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Holiday Pine Cone Cheeseball

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour
Almonds resemble the bristles of a pine cone atop this delicious cream cheese ball of bacon and herbs. It's almost too cute to eat!
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. light mayonnaise
5 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 tbsp. chopped green onion
1 tsp. chopped dill weed
1/8 tsp pepper
1 1/4 C. whole almonds, toasted
Holiday Pine Cone Cheeseball Recipe at
Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise and mix well in a food processor or blender. Stir in the cooked bacon, green onion, dill weed and pepper. Cover and chill overnight.

Shape the cheese mixture into two small pinecones on serving plate. Starting at the narrow end, place almonds into the cheese on a slight angle, forming rows. Garnish with rosemary twigs to resemble pine needles. Serve with crackers.

Date Added: 11/02/2009
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Rating: 2
by: Sarah, CA Reviewed: 12/21/2009
Fun Presentation, But Use Different Filling
If you like a craft project you will love making these. The pine cone effect is impressive, especially if you garnish with rosemary sprigs as suggested. From the looks alone this dish was a big hit! That said, while I enjoyed the presentation I did not care for the flavor or texture of the filling. Any creamy cheese or cheese ball mixture would work, though. I'm thinking a softened, blended goat cheese would be a nice variation.
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