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Cherry Cheese Spread

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  • 15 min prep time
  • 25 hr 15 min total time
  • 8 ingredients
  • 18 servings
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A delicious spread made with three types of tasty cheese with addition of cherries and almond.

Ingredients

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, cubed
4
oz Havarti cheese, cubed
1
cup shredded smoky Swiss cheese (4 oz)
1/4
cup crumbled blue cheese (1 oz)
1/4
cup slivered almonds
3
tablespoons cherry-flavored liqueur or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1
teaspoon chopped shallot
1/4
cup dried cherries, chopped

Steps

  • 1 Let all cheeses stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to soften. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Spread almonds on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Cool.
  • 2 In food processor bowl with metal blade, place all cheeses, liqueur and shallot; process until smooth. Add cherries and almonds; process with on/off pulses until almonds are chopped. Spoon into crock or other container; cover. Refrigerate at least 24 hours to blend flavors.
  • 3 Let cheese spread stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Serve with thin slices of baguette-style French bread, assorted crackers, celery sticks or fresh pea pods.
  • 1 Let all cheeses stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to soften. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Spread almonds on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Cool.
  • 2 In food processor bowl with metal blade, place all cheeses, liqueur and shallot; process until smooth. Add cherries and almonds; process with on/off pulses until almonds are chopped. Spoon into crock or other container; cover. Refrigerate at least 24 hours to blend flavors.
  • 3 Let cheese spread stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Serve with thin slices of baguette-style French bread, assorted crackers, celery sticks or fresh pea pods.

Expert Tips

If you prefer, dried cranberries can be substituted for the dried cherries.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
120
Calories from Fat
80
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
14%
Saturated Fat
5g
25%
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
115mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
4g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
2g
Protein
5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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