Pineapple Pecan Cheese Spread

This smooth and creamy cheese spread is chock-full of red pepper, green chilies and crunchy pecans. It's always a hit and a sure-fire way to get the kids to eat more veggies.

Yield

3 3/4 cups (24 servings)

Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted, divided
3/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
2 tablespoons chopped roasted sweet red pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
assorted fresh vegetables

Directions

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup pecans, pineapple, chilies, red pepper and garlic powder; beat until combined. Transfer to a serving dish. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Sprinkle with remaining pecans just before serving. Serve with vegetables.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (2 tablespoons): Calories 100, Fat 9 g (Saturated Fat 4 g), Cholesterol 18 mg, Sodium 94 mg, Carbohydrate 3 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 3 g.

Recipe Courtesy Of

Cynde Sonnier, Mont Belvieu, Texas

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