Thursday, May 13, 2010

Say cheese! Tiered cheese!…

 

I made this recipe before I left on this adventure, because I know my boys like it. CGMan had the Skater over for dinner after I left and was supposed to serve this as an appetizer. I’m not sure if it made it past the first round of golf.

This is an easy, make-ahead, appetizer. It looks so pretty on the plate and you can serve it with any type of cracker.


Let’s get the  ingredients together, there aren’t many:

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Two packages of sliced cheddar cheese, a brick of cream cheese (softened), dried cranberries, chopped pecans, Tabasco and a dash of salt.

 

 

 

 

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I love my Kitchen Aid mixer and sometimes will look up recipes just to be able to use it. However, for one little brick of cream cheese, it’s over-kill. A small hand mixer will work perfectly for this recipe. Sorry, Kitchen Aid, maybe next time.

 

 

 

 

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Put your softened cream cheese in the mixing bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon of Tabasco and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Next, chop up 1/4 of cranberries (I love  craisins. But not as much as I love my Kitchen Aid). I find that straight out of the bag, they’re a little big, so I just chop them down. While you have your knife out, go ahead and chop 1/4 cup of the pecans. Unless you’re using the cookie size pieces of pecan, they’re too big, too.

Add all that to the mixing bowl and …. mix! Get a load of this action shot!

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When it’s all nicely mixed together, grab a piece of aluminum foil, and place two slices of cheddar cheese, side by side.

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Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture across the slices of cheese. Make sure you go all the way to the edges. It will be bumpy, but that’s okay. Place two more slices of cheese on top of that, then add another layer of cream cheese. Continue this until you’re out of cream cheese.

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Wrap the brick tightly with the foil and put in the fridge for at least four hours. You can even make this a couple of days ahead of time.  (I know you know how to put something in the fridge, but I was pretending I had my own cooking show. I love how they go to the fridge and everything they need is... right there. I want a fridge like that.)

Just before serving, take the brick out of the fridge and open. Using a sharp knife, slice the brick length-wise. Then make 1/4 inch slices along the wide side.

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Place on your favorite serving platter with some crackers and you’re done! See how easy that was?

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Now that I have entertained you with my mad cooking skilz and witty banter, it’s time for me to go visit the grandbaby who is not my grandbaby.

I absolutely love holding her and helping her mommy with changing and feeding and all. But what I really, really love? Yawning and saying, “Oh, look at the time. I’ll see you tomorrow. *smoochie-smooch*” and leaving for the night. Man! Grandbabies are great!!

I know there are some women my age, 44, who feel a twinge to want to have another baby when they’re around a newborn. Let me say right here and now, I have absolutely no such feelings. I have three wonderful children that I enjoyed as they grew up. I don’t need to do it again.

Besides, when I look around at all the stuff  Ella has, I realize I couldn’t afford another baby! They sure have a lot of gadgets. No, I think I’ll leave the babies and all that comes with them to the younger generation. But that doesn’t mean I can’t stop in and play for a while!

8 comments:

  1. Love that action shot! You have some awesome mad cooking skilz and the most perfect witty banter! This recipe looks right up my ally! Yum! I can't wait to make this little ditty and share it with the fam! We love cheese and cream cheese so I know this will become a favorite.

    Babies are wonderful and yes they have way to much stuff! Fun to play with but even better to give them back!

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  2. I am soooo making that. When I saw the craisins and the cheese I was hooked. I literally gasped out loud when I saw the photo of it all done. We're having neighbors over tomorrow night, so thanks. Anything cranberry is up my alley.

    And I'm with you, Dawn. No desire here at all for a baby. My girls are so easy now, I wouldn't trade those days for the world.

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  3. Wow, that cheese snack looks fabulous! I will definately have to try it. And I'm sorry but Ella makes my heart hurt. She is just too cute!

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  4. I'll be making this for my next shindig! Looks SO good - cheese glorious cheese!

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  5. Looks like a winner. I bet dried apricots would be good too!

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  6. Oh, YUM. Even just coming off of a bout of stomach flu, I can tell that that looks delicious!

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  7. Cheese, like butter, always makes things better.

    I feel the same way about my Dualit toaster, even had to do a blog feature on it way back in the day.

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  8. You SO need your own cooking show! Has Food Network called you yet?

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