The Wooden Spoon Recipe: Cheesy Party Spread

(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) of cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 tbsp. finely chopped onions
1 tbsp. chopped red bell peppers
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
Dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 cup pecans, toasted and then chopped fine

  • Beat the softened cream cheese and cheddar in a small bowl with a mixer until blended
  • Add all the remaining ingredients except the nuts
  • Mix well
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap
  • Refrigerate several hours
  • Shape into a ball or whatever shape you’d like
  • Roll in the chopped pecans
  • Plate and surround with your favorite crackers

Notes:

  • means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
  • To toast whole pecans, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread the pecans on the baking sheet and bake them just until they become aromatic, about 5 minutes.  Watch them very carefully as they can easily burn.  Let cool and them chop in a food processor.
  • Worcestershire sauce is complex and unique in its flavor and aroma, and frequently used to enhance some food and drink recipes. While the original recipe is closely guarded, it basically consists of barley malt vinegar, spirit vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onions, garlic, spice, and flavorings believed to be  soy sauce, lemons, pickles, and peppers.  The ingredient that sets Worcestershire sauce apart from most sauces is the exotic tamarind, the fruit of Tamarindus indica or Indian date in Arabic. The pods, somewhat resembling a brown pea pod, contain thick, sticky pulp which has a consistency of dates and a spicy date-apricot flavor.  After sitting for two years with periodic stirrings, the mixture is sifted of the solids and bottled. Lea and Perrins devised the recipe in the 1830s, and claims to be The Original Worcestershire sauce and may be the leading global brand of Worcestershire sauce, but other brands offer similar recipes. Some may be vegetarian or vegan, and may add other spices.

If you’d like to be a guest contributor to The Jefferson Chronicle’s Wooden Spoon, please email your recipe clearly noting all ingredients, measurements, and understandable directions to Carol.Punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com and type “The Wooden Spoon” in the Subject line.  Be sure to include your name, address, and a telephone number in the event we need to clarify any information

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.

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