Yield: 8 servings
1 c almonds, sliced (about 4 ounces) 12 oz cream cheese, softened ½ c cheese, Parmesan, grated ¼ cmayonnaise 1-½ ts oregano, fresh, chopped -or ½ t dried 1 sm garlic clove, crushed Crackers
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in oven, shaking pan once or twice, until almonds are lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Cool. >>> 2. In a medium bowl or in a food processor, combine cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, oregano, and garlic. Blend until well mixed. Refrigerate until firm but still pliable, about 1 hour.
3. Place cheese mixture on a serving board or platter and form into shape of a pine cone. Stud top with toasted slivered almonds to complete illusion. Serve with crackers.