Pistachio Cheese Spread 3

Two 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
2 cups grated Sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Chopped shelled natural California pistachios
1/2 cup chopped green onions or chives
3 tbs brandy or apple juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/6 tsp cayenne pepper
Chopped shelled natural California pistachios for garnish

Combine all ingredients except nuts for garnish. Beat until thoroughly blended*. Spoon into 4 crocks (3x2-1/2 inch); top with chopped pistachios.

Or, refrigerate cheese mixture; when firm, shape into 4 balls. Roll balls in chopped pistachios.

Makes 3-1/2 cups

For smaller portion, combine:
One 3 oz pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tbs each chopped shelled natural California pistachios
2 tbs green onions
1-1/2 tsp brandy or apple juice
Dash each garlic powder and cayenne pepper

Makes 2/3 cup.

*Recipe can be prepared in food processor. Combine all ingredients; process 30 to 45 seconds.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana