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Southwestern Cheese Spread

Southwestern Cheese Spread

EASY CHEESY The Southwestern Cheese Spread from Stop and Smell the Rosemary is similar to pimento cheese but with some extra ingredients that make it stand out. (Photo: Photo courtesy of the Junior League of Houston)

From Stop and Smell the Rosemary

Ingredients: 

8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups)
4 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded (1 cup)
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1 cup)
2 Tablespoons diced green bell pepper
2 Tablespoons diced yellow bell pepper
2 Tablespoons diced red bell pepper
2 Tablespoons chopped green onions
1½ teaspoons minced capers
¾ teaspoon minced garlic
¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1½ teaspoons chopped fresh dill
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Dash Tabasco sauce
¾ teaspoon Cajun spices
2 to 3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
¼ to ½ cup mayonnaise

Recipe directions: 

Combine cheeses, bell peppers, green onions, capers, garlic, Worcestershire, dill, cilantro, Tabasco, Cajun spices, mustard and mayonnaise in a large bowl. Stir to blend. Line a 1-quart bowl with plastic wrap, leaving a 4-inch overhang. Press cheese mixture into bowl and fold plastic overhang over top. Cover with another piece of wrap and refrigerate.

When ready to serve, unfold plastic wrap and invert onto a serving plate. Serve chilled with tortilla chips or assorted crackers. Garnish with pico de gallo.

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