Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Smoked Almond Cheese Spread

I love smoked almonds and I think everyone loves cheese.  I tasted a Smoked Almond Cheese spread at an event and decided I would come up with one.  Feel free to tweak it with different cheeses.  I like serving it with crackers but I totally think you could add a little more mayonnaise, spoon the mixture into a baking dish, top with chopped smoked almonds and baked it for a hot appetizer.

Smoked Almond Cheese Spread

8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups swiss cheese, grated
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
4 oz sharp cheese, grated (I used white aged cheddar but any sharp cheese)
4- 6 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
6 oz can smoked almonds, chopped (divided)

Mix all ingredients with about 3/4 of the smoked almonds.  Mix well.  Spoon into one larger crock or two smaller crocks and sprinkle with chopped almonds.  Serve with favorite crackers or vegetables.

* I don't like to serve this right out of the refrigerator.  The cheeses are too hard and you can taste the flavors.  Allow dish to sit out of the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving
*We enjoyed one crock at home and I took the other crock to a party

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