16 oz. softened cream cheese
1/4 lb Swiss cheese, grated
1/4 lb crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup brandy
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 cups Whole Natural or Blanched Whole
Combine first 6 ingredients; beat until smooth. Cover
and refrigerate 1 hour. Form cheese mixture into the
shape of a large pinecone. Place on serving plate.
Beginning at narrow end of cone, carefully press
almonds about 1/4 inch deep into cheese mixture in
rows, making sure that pointed end of each almond
extends at a slight angle, Continue pressing almonds
into cheese mixture in rows, with rows slightly
overlapping, until all cheese is covered. Garnish
pinecone with pine sprigs, if desired.
Serve with crackers.