Peanut Butter Pâté
Ahh yes... the humble cheese ball. But I want you to overlook its homely appearance; it's a huge favorite of mine. It also has French origins and that's probably what first appealed to me some 30 years ago when I found this recipe. An interesting concoction of ingredients -- I guarantee that anyone who tries this "cheese ball" will feel the same way about it as I do.
I served Peanut Butter Pâté, along with a smoked salmon spread, to guests while I stirred up risotto the other nite. It's a great appetizer to have at the ready during the holiday season.
• 1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
• 2 Tbsp. butter
• 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
• 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
• 2 slices bacon
• 3 green onions, finely chopped
1. Cook and stir mushrooms in butter for 5 minutes; stir in lemon juice. Remove from heat. Beat cream cheese and peanut butter until fluffy. Stir in mushrooms and cover. Refrigerate at least one hour.
2. Fry bacon until crisp; drain and crumble. Shape cream cheese mixture into a ball. Roll ball in bacon and onion; cover. Refrigerate until serving time.
3. Serve with assorted crackers.
• Keeps for several days stored in the refrigerator.
TAKE a LOOK:
11/26/2013 12:33:01 am
Eileen, should I ever find myself at your table, I'm not sure I could behave properly if you served this. I envision my bad self reaching across the table for the whole thing and gnawing on it like corn on cob or a turkey leg. Let's not ever test my hunch. I'll make it in the privacy of my home and see how that goes, first.
11/26/2013 09:26:42 am
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving on Vashon Island, Tom!
11/26/2013 05:49:09 am
Not homely at all!
11/26/2013 09:27:19 am
Happy Thanksgiving, Stacey!
11/26/2013 09:18:53 am
I'll admit I read the recipe and thought "peanut butter, really?" I was a doubting Thomas. Then I read, Bacon - and warmed I bit more. After mulling it around for a few hours I then realized... you haven't steered me wrong yet!
11/26/2013 09:28:46 am
Happy Thanksgiving, Kate & John!
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