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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

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

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.

Directions

  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 Dec. 15, 2013

the best! make it every year at the holidays.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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