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Apricot-Chipotle-Cream Cheese Star

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  • 15 min prep time
  • 15 min total time
  • 9 ingredients
  • 16 servings
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Dress up cream cheese with chipotle chiles and apricot preserves in an impressive appetizer that goes from start to finish in just 15 minutes.

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

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

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.

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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