Smoky-Sweet Bacon Cheese Spread

Recipe by Engrossed
READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
YIELD: 2 cups




  • In a small bowl, cream together neufchatel and feta, scraping the bowl until well combined.
  • Beat in chili powder and ground chipotle powder and adjust to taste.
  • Scrape bowl and beat in bacon, olives, cranberries, and dates until well combined.
  • Stir in last 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese.
  • Put in a covered container and chill for at least 2 hours. The flavors will develop more the longer it sits. You can mold it by pressing plastic wrap into a bowl and pressing the spread into it, cover and chill, then turn out onto serving platter.
  • To serve, spread into a pretty bowl on a platter or mound on a platter. Sprinkle with feta, chili powder and fresh chopped parsley. Surround with desired foods.
  • For Tortilla Wheels, Spread this on flour tortillas, roll them up and tightly wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for a few hours until firm. Unwrap them, trim away ends and cut each roll into 8 slices crosswise to make wheels. You could try baking them too! I would try 400°F Place wheels on baking sheets and bake 15-20 minutes until browned.
  • For stuffed mushrooms, hollow out mushrooms, you can add some chopped stems to the spread. Fill mushrooms with spread and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.