Cheese Spread Pinecone Recipe

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Cheese Spread Pinecone Recipe
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Cheese Spread Pinecone Recipe

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folks quickly cluster around this outdoorsy appetizer from Cindy Harrington of Euless, Texas. She turned her super cheese spread into a pinecone—using slice almonds, dill sprigs and a cinnamon stick!
MAKES:
28 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:
28 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Fresh dill sprigs
  • Breadsticks, crackers and/or raw vegetables

Directions

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add the feta, mozzarella, onion and cayenne ; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
On a serving platter, form cheese mixture into a pinecone shape. Beginning at the narrow end, arrange almonds in overlapping rows. Add cinnamon stick and dill for the stem and pine needles. Serve with breadsticks, crackers and/or vegetables. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Cheese Spread Pinecone in Country Woman January/February 2002, p13

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 64 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Fresh dill sprigs
  • Breadsticks, crackers and/or raw vegetables
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add the feta, mozzarella, onion and cayenne ; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  2. On a serving platter, form cheese mixture into a pinecone shape. Beginning at the narrow end, arrange almonds in overlapping rows. Add cinnamon stick and dill for the stem and pine needles. Serve with breadsticks, crackers and/or vegetables. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Cheese Spread Pinecone in Country Woman January/February 2002, p13

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