Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread
Servings: 20 Prep 10 mins Chill 24 hrs Bake 350°F 6 mins


  • 1/4 cup pine nuts OR: walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 green onion, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1/2 pickled jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped OR: 3 to 4 dashes liquid red-pepper seasoning
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese (Neufchatel)
  • 4 ounces plain goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Make It

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Fold 6-inch piece of aluminum foil in half; fold edges up to make a tray. Place nuts, chili powder and cumin in tray; place on baking sheet.

2. Bake nut mixture in 350 degree F oven for 6 minutes or until fragrant and begins to darken. Let cool.

3. Chop green onion in food processor. Add jalapeno and nut mixture. Whirl until nuts are chopped. Add the cream cheese, goat cheese and lemon juice. Whirl until blended.

4. Scrape spread into serving bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 24 hours. Makes 1-1/4 cups (20 one-tablespoon servings).