Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Almond Pine Cones

Almond Pine Cones
1 1/4 cup whole almonds
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
5 crisply cooked bacon slices, crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/8 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground

Spread almonds in a single layer in a shallow pan.  Bake at 300 degrees F. for 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 shapes of two pine cones on a serving patter.  Beginning at narrow end press almonds at slight angle into cheese mixture in rows.  Continue until cheese is covered.  Garnish with sprigs of rosemary.  Serve with crackers.  Makes about 1 1/2 cups of dip.

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