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

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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.
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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."

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