Parties and holidays occur many times throughout the year. But it doesn’t mean you have to have a big occasion to enjoy some cheese and crackers covered in whole almonds.
This is a great little recipe that combines a snack of cheese and crackers, the goodness and crunch of almonds that is also a wonderful food to snack on but also a centerpiece for the middle of your cracker platter that is a picture to behold.
Putting this little masterpiece together is quite easy and you will wow your guests or family if you serve this cheese spread for movie night or a Sunday gathering with relatives.
Enjoy the spread and the nuts and try this recipe out today, February 16 and celebrate with all the other nut lovers in the world by celebrating National Almond Day!
- 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 tablespoons of port wine
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup of thinly sliced green onions
- 2 cups of whole almonds, toasted
- Rosemary sprigs to garnish the platter
- Using an electric mixer beat the cream cheese to break it up.
- Then add the wine and cayenne seasoning and mix into the cream cheese until smooth.
- Next you want to add in the green onion and cheddar cheese and mix just until it is all combined.
- Scrape the mixing bowl clean and place the cheese spread on a sheet of plastic wrap.
- Wrap the cheese ball and place it in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
- After the ball has chilled sufficiently you can now mold it into the shape of a pinecone and place it in the center of the platter you intend to serve it on.
- Then start at the bottom or the thinner end of the pine cone and add rows of whole almonds so that they overlap each other until the entire cheese ball is covered.
- Place some sprigs of rosemary at the top or around the pinecone cheese ball to achieve the desired look you want to present to your guests.
- Place crackers around the cheese ball and serve with napkins and small cheese spread knives.
(Whole almonds used in recipe were received from California almonds)
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