Christmas Package Cheese Spread with Crackers

Yesterday, the sign-up sheet went into the break room for our Company Christmas Pot Luck. This year the company is providing most of the food – main dishes are covered. The rest of us are to bring a little something to share. Naturally, my head is dancing with all sorts of possibilities – and I need to remind myself that I can’t go absolutely crazy. I’ve promised myself that at the very most, I’m going to bring two things to share.  Okay, maybe three – four tops!

I am definitely maybe going to make a Holiday Wreath with Versatility – using the traditional colors of the season.  I say definitely maybe because, although the wreath travels well, it’s not something that can be made a day or two in advance. Deviled eggs are always a safe bet, right? The beauty of Deviled Eggs is that they are easy to make the night before, and travel well to any pot luck party. But then again, I would love to serve Chilled Duck with a Zinfandel Reduction Sauce Amuse. Although that might be a bit over the top. See what I mean – my head is simply spinning with ideas.

12-20-2013 (1)Last year, we had a small “cocktail” party (we served appetizers and sparkling cider – no cocktails – alcoholic beverages are a liability for companies these days) and yours truly was in charge of the appetizers.  It was a beautiful spread if I do say so myself – and done with a budget of only $100.00. With the help of my awesome staff (aka Hubby and Kiddo) we served up a double-crock pot of smoked cocktail sausages in a spicy barbecue sauce, platters of Antipasti Kabobs, Spicy Shrimp Shooters, Christmas Party Potato Platter with Fresh Dill and Red Caviar, Deviled Eggs with Caviar and Caper garnish, Smoked Salmon Ball with a Pecan Crust, Spinach and Jalapeno Roll-Ups and a whimsical Christmas Package Cheese Spread with crackers.

I really did enjoy the Christmas Package Cheese Spread. It’s festive, can be made a day or so in advance, and travels well – all the things you typically look for when planning a dish for a pot luck gathering. Maybe I’ll make it again this year . . .

Christmas Package Cheese Spread
8 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
Red bell pepper
Wheat Thin Crackers or other assorted small crackers

Mix the dried dill, garlic powder, and salt into the softened cream cheese.

Pack the mixture into a rectangular container lined with plastic wrap (the cream cheese box works well).

Refrigerate it for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Before serving time, set the “unwrapped” block of cheese on a platter and “wrap” with red pepper polka dots, a green scallion ribbon and red pepper gift tag.

Arrange crackers around the “package” and serve with a pretty holiday butter spreader.


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