8 ozcream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cmoist-pack dried apricots, cut in small pieces
6 Tbspwhole hazelnuts
1/4 cpoppy seeds
·crackers and italian parsley for decoration
How to Make Apricot-Nut Cheese
- In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add apricots and beat to blend well.
- Preheat oven F 350. Spread hazelnuts evenly on a baking sheet and bake about 10 min, or until lightly toasted. Cool.
Pour nuts onto a paper towel, fold towel around nuts and rub briskly between your palms to remove as much of skins as possible. Return nuts to oven and bake 5 min. longer or until golden.Cool, chop coarsely and add to cheese.
- On a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper, form cheese mixture into an 8 inch-long log.
- To serve, place log on a cheese board and cut in about 3/8 inch thick slices. Garnish with Italian parsley.
Makes about 20 pieces