Cheese Spread Pinecone
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup milk
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 cinnamon stick
Fresh dill sprigs
Breadsticks, crackers and/or raw vegetables
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add the feta, mozzarella, onion and cayenne ; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
On a serving platter, form cheese mixture into a pinecone shape. Beginning at the narrow end, arrange almonds in overlapping rows. Add cinnamon stick and dill for the stem and pine needles. Serve with breadsticks, crackers and/or vegetables. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.