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Zesty Cheese Spread

 Zesty Cheese Spread
I USUALLY MAKE this spread a day before I plan on serving it, since it needs time for the flavors to meld. But it also keeps well for a few weeks. It’s an appetizer, that can be served with snack rye bread or assorted crackers.
10 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + chilling


  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon capers, drained
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a small bowl, combine mustard and water; let stand for 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in
  • the shallot, capers, parsley, paprika and mustard mixture until
  • blended.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl; cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or
  • overnight. Serve with crackers. Yield: 1-1/4 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers) equals 273 calories, 29 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 234 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.