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Pinecone Cheese Spread

Pinecone Cheese Spread is rated 4.357142857142857 out of 5 by 70.
Prep Time
20
min.
Total Time
2
hr.
20
min.
Servings

16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each

Cute, right? Squirrel this recipe away for your next party: A creamy mix of five cheeses plus Dijon mustard and almond slices will have guests pining for more.

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Make It

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  • Process first 3 ingredients in food processor until blended. Stir in chiles.
  • Shape into 4-inch oval on sheet of waxed paper to resemble pinecone. Insert nuts in rows to completely cover cream cheese mixture. Transfer to serving plate.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator 15 min. before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Serve with crackers.

Size Wise

Each 2-Tbsp. serving of this spicy spread packs a flavor punch.

Variation

Prepare using one of the following options: Serve with RITZ Snowflake Crackers. Or, add 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce to cream cheese mixture before shaping as directed.

Make Ahead

Cheese spread can be stored in refrigerator up to 5 days before serving as directed.

Servings

  • 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 180
Total fat 13g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 310mg
Carbohydrate 11g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 6 %DV
Vitamin C 2 %DV
Calcium 20 %DV
Iron 4 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from I used the 4 cheese mexican blend, and it made the cheese spread taste a little gritty. I used the 4 cheese mexican blend, and it made the cheese spread taste a little gritty. ALso, putting the almonds into the shaped cheese was a little difficult. Once I put them in at a diagonal, it was a bit easier. I made this ahead, and put it into a storage container upside down, so that the base of the pine cone was placed in the lid, and the cover was put ocer the top of the pine cone.
Date published: 2004-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BIG party hit! BIG party hit!! I made 4 "pinecones" - one large, two medium, and a little guy. All but the little one were flat-bottomed. They still looked beautiful! (The one shown didn't look as big as all the cream cheese I had, and so I made them "my" way. They are really tasty, and go better with "bland" tasting crackers so the taste of the cracker doesn't diminish the taste of the spread.
Date published: 2007-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this for holiday parties. I made this for holiday parties. I was hoping to have some to take home, but it was all gone. This is great because it tastes good AND looks wonderful. My ball was too big, so it looked more like a tree than a pinecone, which was okay. A suggestion would be to make two smaller balls and place them at different locations during a party.
Date published: 2004-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This looks great to have at a party. This looks great to have at a party. I thought the dijon taste was overpowering so I added more cream cheese to balance it back out, and then added some chopped olives to give more texture that the extra cream cheese took away. Definitely will make it again, but without as much grey poupon as the recipe calls for.
Date published: 2008-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I like the unique flavor of mustard in this recipe. I like the unique flavor of mustard in this recipe. Will cut back a little next time. Added a few other of my tried and true seasonings to taste (Tony Cachere's, garlic powder, and onion powder). Definitely make ahead and chill in between so that it will hold its shape. Received compliments!
Date published: 2008-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This recipe was very good. This recipe was very good. Everyone commented how nice it tasted. While I was making it the amond slices kept breaking, so I ended up chopping them and just rolling the cheese spread into a ball and into the nuts. It still looked nice and tasted delicious. I will definitely make this again.
Date published: 2006-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I thought it was very tasty....but, I don't have a food processor so I used a blender. I thought it was very tasty....but, I don't have a food processor so I used a blender. I couldn't form it into a pinecone so I had to put mine in a bowl. Because no one knew it was supposed to be a pinecone, no harm done, but, I was disappointed. Any idea why I couldn't form it properly?
Date published: 2010-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made the dish for a holiday party. I made the dish for a holiday party. Everyone loved it and it looked just great. But you reallly can't use a blender as you suggest because it does not mix well and the blades can't move well. I did get a food processor for Christmas and I look forward to making this again.
Date published: 2005-01-07
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