Apricot-Chipotle-Cream Cheese Star

Dress up cream cheese with chipotle chiles and apricot preserves in an impressive appetizer that goes from start to finish in just 15 minutes.

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  • prep time 15 min
  • total time 15 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 16
 

Ingredients

12
oz cream cheese (from two 8-oz packages), softened
1
cup shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/2
teaspoon onion powder
1/2
teaspoon ground mustard
1/2
cup chopped pecans
1/2
cup apricot preserves
2
teaspoons finely chopped gingerroot
2
teaspoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (from 7-oz can)
48
crackers

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Steps

  • 1 In food processor, place cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, onion powder and mustard. Cover; process, scraping side of bowl if necessary, until well mixed. Add pecans. Cover; process with on-and-off pulses 2 or 3 times until mixed.
  • 2 Using parchment paper, cut out a star shape 7 inches in diameter. Spoon the cheese spread evenly onto the shape, using a table knife to shape the star. Turn onto a serving plate; remove the parchment paper.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix preserves, gingerroot and chiles. Spoon over cheese star. Serve with crackers.
  • 1 In food processor, place cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, onion powder and mustard. Cover; process, scraping side of bowl if necessary, until well mixed. Add pecans. Cover; process with on-and-off pulses 2 or 3 times until mixed.
  • 2 Using parchment paper, cut out a star shape 7 inches in diameter. Spoon the cheese spread evenly onto the shape, using a table knife to shape the star. Turn onto a serving plate; remove the parchment paper.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix preserves, gingerroot and chiles. Spoon over cheese star. Serve with crackers.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce can be found in the ethnic-foods section of the grocery store. Pour the remaining chiles and sauce into a freezer container and freeze for future use.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
200
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
30mg
30%;
Sodium
190mg
190%;
Total Carbohydrate
14g
14%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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