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French Quarter Cheese Spread

Topped with toasty pecans, this sweet-and-savory cheese ball makes a festive hostess gift for holiday parties. Says Heidi: “It’s always a hit; there’s never anything left over, and everyone asks for the recipe.” At home, make it ahead of time for convenience, then bring to room temp and serve. Heidi Blaine Hadburg - Safety Harbor, FL
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, onion and garlic. Transfer to a serving plate; shape into a 6-in. disk. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Cook and stir over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in pecans.
  • Cool slightly. Spoon over cheese mixture. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 280 calories, 26g fat (11g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • gpec24
    Dec 24, 2020

    This was a hit at Thanksgiving and it has been requested for Christmas Eve! Was super easy to make and tasted great!

  • veggiemama
    Jan 17, 2018

    I wasn't too sure about this when I was preparing it, but ended up loving it!

  • Appy_Girl
    Apr 11, 2016

    Sweet, Tangy and Nutty. Makes this one a winner. I do not care for Dark Brown sugarso I used light * Wonderful results. I'll will be serving this one again. I know our family and friends will really enjoy this simple little recipe.JanieTaste of Home volunteer Field Editorl

  • hunter6295
    Apr 2, 2016

    Love the combo of sweet and tangy. Disappeared quickly at a family gathering

  • eversbeaver
    Jul 27, 2015


  • Karen8kids
    Jun 9, 2015

    This is a family favorite for all our family gatherings!! It's a must!

  • bmarana
    Feb 11, 2015

    Probably one of my favorite new appetizer recipes. I took to a family reunion and everyone loved. We do appes for Christmas Eve and now will be there every year, absolutely yummy! Good with ritz, wheat thins.

  • pabd
    Dec 15, 2013

    the best! make it every year at the holidays.

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    Dec 29, 2012

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    Nov 25, 2012

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