Pinecone Shaped Bleu Cheese Spread

This savory pinecone is a blend of delicious cheeses and herbs. Topped with plenty of almonds, it makes an impressive and welcoming appetizer.

Yield

3 1/2 cups (28 servings)

Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/4 cups process cheese sauce
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled bleu cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon diced pimientos
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups unblanched almonds, toasted
fresh rosemary sprigs, optional
assorted crackers or fresh vegetables

Directions

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, cheese sauce and bleu cheese until smooth. Stir in the onions, pimientos and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and refrigerate until firm.

On a serving platter, form cheese spread into a pinecone shape. Beginning at a narrow end, arrange almonds in rows. Garnish with rosemary if desired. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 40 minutes + chilling

Nutritional Information

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 123 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 287 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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