Introducing my NEW favorite Christmas item on the menu:
The one above is to take to my mom & dad's tomorrow, on Christmas Day. The one below is to take to the in-law's this afternoon/evening for dinner.
I love trying new recipes, and this one is certainly an eye-catcher! It was a LOT of fun to make, and it is DE-LISH, too! Want the recipe? I guess I can share it:
Pine-cone-shaped Cheese ball
(not creative, I know!!!)
1 pkg Cream Cheese (I used Red. fat Neufschel Cheese--however it's spelled)
1/2 Cup Mayo (NOT Miracle Whip, folks!!)
5 bacon strips, cooked & crumbled
1 Tbsp chopped green onion (i actually doubled it)
1/2 tsp dill weed
1/8 tsp pepper
1 1/4 cup almonds (recipe calls for them toasted, but I didn't do it)
Assorted crackers or raw veggies
Fresh Rosemary sprigs for decoration afterwards.
Mix all ingredients (minus almonds) in large bowl. Let chill for 1-2 hours to allow mixture to become firm. Place mixture on platter/decorative plate and shape into a cone/pear shape. Place almonds around it in rows, starting with the bottom and working your way up. Place several short stems of rosemary at the top for decoration.
What would I change, if I had to do it all over again?
1- I think instead of poking the almonds "outward" I'll lay them down a bit more. It shows too much of the filling. It looks like too spiky! But still cute!!!!
2- I almost went w/o the Rosemary addition...so expensive at the store! So, either grow your own for next year (ya right!), go to the farmer's marker (ya right!), or just grin & bear it. It adds a GREAT aroma to the dish!