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French Quarter Cheese Spread Recipe
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French Quarter Cheese Spread Recipe

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Topped with toasty pecans, this sweet-and-savory cheese ball makes a festive hostess gift for holiday parties. Says Heidi: “It’s always a hit; there’s never anything left over, and everyone asks for the recipe.” At home, make it ahead of time for convenience, then bring to room temp and serve. Heidi Blaine Hadburg - Safety Harbor, FL
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without crackers) equals 280 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 138 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, onion and garlic. Transfer to a serving plate; shape into a 6-in. disk. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Cook and stir over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in pecans.
  3. Cool slightly. Spoon over cheese mixture. Serve with crackers. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as French Quarter Cheese Spread in Simple & Delicious November/December 2009, p33

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without crackers) equals 280 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 138 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"Probably one of my favorite new appetizer recipes. I took to a family reunion and everyone loved. We do appes for Christmas Eve and now will be there every year, absolutely yummy! Good with ritz, wheat thins."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"the best! make it every year at the holidays."

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"I made this three years ago, and I'm still getting requests for the recipe! I made it exactly as is."

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"Positively addictive - I made this three times in one week! I used neufchatel (1/3 fat cream cheese) with good results. Next time I will try fat-free. I also used minced dried onion rather than grated fresh onion - it tasted best when the onions were reconstituted in a bit of warm water for about 10 minutes and then drained before adding to cream cheese. I also used brown mustard rather than yellow.

So delicious! This will become a stand-by for get-togethers, I'm sure."

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2012

"I have made this recipe for numerous gathering & it is always the first app to go! For a progressive dinner I made the cream cheese portion the night before, molding it onto my serving platter. I melted the brown sugar & butter mixture in a pan that night as well and put it in the fridge. About an hour before serving I took out the cream cheese to let it come to room temp. I heated up the brown sugar mixture for a couple minutes on the stove, added the pecans and poured it over! Done! You won't be disappointed!!"

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