WHEAT THINS Gruyere Pinecone Spread

WHEAT THINS Gruyere Pinecone Spread

Prep time15 min
Total time2hr 15min
ServingsMakes 30 servings, 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) spread and 11 crackers (20 g) each.
Ingredients
  • 2 pkg. (250 g each) brick light cream cheese, softened
  • 1 env. (28 g) dry onion soup mix
  • ¼ lb. (115 g) Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup almonds, toasted
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary (5 inch)
  • Wheat Thins Crackers
Preparation
  • Beat cream cheese and soup mix in medium bowl until blended. Add shredded cheese; mix well.
  • Divide cheese mixture in half. Shape each half into 5x2-1/2-inch oval that is slightly pointed at one end to resemble a pinecone. Place on serving plate, leaving spaces around sides of both pinecones. Insert nuts, at a slight angle and in horizontal rows, into cheese mixture as shown in photo.
  • Tuck rosemary sprigs around pinecones to resemble tree branches.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours. Let pinecones stand at room temperature 15 min. before serving to soften slightly.
  • Serve with crackers.
Recipe Tips
  • Substitute
    Prepare using shredded Emmental or Swiss cheese.
  • Note
    To prepare more than 2 hours ahead of time, shape cheese mixture into pinecone shapes but do not cover with nuts. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. Insert nuts into pinecones up to 2 hours before serving.

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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories170
 % Daily Value*
Fat 10g 
   Saturated 3.5g 
Cholesterol 15mg 
Sodium 270mg 
Carbohydrate 16g 
   Dietary fiber 1g 
   Sugars 3g 
Protein 5g 
Vitamin A4 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Calcium6 %DV
Iron10 %DV

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