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2012′s Week #15 Winner: Arlene’s Taco Appetizer

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Arlene’s Taco Appetizer
By Arlene from Naperville, IL

Ingredients:
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
6oz cottage cheese, small curd
1 envelope of taco seasoning (preferably low salt)
1/3 head of lettuce, shredded or thinly sliced (iceberg preferably)
4 tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup spicy salsa or picante sauce
8 oz grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cups black olives, sliced or diced
Taco Chips

Instructions:
1. Thoroughly mix the softened cream cheese, cottage cheese and 1/4 of the taco seasoning pouch
2. Spread the cheese mixture evenly onto a large serving platter
3. Spread the shredded lettuce in a layer on top, followed by a sprinkle of about 1/4 of the taco seasoning pouch
4. Spread the diced tomatoes and salsa in a layer on top, followed by a sprinkle of about 1/4 of the taco seasoning pouch
5. Spread the grated cheddar cheese in a layer over the tomatoes
6. Spread the black olives in a layer on top, either all over or in a pattern for a special occasion
7. Sprinkle the remainder of the taco seasoning pouch on top
8. Serve with taco chips