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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: 280 calories, 26g fat (11g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

Reviews for French Quarter Cheese Spread

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Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 246914
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"Sweet, Tangy and Nutty. Makes this one a winner. I do not care for Dark Brown sugar

so I used light * Wonderful results. I'll will be serving this one again. I know our family and friends will really enjoy this simple little recipe.
Taste of Home volunteer Field Editorl"

hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 246463
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"Love the combo of sweet and tangy. Disappeared quickly at a family gathering"

eversbeaver User ID: 2223765 230251
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2015


Karen8kids User ID: 1001745 227663
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2015

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

bmarana User ID: 2129710 220302
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."

pabd User ID: 5914660 108091
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

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

VickiStein User ID: 2152906 211264
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."

letourneur User ID: 4808752 184807
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."

heswiggum User ID: 1812801 103626
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!!"

nancy headlee User ID: 5479331 101925
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

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

sav0808 User ID: 4530296 118443
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."

cbellas User ID: 1669581 145568
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!"

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 186824
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

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

s_pants User ID: 174050 185054
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011


marshelle User ID: 204090 145567
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

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

d4sunrise User ID: 2238861 145566
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."

lizsterie User ID: 1908134 103623
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

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

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 168072
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."

avachapman User ID: 1514340 173214
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!"

camaromama User ID: 1185403 184729
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

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

joylkassin User ID: 1722461 168069
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

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

bbrown1 User ID: 2035210 186792
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

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

barbkeefer User ID: 2170561 185053
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."

sspooney User ID: 1032841 187896
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!""

Triscuitsmom User ID: 2186501 168067
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."

Triscuitsmom User ID: 2186501 116403
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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