spoon guacamole into a small reasealable plastic bag. Cut a small piece from 1 bottom corner of bag and use to pipe the guacamole onto the cheese spread.
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