The holidays are always a time for entertaining – at least amongst my friends and family. This year, my uncle had Christmas Day dinner again (I host Christmas Eve with a smaller group, but the big event includes all the extended family). He loves to cook, as I do, and this year he outdid himself, as usual.
My favorite, and one of the more unique items he made was an appetizer that was arranged to look like a pine cone, again perfect for entertaining and the holidays. We won’t comment on my view of it while seated from further away and thinking it was a porcupine (oops, sorry!) – once you stood up to view it and saw the little pine bough at the top of the pine cone shape, it was obviously a pine cone and very cool. And of course very yummy! If you haven’t figured out what you’re making for New Year’s Eve or your next gathering, this one is definitely worth a second look.
Six Point Spread
8 oz cream cheese
4 oz Swiss cheese
4 slices bacon, crispy
2 T green onion, sliced
1 t Worcestershire sauce
1 c whole almonds
You’ll want to make this ahead of time to ensure it chills sufficiently to hold its shape.
Place the almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast at 250 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. You don’t have to do this, but it really adds a lot of good flavor to it.
Ensure the cream cheese is at room temperature. Mix the cream cheese with the Swiss cheese until fully integrated. Chop the bacon into small pieces, and add it, the onion and the Worcestershire sauce. Mix completely, and chill.
Shape as you will (for example, into a pine cone!), and place onto your serving dish. Arrange the almonds into an artful pattern atop the spread. Serve with crackers, and watch it disappear.