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Pepper Cheese Spread Pepper Cheese Spread
This casual spread is great for parties and is a real crowd pleaser.
It takes only a few minutes to whip up. Make it the night before and save yourself some time on party day.

2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups Florida pecans, chopped
6 - 8 Florida green onions, chopped
2 Tablespoons Florida parsley, chopped
8 ounces light cream cheese
1 teaspoon reduced fat mayonnaise
10 ounces Florida pepper jelly, red or green

Step 1:
Mix together Cheddar cheese, pecans, green onions, parsley, cream cheese and mayonnaise. Spread in glass pie plate or quiche dish. Cover and let stand in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Step 2: When ready to serve, cover cheese mixture with pepper jelly. Serve with crackers. Keeps well in refrigerator 2 to 3 days. Yield: Serves 10 - 12.

Serving suggestion: Top with half red pepper jelly and half green pepper jelly and decorate table with holly leaves and berries for the holiday season.

Note: The pepper jelly used to test this recipe was donated by Blackberry Patch of Tallahassee, a member of the Fresh from Florida campaign and a wonderful creator of many delicious jellies, jams, syrups and sauces.


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