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Beef and Pickle Cheese

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 2 tablespoons
Prep 10 mins Chill 4 hrs
Beef and Pickle Cheese
Ingredients
  • 3  cups  shredded Monterey Jack cheese (12 ounces)
  • 2/3  cup  mayonnaise
  • 1/2  cup  chopped thinly sliced dried beef or cooked ham
  • 1/2  cup  chopped dill pickles
  • 1 3  ounce package  cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4  teaspoon  garlic powder
  •  Chopped dill pickles (optional)
  •  Zwieback and/or rye crackers
Directions

1. In a large bowl, stir together Monterey Jack cheese, mayonnaise, dried beef, 1/2 cup dill pickle, cream cheese, and garlic powder.

2. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. If desired, garnish with additional dill pickle. Serve as a spread with zwieback and/or crackers.

From the Test KitchenPimiento Cheese:
  • Prepare as directed, except substitute cheddar cheese for the Monterey Jack cheese and omit the dried beef, dill pickle, and cream cheese. Stir one 4-ounce jar sliced pimiento, drained and chopped; 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce; and 1 teaspoon yellow mustard into cheese mixture, mashing with the back of a spoon (mixture will be chunky). Serve with assorted crackers. Makes 18 (2-tablespoon) servings.
  • Per serving: 137 cal., 13 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 23 mg chol., 169 mg sodium, 1 g carb., 0 g fiber, 5 g pro.
Jalapeno Cheese:
  • Prepare as directed, except substitute Colby and Monterey Jack cheese (or 1 1/2 cups Colby and Monterey Jack cheese and 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers) for the Monterey Jack cheese and omit the dried beef, dill pickle, and cream cheese. Stir one 4-ounce can diced jalapeno chile peppers, drained, and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce into the cheese mixture. Serve with assorted crackers. Makes 18 (2-tablespoon) servings.
  • Per serving: 137 cal., 13 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 23 mg chol., 169 mg sodium, 1 g carb., 0 g fiber, 5 g pro.
Nutrition Facts (Beef and Pickle Cheese)
  • Servings Per Recipe 24,
  • cal. (kcal) 114,
  • Fat, total (g) 10,
  • chol. (mg) 21,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • pro. (g) 5,
  • sodium (mg) 231,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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