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Spicy Cheese Spread with Pita Chips

No recipe image available.A gift of this spicy chili cheese spread with crispy homemade pita chips will be appreciated during the holiday party season.

Recipe Ingredients:

Spicy Cheese Spread:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

Pita Chips:
4 large pita bread rounds
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Spicy Cheese Spread: Combine first 6 ingredients, mixing well.
  2. Spoon into 2 (1/2 cup) containers and sprinkle with paprika. cover and chill at least 8 hours.
  3. Pita Chips: Separate each bread round into 2 pieces; cut each piece into 8 edges. Place in a large heavy duty zip-top plastic bag.
  4. Combine butter and remaining ingredients and drizzle over pita wedges. Seal bag and shake to coat well.
  5. Place wedges in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 300°F (150°C) for 30 minutes or until crisp.
  7. Cool completely and divide in half. Store in airtight containers.

Makes 2 (1/2 cup) cheese spread gift containers and 2 (32-chip) gift bags.

DIRECTIONS FOR GIFT CARD: Store Spicy Cheese Spread in refrigerator up to 1 week; serve with Pita Chips.

Adapted from a recipe from Southern Living.