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Pinecone-Shaped Blue Cheese Spread

 Pinecone-Shaped Blue Cheese Spread
This savory pinecone is a blend of delicious cheeses and herbs. Topped with plenty of almonds, it makes an impressive and welcoming appetizer. —Kathy Johnson Council Bluffs, Iowa
28 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups process cheese sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon diced pimientos
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups unblanched almonds, toasted
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs, optional
  • Assorted crackers or fresh vegetables

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, cheese sauce and blue cheese
  • until smooth. Stir in the onions, pimientos and Worcestershire
  • sauce. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
  • On a serving platter, form cheese spread into a pinecone shape.
  • Beginning at a narrow end, arrange almonds in rows. Garnish with
  • rosemary if desired. Serve with crackers or vegetables. Yield: 3-1/2
  • cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 123 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 287 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.