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Easter Bonnet Cheese Spread
 
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Ingredients

Cheese Mixture

12 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

8 ounces (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese

1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well-drained

3 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1/4 cup sliced green onions

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon salt

Garnish

Ribbon: Carrot peels

Edible flowers, such as pansies

Basil leaves or parsley, if desired

Serve With

Crackers

Assorted cut-up vegetables

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine cream cheese and butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Reserve 1/2 cup. Cover with plastic food wrap; refrigerate.

  2. STEP 2

    Add all remaining cheese mixture ingredients to remaining cream cheese mixture in bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Form crown for hat by lining (11-ounce) custard cup with plastic food wrap, extending over edges. Firmly press 1 1/4 cups cheese mixture into lined cup; cover with plastic food wrap.

  4. STEP 4

    Create hat brim by placing remaining cheese mixture onto serving plate. Shape into 9-inch round; cover with plastic food wrap. Refrigerate crown and brim at least 2 hours or until firm.

  5. STEP 5

    Remove cheese mixture from refrigerator 1 hour before using.

  6. STEP 6

    Remove plastic wrap from crown and brim; invert crown onto center of hat brim. Peel off plastic wrap. Re-shape with hands, if necessary. Frost hat with reserved cream cheese mixture. Use carrot peels for ribbon. Garnish with edible flowers and basil leaves, if desired. Cover; refrigerate until ready to serve.

  7. STEP 7

    Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers and cut-up vegetables.

Tip #1

If refrigerating crown and brim for more than 2 hours, also refrigerate reserved 1/2 cup cheese mixture. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour prior to spreading.

Tip #2

To create carrot ribbon, peel 1 carrot. Use vegetable peeler to make long flat slices; attach where crown and brim meet.

Tip #3

Pull table knife from hat ribbon to edge of brim to create a decorative design on hat brim.

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