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French Quarter Cheese Spread Recipe

French Quarter Cheese Spread Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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 Jul. 27, 2015


Reviewed Jun. 9, 2015

"This is a family favorite for all our family gatherings!! It's a must!"

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!!"

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"I have had nothing but requests for this recipe. Thank you for sharing. It was enjoyed by all."

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"This is one of the best and easiest recipies I've tried. Everyone who's tried it has raved about it's taste and asks for the recipe. I enjoy bringing it to social gatherings."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"My family loved this spread. It has been served at every gathering we've had since the first time we tried it. So good!"

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Delicious! Our entire family gobbled this up on Easter!"

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011


Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"Delicious! I loved the sweet/savory flavor and would definitely make it again!"

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"Excellent recipe. Made it four different times last Xmas and it was a hit at every function. It is officially a holiday tradition in our house."

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"This is a great recipe. I will definitley make it again."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"My parents and I thought this was wonderful and I loved it. I did make it for a party however and I think those that tried it were not expecting the sweet/savory taste so it unfortunately did not go over as well as I had hoped. I would make it again though."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"This recipe was loved by all who ate it! I have made it twice now and I think the second time I added more pecans and it was better yet! This is SO simple to make and makes a nice presentation!"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"My sister made this for a party and it was a big hit - everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"This is absolutely fabulous!! It was beyond my expectations!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

"I made this for my large family gathering and it went very fast. I recieved many compliments on it."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"Made this for a night of appetizers for a group of 50 friends and everyone raved about this and wanted the recipe .This was a big hit."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"This recipe was excellent-I made it for a night of appetizers with friends. The only thing is that when I put the nut mixture on the cream cheese, it was a little juicy at the bottom of the cream cheese.

My husband said it best: "it grows on you!""

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"This recipe deserves five stars (not four as I made a mistake in clicking on four stars) as a matter of deserves more stars."

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"I made this recipe for a football party. Everyone commented on how delicious it was and asked for the recipe! Just by looking at the ingredients I thought it didn't sound too good, but what a surprise.......yummy!!"

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