By Traeger Kitchen
If you have 5 minutes, you can get this festive, crowd-pleasing appetizer ready for the grill. Then forget about it for a couple hours while the wood fire does its thing, making the cheese deliciously gooey and adding a welcome smoky flavor. Feel free to experiment with whatever preserves you have on hand.
|8-oz block cream cheese
|freshly ground black pepper
|Crackers or crostini, for serving
Step 1 Preheat the Traeger with the lid closed to 200˚F; this will take 15 minutes. Line a small baking sheet with foil or have a cast-iron pan handy.
Place the cream cheese on the prepared baking dish or in the pan. Use a knife to make shallow (about 1/2 -inch deep) crosshatch cuts on top of the cream cheese, then brush with the olive oil and sprinkle with the black pepper.
Place the baking sheet or pan directly on the grill grates. For best results, use Super Smoke, if available. Close the lid and smoke for 2 hours.
200 ˚F / 93 ˚C
Top the cheese with the preserves; if preserves are cold, you can warm them on the cheese on the grill for a few minutes. Serve warm with crackers. Enjoy!
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