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Onion-Topped Cheese Spread

 Onion-Topped Cheese Spread
I love to cook all kinds of dishes, but I'm known for my appetizers. In this robust spread, a creamy base is topped with caramelized onions.—Carole Bess White, Portland, Oregon
16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 50 min.


  • 2-1/2 pounds large sweet onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a large skillet, cook the onions, sugar, salt and bay leaves in
  • oil and butter over medium heat for 45-50 minutes or until onions
  • are golden brown, stirring frequently.
  • Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Cook until wine
  • is reduced by half. Remove and discard bay leaves. Cool slightly.
  • Pour over cream cheese. Serve with crackers. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1/4 cup cream cheese with 3 tablespoons onion topping (calculated without crackers) equals 316 calories, 26 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 341 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a

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Onion-Topped Cheese Spread (continued)

Wine (continued)
full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.