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Cheese Pinecones


Cheese Pinecones

Cheese Pinecones

Yield

Makes 12 to 16 appetizer servings

Ingredients

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons dry sherry or milk
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
3/4 cup slivered blanched almonds
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup whole almonds
Fresh rosemary sprig for garnish
Assorted crackers

Preparation

  1. Beat cheese, butter, milk, sherry and red pepper in medium bowl until smooth; stir in chopped almonds.
  2. Divide mixture into 3 equal portions; shape each into tapered oval to resemble pinecone. Insert slivered, sliced or whole almonds into each cone. Cover; refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until firm.
  3. Arrange Cheese Pinecones on wooden board or serving plate. Garnish tops with rosemary. Serve with assorted crackers.

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