Cheese: Cheese Pine Cones

posted by PAH 12-14-99 6:37 PM

Cheese Pine Cones

2 Cups (8 oz.)shredded Swiss Cheese
1/2 Cup Butter or Margarine, softened
3 Tbl. Milk
2 Tbl. Dry Sherry or Milk
1/8 tsp. Ground Red Pepper
1 Cup Finely Chopped Blanched Almonds
3/4 Cup Slivered Blanched Almonds
3/4 Cup Sliced Unblanched Almonds
1/2 Cup Whole Unblanched Almonds
Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

Beat cheese, butter, milk, sherry and red pepper in medium bowl until mixture is smooth; stir in chopped almonds. Divide mixture into 3 equal portions; shape each into tapered ovals to resemble pine cones.

Insert slivered, sliced and whole almonds into cones to form pine cones.

Cover; refrigerate 2-3 hours or until firm.

Arrange cheese pine cones on wooden board or serving plate. Garnish tops with rosemary. Serve with assorted crackers. Makes 3 pine cones (12-16 servings)

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