SAVOURY CHEESE SPREAD
about 3 ½ cups
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (8 ½ -ounce) can crushed pineapple-in-its-own-juice, well drained
2 tablespoon finely chopped peeled onion or green onion (include some green tops)
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup chopped pecans
¼ cup chopped green pepper
Additional chopped pecans for garnish (optional)
Two slivers of sweet red pepper and a sprig of parsley
Crisp crackers or pita or pretzel chips as an accompaniment
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pineapple, onion or green onion, celery salt, garlic and onion powders and continuing beating until well mixed. Stir in 1 cup chopped pecans and green pepper. Cover and chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.
To serve, spoon cheese mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with a sprinkle of additional chopped pecans and two slivers of sweet red pepper placed atop the spread in a X shape and a sprig of parsley, if desired. Accompany with crisp crackers or pita or pretzel chips.