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Tiered Cheese Slices

 Tiered Cheese Slices
I can't tell you how many times I've made this recipe or been asked to share it! Guests always think I fussed, but the simple ingredients go together in minutes using pre-sliced cheese. For busy holiday hostesses, it's a do-ahead delight.
24 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) deli-style cheddar cheese slices (about 3 inches square)
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, hot pepper sauce and salt.
  • Stir in pecans and cranberries.
  • On a 12-in. square of aluminum foil, place two slices of cheese side
  • by side; spread with 2-3 tablespoons cream cheese mixture. Repeat
  • layers six times. Top with two cheese slices. (Save remaining cheese
  • slices for another use.)
  • Fold foil around cheese and seal tightly. Refrigerate for 8 hours or
  • overnight. Cut in half lengthwise and then widthwise into 1/4-in.
  • slices. Serve with crackers. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 83 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 112 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.