Zesty/Peppery/Sweet-Blue Cheese and Date Spread -- or Balls!


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125 mins (prep 5, cooking 120)
10 ingredients
4.25 servings
Modified from an Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC.com) online What's For Dinner recipe, made famous by Ann Sprague of Smyrna, who got the recipe from neighbor Velinda Warda. ---- NOTE: Serve this zesty spread chilled or at room temperature, or make into balls. Great with apple slices, celery sticks, tortilla chips, and/or crackers. I really like this spread with tortilla chips -- you get zesty, peppery-sweet, and salty!

Categories:  beginner-cook , fruit , north-american , super-bowl , nuts , <-4-hours , cheese , appetizer , snack , eggs~dairy , time-to-make , holiday , easy , pitted-fruits , spreads , american , number-of-servings , southern-u.s. , to-go... , for-large-groups ,
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pecans (measured, then toasted and chopped fine)
  • 16 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened (lower fat neufchatel suggested)
  • 4 ounces blue cheese (crumbled)
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (grated ~ equals 1 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large lemon, zest of (save lemon pulp or juice for another purpose)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper
  • 8 ounces chopped dates
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans (if making into balls ~ toasted and chopped fine) (optional)

Nutrition

Serving Size (200.93 g)
Servings 4.25
Amount per Serving
Calories 1261.58 Calories from Fat 1161.36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 129.04g 843.73%
Saturated Fat 15.95g 338.92%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 28.02mg 39.69%
Sodium 302.49mg 53.57%
Total Carbohydrate 23.49g 33.28%
Dietary Fiber 16.03 g 272.56%
Sugars 6.77 g %
Protein 21.96g 186.65%
Vitamin A 360.88IU% Vitamin C 1.84mg%
Calcium 309.37mg% Iron 4.41mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
 
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
low-fat cream cheese, blue cheese, large lemon, grated black pepper, chopped dates
 

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