When Zumba girls play, they go “Nuts”

We sure have a lot of fun up in the White Mountains!  One of my favorite pastimes  is my Zumba Class (Isn’t it obvious that I am a Fitness Fanatic?).  Ha!  Anyway, we recently had a party and there was SO much wonderful food.  One of the favorites was this cute little “Pinecone” Appetizer, which Sweet Kathleen brought.  Thanks Zumba Buddy!!

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Somebody got to this before I got a cute picture, but trust me, it looked just like a Pinecone!

CREAM CHEESE ALMOND “PINECONE” APPETIZER

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 Tbs. prepared horseradish

1/3 cup chopped stuffed green olives

1/3 cup imitation or real bacon bits

4 oz. smokey whole almonds (approximately)

Parsley sprigs for garnish.  Crackers for serving. (this resembles a cheese ball, so stick a knife in it!)

Been together first 3 ingredients.  Stir in olives and bacon bits.  Chill several hours  When ready to serve, shape mixture into a pinecone shape.  Beginning at the pointed end, layer almonds covering top then sides.  Finish by placing parsley sprigs at the top to resemble stems.

Note:  This is one of those fun recipes that you can change around, such as using black olives instead of green…..or scallions. Use your noggin!

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this is what cute Zumba girls wear on 4th of July!

 


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