Peppered Tombstone Spread Recipe
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Peppered Tombstone Spread Recipe

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This unique treatment for cheese dip will be sure to scare your guests silly! They'll be pleasantly surprised when they "dig in" and find that it's peppery and delicious! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely ground pepper
  • Fresh parsley
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 211 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 293mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Shape 1 cup mixture into a tombstone; coat with pepper. Place on serving platter. With the tip of a sharp knife, write "RIP" on the tombstone. In front of the tombstone, shape remaining mixture into a mound. Sprinkle with pepper; press parsley into mound for grass. Serve with crackers. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Peppered Tombstone Spread in Taste of Home Halloween Food & Fun 2008, p51

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chezsacredsuzie User ID: 3614715 209910
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"Fun and effective, not too difficult to make, this recipe is great for Halloween parties. My tombstone did keep falling forward so I braced it with a cracker at the back. I added roasted garlic to it and wow, lots of flavour in this one. I only used one package of cream cheese though which I believe is 8 oz and everything was fine. Leaves you with dragon breath though! Strong!"

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