Almond Pinecone Cheeseball

Pinecone Cheese Ball

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 show-off holiday appetizer.

This Ewer favorite has been served in our family for over 30 years!

Ingredients

1 1⁄2 cup
almonds, whole
1  
cream cheese, 8 ounce package
1⁄2 cup
mayonnaise
5  
bacon slices, crisply cooked
1 tablespoon
green onion, chopped
1⁄2 teaspoon
dill weed, dried
1⁄8 teaspoon
pepper, ground

Instructions

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.