Cherry-Cheese Mold

Cherries and honey-roasted almonds add a subtle sweet flavor to a spread featuring three cheeses.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
4
oz Muenster cheese, shredded (1 cup)
4
oz white Cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)
2
tablespoons finely chopped onion
2
tablespoons cherry-flavored liqueur
1
cup pitted fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) dark sweet cherries
3/4
cup honey-roasted sliced almonds
3
packages (2.82 oz each) mini toasts (96 toasts)
  • 1 In food processor, place cheeses, onion and liqueur. Cover; process until smooth and well mixed; spoon into large bowl. Chop 3/4 cup of the cherries. Reserve remaining 1/4 cup cherries and 2 tablespoons of the almonds. Stir chopped cherries and remaining almonds into cheese mixture until well mixed and mixture is pink.
  • 2 Line 3-cup bowl or heart-shaped mold with double layer of cheesecloth. Spoon cheese mixture into mold. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 3 Unmold cheese mixture onto serving plate. Cut reserved cherries in half. Garnish top of cheese mold with halved cherries and reserved almonds. Serve with mini toasts.

Expert Tips

You can use an assortment of small crackers instead of the mini toasts.

The honey-roasted sliced almonds, often used in salads, are found in packages in the produce department.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
160mg
160%;
Total Carbohydrate
11g
11%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.