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Fireside Cheese Spread

When our family and friends get together for holidays or other occasions, I serve this appetizer. It's always a success. If you prefer, try a Swiss cheese spread instead of the cheddar. And, if you enjoy garlic, substitute a small clove of minced garlic for the garlic powder. —Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson, Lusby, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 cups


  • 1 container (16 ounces) cheddar cheese spread, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) plus 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Snipped fresh parsley
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a medium bowl, combine cheese spread, cream cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Blend thoroughly. Chill at least 3 hours or overnight. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 95 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Cuseandrea
    Nov 25, 2016

    Made this to bring to Thanksgiving dinner and it was excellent. Adults and kids loved it, and I'll definitely make it again and again. I used an eclectic mixer to mix all of the ingredients, because even though I let the cream cheese and butter soften, it was extremely hard to mix by hand. It's a thick dip, so you'll need to serve it with hearty crackers (I used Town House Pita crackers) or pretzels, maybe carrot sticks.

  • camel2
    Mar 5, 2016

    We have used this recipe for many years and it is always a hit. Just for variety I use port wine cheese or a combination of the Cheddar and Port Wine and this year I used part Asiago. Great Recipe

  • PrplMonky5
    Jan 4, 2016

    This was pretty good! You definitely have to let it sit because when I tried it right after making it, it didn't taste too great. I think next time I will try a different cheese spread and maybe add more Worcestershire sauce (personal preference). I did cut the recipe in half for just my husband and me, but it was still a LOT. May try to cut it down even more next time.

  • Kitty63
    Dec 31, 2015

    Delicious!! I used 3 cloves fresh garlic, and added dried chives because I forgot to buy parsley. I also omitted the butter, but it might have been easier to hand-mix had I added it. I was just trying to reduce the fat content. So yummy!!

  • evey8
    Jan 11, 2014

    This looks like just the recipe I've been looking for. Thanks :-)!

  • AmyE007
    Jan 4, 2014

    Easy recipe. At first I was put off by having to waste a whole package of perfectly good cheese spread on a recipe that I did not know would turn out. However, sometimes you need just an easy, different and tasty treat. Texture is fluffy and we liked with Triscuits and pretzels the best. Would be great for a party or we made and enjoyed for our weekend of football. Until you know for sure you like this recipe, I would consider cutting this in half as it makes ALOT of cheese spread. We will do this again.

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    Dec 30, 2013


  • crazycatlady58
    Dec 30, 2013

    I love this recipe it is fast and very tasty.

  • Blessings1943
    Dec 30, 2013

    Try smoked Spanish paprika for more depth of flavor. Easily found online, and makes many dishes more interesting.

  • jossgirl
    Dec 30, 2013

     This is a very tasty spread that my guests like a lot - however, I would not hesitate to make a substitution or two if I were out of an ingredient, or just wanted a little different flavor on occasion. For example, I like finely chopped nuts in my cheese spreads.