Double-Cheese Wheel

A great "how did you do that?" appetizer, but there will be little time for questions with this delicious double-cheese dip.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 15 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

1
whole firm round Chihuahua or Monterey Jack cheese (1 pound)
1
package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts or pepperoncini peppers, drained
1/4
cup pine nuts, toasted
1 1/2
teaspoons chopped fresh basil leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
Crackers, if desired

  • 1 Remove any waxed coating or rind from Chihuahua cheese. Hollow out cheese with knife or spoon, leaving 1/2-inch thick side and bottom; reserve cheese shell.
  • 2 Finely chop enough of the scooped-out cheese to measure 1 cup. (Reserve any extra for another use.)
  • 3 Place 1 cup chopped cheese, the cream cheese, artichoke hearts, 3 tablespoons of the pine nuts and the basil in food processor. Cover and process using quick on-and-off motions until well mixed.
  • 4 Pack mixture into cheese shell.
  • 5 Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon pine nuts; press lightly. Cover and refrigerate about 3 hours or until filling is firm.
  • 6 Cut into thin wedges. Serve with crackers.

Expert Tips

Chihuahua cheese is an exceptional cheese that originated from Mexico. Its texture is perfect for blending into a smooth and creamy dip.

This easy yet impressive, do-ahead appetizer is perfect to take with you when you're supposed to bring something for nibbling. When you reach your destination, arrange the filled chilled cheese shell on a platter with crackers surrounding it.

Toast pine nuts by placing in a dry skillet and cooking over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant. You’ll have perfectly toasted pine nuts in about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
95
(
Calories from Fat
70 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8 g
8 %
(Saturated Fat
5 g,
5 %
),
Cholesterol
20 mg
20 %;
Sodium
135 mg
135 %;
Total Carbohydrate
1 g
1 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
5 g
5 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
14%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 High-Fat Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.