Layered Cheese Slices
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I love cheese. There’s not a kind I don’t like. Blue, brie, cheddar, gouda, gorgonzola, goat, mozzarella, parmesan, pecorino, swiss, and more. I’m a fan of it all.
I’m also a huge fan of appetizers-as-my-dinner and when there’s cheese involved I have no willpower.
And it’s a huge bonus if it’s easy, no-bake, and can be made in advance.
These layered cheese slices are as easy as it gets. There’s a layer of doctored up cream cheese with a dash of hot sauce, chopped Fisher Pecan Halves, and dried cranberries in between cheddar slices. The hot sauce adds flavor but doesn’t make it spicy while the pecans and berries add crunch and chewiness.
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- one 8-ounce package old-fashioned brick-style cream cheese, very well softened
- 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste (i.e. Tabasco)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- heaping 1/4 cup Fisher Pecan Halves, finely chopped
- heaping 1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
- two 8-ounce packages deli-style sharp cheddar cheese slices (about 3 inches square; I prefer sharp or extra-sharp cheddar)
- assorted crackers, for serving
- To a large bowl, add the cream cheese, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and stir to combine.
- Add the pecans, cranberries, and stir to combine.
- On a 12-inch square of aluminum foil, place two slices of cheese side by side. Spread with about 3 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture, leaving a bare 1/8-inch margin.
- Top with two cheese slices.
- Repeat layering process 4 or 5 times, or until cream cheese mixture has been used. (You’ll have a few slices of cheese remaining that can be saved for another use.)
- Fold foil around cheese and seal tightly. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
- Before slicing, peel back the foil, cut in half lengthwise and then widthwise into 1/4-inch slices (approximately 24 slices). Serve with crackers. Extra slices will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Recipe can be made up to 2 days in advance of an event.
Adapted from Taste of Home
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g
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