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Pinecone-Shaped Spread

 Pinecone-Shaped Spread
Spreading Christmas cheer is deliciously simple with this holiday novelty. Originally my mother's recipe, it always gets raves.
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups whole unblanched almonds, toasted
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs, optional
  • Assorted crackers or raw vegetables

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, bacon, onion, dill
  • and pepper; chill. Form into two pinecone shapes on a serving
  • platter. Beginning at the narrow end of each shape, arrange almonds
  • in overlapping rows. Garnish with rosemary if desired. Serve with
  • crackers or vegetables. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 236 calories, 23 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 152 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.