French Quarter Pecan Cheese Spread

French Quarter Pecan Cheese Spread is an amazing appetizer for a Mardi Gras party or any get together. It’s so easy to make and consists of a cream cheese disc flavored with a little onion and garlic, topped with a pecan praline sauce.

French Quarter Pecan Cheese Spread

 

French Quarter Pecan Cheese Spread is the perfect sweet and salty combination and it is so easy to make in advance.

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This recipe just uses 1 package of cream cheese which makes an appetizer perfect for a small gathering. For a large party, just double the recipe.

French Quarter Pecan Cheese Spread. Praline sauce covers a delcious cream cheese disc.

 

The cream cheese part is made with just a few teaspoons of grated onion and a teaspoon of minced garlic. Just this little bit of onion and garlic gives the cream cheese so much flavor. It’s best to make it a day in advance for the best flavor.

The pecan praline sauce only takes a few minutes to make. It’s best to prepare it just before serving so that the sauce part stays liquid and drips down the sides. But in a pinch, you can prepare the whole thing ahead of time. It will still be delicious.

The praline sauce is made from a simple mixture of butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, with a little pinch of cayenne pepper. So much flavor!

French Quarter Pecan Cheese Spread

French Quarter Pecan Cheese Spread
Prep Time
1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
1 hr 8 mins
 

French Quarter Pecan Cheese Spread is an amazing appetizer for a Mardi Gras party or any get together. It's so easy to make and consists of a cream cheese disc flavored with a little onion and garlic, topped with a pecan praline sauce.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons grated or very finely minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread pecans out on a baking sheet and place in oven for 6 to 8 minutes to toast. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix the onion and garlic into the cream cheese. Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.

  3. Just before serving, cut butter into pieces so it will melt faster and place in a saucepan. Add brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, dried mustard, and cayenne pepper and heat over medium-low, stirring often, until sugar is dissolved.

  4. Stir pecans into butter mixture. Let cool a few minutes and then spoon on top of cream cheese.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

 

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