Almond Pinecone Cheeseball


It's a pinecone? No, it's a savory cheese spread sparked with bacon, green onions and dill.

So pretty that guests are afraid to muss it, you'll need to dig into this creamy, pinecone-shaped cheeseball first!

Add a sprig of artificial evergreen for an easy, showy holiday appetizer.


1 1⁄2 cup
almonds, whole
cream cheese, 8 ounce package
1⁄2 cup
bacon slices, crisply cooked
1 tablespoon
green onion, chopped
1⁄2 teaspoon
dill weed, dried
1⁄8 teaspoon
pepper, ground


Spread almonds in single layer in shallow pan. Bake at 300 degrees, 15 minutes, stirring often, until almonds just begin to turn color.

Combine softened cream cheese and mayonnaise; mix well. Add bacon, onion, dill and pepper; mix well. Cover; chill overnight.

Form cheese mixture into pinecone shape on serving platter. Beginning at narrow end, press almonds at slight angle into cheese mixture in rows. Continue overlapping rows until all cheese is covered.

Garnish with artificial pine sprigs. Serve with crackers.