Pinecone Cheese Ball
This tasty, fun and festive cheese spread is shaped and decorated with almond slices to resemble a pinecone.
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
2 tablespoons chopped canned mild green chilies
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Assorted crackers for accompaniment
- Place cream cheese, cheese, mustard and onion salt in food processor or blender container; cover. Process until well blended. Stir in chilies.
- Pile onto a sheet of wax paper; shape into 4-inch high oval to resemble a "pinecone."
- Decorate by inserting the sliced almonds to cover the cheese spread "pinecone". Cover. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.
- Let stand at room temperature several minutes before serving. Serve as a spread with crackers.
Makes 16 servings.