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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    1-1/4 cups


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 164 calories, 17g fat (11g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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