RITZ Pinecone Cheese Spread

RITZ Pinecone Cheese Spread

Cute, right? Squirrel this recipe away for your next party: A creamy mix of five cheeses plus Dijon mustard and almond slices are sure to have guests pining for more.

Prep time20 min
Total time2hr 20min
ServingsMakes 2 cups spread or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) spread and 6 crackers (20 g) each.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. (250 g) brick light cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups shredded Tex Mex cheese blend
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. canned chopped green chiles
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • Ritz Crackers
Preparation
  • Process first 3 ingredients in food processor until well blended; spoon into freezer-proof container. Stir in chiles. Freeze 20 min. or until firm enough to handle.
  • Shape into 4-inch oval on sheet of waxed paper. Insert nuts in rows to completely cover cream cheese mixture to resemble pinecone. Transfer to serving plate.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator 15 min. before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Serve with crackers.
Recipe Tips
  • Make Ahead
    Spread can be stored, tightly covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • Make it Easy
    Shape cheese mixture into ball instead of pinecone shape. Cover with almonds.
  • Special Extra
    Add 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce to ingredients in food processor before processing until well blended.

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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories190
 % Daily Value*
Fat 13g 
   Saturated 6g 
Cholesterol 20mg 
Sodium 410mg 
Carbohydrate 14g 
   Dietary fiber 1g 
   Sugars 2g 
Protein 6g 
Vitamin A6 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Calcium10 %DV
Iron4 %DV

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