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Christmas Hors D’oeuvre Idea ~ Cheddar and Pecan Cheese Ball ~

December 20, 2011

Cheddar and Pecan Cheese Ball
Cheddar and Pecan Cheese Ball

I remember the first time my mom made a cheese ball, I thought it was the most divine idea I had ever seen.  A ball of cheese, what a grand idea.  I love cheese.  I love cheese in all forms, I have even come to like blue cheese.  I know, I never thought that would happen but it did.

If you are entertaining this Christmas Season you have to serve a cheese ball with crackers.  You simply have to.  They are easy to make and they are super duper delicious.  There are a wide variety of cheese balls you may concoct.  I am a cheddar cheese lover so I always make a cheddar cheese ball rolled in chopped pecans.  You can get really creative here or you can be safe and make what I like because I know what you like 🙂

These cheese balls may be prepared a month in advance and frozen.  You could also make them and wrap them and give them away as gifts.  I like to give a lovely jar of Holiday Cranberry Chutney, a Cheddar Cheese Ball and a box of crackers away as a gift.  Everyone loves it!

Cheese Balls Base Recipe

1/2 cup butter, softened

3 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

5 dashes hot sauce (such as Tabasco)

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

Cheddar and Pecan

8 ounces sharp orange cheddar cheese, finely shredded

2 tablespoons store-bought chutney

3/4 cup Pecan, finely chopped

Crackers, for serving

To Prepare

Place the butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce,  and pepper into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined. Divide equally among 3 medium bowls.

Stir cheddar cheese and chutney with base mixture in the first bowl. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Roll cheese ball in pecans to coat before serving. Serve with crackers.

If cheddar and pecan isn’t your slice of cheese check out this link for more cheesey varieties.

Makes 3 Cheese Balls

From Martha Stewart

Cheddar and Pecan Cheese Ball

Cheddar and Pecan Cheese Ball

If you are preparing your Christmas spread this year you have to include this cheese ball.  You won’t have to worry about space in your fridge, they will devour this!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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