Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Toasted Almond Cheese Spread

My sister found this recipe a few years ago and it has always been the first thing I think of when I need to have something quick and easy to bring to or have at a party. It tastes delicious as well, I haven't met someone who hasn't liked it. 

The cream cheese gives the spread a deep, bold flavor while giving it the perfect amount of creaminess at the same time. You just beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and then add mayonnaise, green onions, pepper, and nutmeg and beat until it is combined.

Then stir in sliced almonds and grated Swiss cheese.

 Spread into a pie plate, bake, sprinkle with more sliced almonds, and you are done! It's as easy as that.

Toasted Almond Cheese Spread
serves 12

[Adapted from Allrecipes

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup sliced almonds, divided
1/3 cup mayonnaise 
2 Tablespoons sliced green onions
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Assorted Crackers

In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the mayonnaise, onions, pepper, and nutmeg and beat until combined. Stir in the Swiss cheese and 1/3 cup of the almonds. Spoon into a lightly greased pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14-15 minutes or until heated through. About halfway through baking, sprinkle with remaining almonds and return to oven. Serve warm with crackers.

Prep. time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Ready in: 25 minutes

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If you bring it to a party, you might want to bring two.

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