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Swiss Cheese Spinach Spread
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1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

4 ounces (1 cup) shredded Land O Lakes® Swiss Cheese

4 cups loosely packed fresh spinach leaves

1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

2 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) cooked ham, finely chopped

Crackers, crusty French bread or breadsticks

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Place cream cheese and Swiss cheese in food processor bowl fitted with metal blade. Cover; process until smooth (30 to 60 seconds). Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Place spinach, garlic, salt and red pepper in clean processor bowl fitted with metal blade. Cover; with processor running, slowly add oil until well mixed. Stir in pecans. Set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Line 1-quart bowl with plastic food wrap, extending wrap 3 to 4 inches over edge. Spread half cheese mixture in bottom of bowl; top with half of ham, the spinach mixture, remaining ham and remaining cheese mixture. Fold plastic food wrap over top to cover. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight until firm.

  4. STEP 4

    At serving time, remove plastic food wrap from top of spread. Invert molded spread onto serving plate. Remove remaining plastic food wrap. Serve spread with crackers, crusty French bread or breadsticks.

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