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.
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|1||8-oz block cream cheese|
|1 Teaspoon||olive oil|
|1/2 Teaspoon||freshly ground black pepper|
|1/4 Cup||cherry preserves|
|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.
1 8-oz block cream cheese
1 Teaspoon olive oil
1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground 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!
1/4 Cup cherry preserves
Crackers or crostini, for serving
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