Almond Cheddar Pinecone
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 pound cheddar cheese, grated
- 6 tablespoons port
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/4 cup finely sliced, green onion
- 2 cups Blue Diamond® Whole Natural Almonds, toasted
Combine first 4 ingredients; beat until smooth. Stir in green onions. Cover and refrigerate for one hour. Form cheese mixture into the shape of a large pinecone. Place on serving plate. Beginning at narrow end of cone, carefully press almonds about 1/4-inch deep into cheese mixture in rows, making sure that pointed end of each almond extends at a slight angle. Continue, with rows slightly overlapping, until all cheese is covered. Garnish pinecone with pine sprigs, if desired. Serve with crackers.
Makes about 25 servings.