Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!! Try This Cheese Ball!

I love this cheese ball.  I've been making it for our New Year's Eve festivities for a few years now.  The recipe uses sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and garlic for great flavor.  Then you roll the ball in pecans.... you can see I was in a hurry today and didn't completely cover the poor ball.  It's still fun though.  I also forgot the parsley... oops.  This recipe comes from Allrecipes (and that is my pic on the recipe page... my ball looked better back then, and I'm using the same blue plate!  Ha ha ha).  When I make this, I only want one small cheese ball, so I cut the recipe into 1/3.

Cheese Ball

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
5 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

1.In an electric food processor or blender, combine cream cheese, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce. Blend well. Add Cheddar cheese and process until the Cheddar is fine, but still very visible. Shape the mixture into a ball or a log. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and place in the freezer.*

2.While the balls are in the freezer, combine the ground pecans and parsley in a shallow bowl. Remove the balls from the freezer and roll them in the pecan and parsley mixture. 
*(Or you can just be lazy like me and roll it in pecans right away and forget the freezer altogether).

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JelliDonut said...

Oh yeah! Love this cheese ball. I like to toast the pecan--adds a lot of flavor. Happy New Year!

Linda said...

I just saved it to my recipe files!

Happy New Year!

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Yum, yum! I'm making this tomorrow!
Happy New Year!