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Christmas Candle Cheese Spread

 Christmas Candle Cheese Spread
My sister shared this recipe with me when I was in school and still learning to cook. It's an excellent appetizer that's remained a favorite through the years. —Patty Glasgow, Dresden, Ontario
36 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream,
  • onions, Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce until blended. Form 1/2
  • cup cheese mixture into a 4-in. circle. Coat with parsley.
  • Form the remaining cheese mixture into a cylinder; roll in sesame
  • seeds. Place on top of circle. Cut a piece of red pepper to resemble
  • a flame; insert into the top of the candle. Cut one ring from the
  • green pepper; cut in half. Position one half on the side for handle.
  • (Save remaining peppers for another use.) Refrigerate until serving.
  • Yield: 4-1/2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 70 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.