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Bunco Blue Cheese Spread With Pecan-and-Bacon Topping

Prep time 15 mins
Chill time 8 hrs
Cook time 5 mins
Yield Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings
BRAND WINNER OSCAR MAYER Ready to Serve Breakfast Meats 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 (8-oz.) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (4-oz.) package crumbled blue cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/8 teaspoon MCCORMICK Gourmet Collection Ground (Cayenne) Red Pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon MCCORMICK Gourmet Collection Garlic Powder
  • 4 slices OSCAR MAYER Ready to Serve Bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon DOMINO Dark Brown Sugar
  • PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • Assorted crackers or crostini

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl until blended. Stir in green onions, red pepper, and garlic powder until well blended.

  2. Press cheese mixture into a 2-cup glass bowl or a plastic wrap-lined mold. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

  3. Combine chopped bacon, pecans, and brown sugar. Sauté bacon mixture in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until pecans are toasted and bacon begins to crisp (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat, and let cool.

  4. Invert cheese mixture onto a serving plate. Gently press pecan mixture onto top and sides of cheese mixture. Serve with assorted crackers or crostini.