Savory Three-Cheese Spread

"This cheesy spread is totally customizable. Feel free to create your own version with whatever you have on hand."
photo by I Cook Therefore I photo by I Cook Therefore I
photo by I Cook Therefore I
photo by I Cook Therefore I photo by I Cook Therefore I
photo by Caroline Cooks photo by Caroline Cooks
photo by Caroline Cooks photo by Caroline Cooks
Ready In:
1 1/4 cups




  • Spread cream cheese onto bottom of 2 1/2 cup microwaveable dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, ham and parmesan cheese.
  • Microwave on high 1 minute or until heated through.
  • Top spread with bell peppers, onions and cayenne pepper. Serve with crackers.
  • Makes 1 1/4 cups or 10 servings, 2 T each.
  • Substitute: Switch sliced jalapeno peppers, chopped roasted red peppers or salsa with any of the toppings for a different flavor combo.

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  1. atm1970
    Tasty little spread I made for the games this afternoon. I love the crunch of the scallions on top and the creaminess of the cheese. This is very a filling and satisfying football snack! Just a thought- this would be a great way to use of left over ham. Congrats on you football pool win and thanks for the recipe.
  2. Ginny Sue
    Nice, all-purpose spread that is easy to prepare. I topped mine with chopped roasted red pepper and pepperoncini.
  3. I Cook Therefore I
    Try as I might, I just could NOT get this cheese "ball" to form a ball after I microwaved it (and it was only in the microwave for 30 seconds.) At first I thought this would effect my rating...but then I tasted it and oh wowie was it good I just couldn't let it's shape count against it. This was so easy, and I was thinking that even if I can't get it into a ball, serving it in a ramiken with the bells and green onions on top would look REALLY festive for Christmas. Thanks for posting!!
  4. Caroline Cooks
    Excellent spread!! The flavors meld so well; the taste is great; The possibilities endless. Made into cheese ball. I definitely will make this again, Lainey. THANKS!
  5. Kittencalrecipezazz
    This is a great spread but needed some fresh garlic and some amount adjustments to suit our tastes! thanks for sharing hon!...Kitten:)


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