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Cheese & Shallot Party Spread

Cheese & Shallot Party Spread

Give this festive pine cone-shaped cheese ball to your friends as a holiday hostess gift. Be sure to include the recipe, or they will be asking you for it!!

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45 min
Prep Time
03 hrs 45 min
Total Time
2 1/3



1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter

2 large (1/4 cup) shallots  

1 teaspoon sugar


1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded provolone cheese

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon country-style Dijon mustard, if desired

1/4 teaspoon salt


1/2 cup sliced almonds


Fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired


Assorted crackers


 *Substitute finely chopped onion.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add shallots and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes or until shallots are browned and caramelized. Immediately remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine shallot mixture and all remaining spread ingredients in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour.

  3. STEP 3

    Shape cheese mixture on waxed paper into pine cone shape. Place onto serving plate. Insert sliced almonds at an angle to resemble pine cone. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours or overnight to blend flavors.

  4. STEP 4

    Garnish with rosemary sprigs just before serving, if desired. Serve with assorted crackers.

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Tip #1

Purchase extra sliced almonds to select whole slices for inserting.

Tip #2

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Nutrition (1 tablespoon)

70 Calories
6 Fat (g)
15 Cholesterol (mg)
100 Sodium (mg)
1 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
2 Protein (g)
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