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French Quarter Cheese Spread

 French Quarter Cheese Spread
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
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, onion and garlic. Transfer
  • to a serving plate; shape into a 6-in. disk. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Cool slightly. Spoon over cheese mixture. Serve with crackers. Yield:
  • 8 servings.
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.