Fireside Cheese Spread Recipe
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Fireside Cheese Spread Recipe

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When our family and friends get together for holidays or other occasions, I serve this appetizer. It's always a success. If you prefer, try a Swiss cheese spread instead of the cheddar. And, if you enjoy garlic, substitute a small clove of minced garlic for the garlic powder. —Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson, Lusby, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 1 container (16 ounces) cheddar cheese spread, softened
  • 2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Snipped fresh parsley
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 95 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a medium bowl, combine cheese spread, cream cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Blend thoroughly. Chill at least 3 hours or overnight. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley. Serve with crackers. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Fireside Cheese Spread in Country February/March 1993, p51

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Cuseandrea User ID: 8433888 257253
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2016

"Made this to bring to Thanksgiving dinner and it was excellent. Adults and kids loved it, and I'll definitely make it again and again. I used an eclectic mixer to mix all of the ingredients, because even though I let the cream cheese and butter soften, it was extremely hard to mix by hand. It's a thick dip, so you'll need to serve it with hearty crackers (I used Town House Pita crackers) or pretzels, maybe carrot sticks."

camel2 User ID: 595570 244953
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"We have used this recipe for many years and it is always a hit. Just for variety I use port wine cheese or a combination of the Cheddar and Port Wine and this year I used part Asiago. Great Recipe"

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 241019
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

"This was pretty good! You definitely have to let it sit because when I tried it right after making it, it didn't taste too great. I think next time I will try a different cheese spread and maybe add more Worcestershire sauce (personal preference). I did cut the recipe in half for just my husband and me, but it was still a LOT. May try to cut it down even more next time."

Kitty63 User ID: 730846 240720
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"Delicious!! I used 3 cloves fresh garlic, and added dried chives because I forgot to buy parsley. I also omitted the butter, but it might have been easier to hand-mix had I added it. I was just trying to reduce the fat content. So yummy!!"

evey8 User ID: 7598098 201490
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"This looks like just the recipe I've been looking for. Thanks :-)!"

AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 34939
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"easy recipe. At first I was put off by having to waste a whole package of perfectly good cheese spread on a recipe that I did not know would turn out. However, sometimes you need just an easy, different and tasty treat. Texture is fluffy and we liked with Triscuits and pretzels the best. Would be great for a party or we made and enjoyed for our weekend of football. Until you know for sure you like this recipe, I would consider cutting this in half as it makes ALOT of cheese spread. We will do this again."

raemargaret User ID: 2790732 13160
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013


crazycatlady58 User ID: 1679793 34935
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"I love this recipe it is fast and very tasty."

Blessings1943 User ID: 6585416 14009
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"Try smoked Spanish paprika for more depth of flavor. Easily found online, and makes many dishes more interesting."

jossgirl User ID: 5448034 34933
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

" This is a very tasty spread that my guests like a lot - however, I would not hesitate to make a substitution or two if I were out of an ingredient, or just wanted a little different flavor on occasion. For example, I like finely chopped nuts in my cheese spreads."

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