Stunning Holiday Cheese Ball Recipe

Stunning Holiday Cheese Ball Recipe

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When I make this cheese ball, I make several and put them in the refrigerator and take them out one by one as I go to friends and family.  Always a big hit.

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Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs. finely chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 oz.) Neufchatel cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 3 green onions (finely chopped with tops, 1/3 C.)
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. hot red pepper sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese (4 oz.)
  • 1/4 C. minced parsley

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spread out the pecans in a small pan. Bake, tossing once, for 8 minutes or until toasted. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, place the cream cheese, onions, mustard, red pepper sauce, and garlic. With an electric mixer at moderate speed, beat for 3 minutes or until well blended. Stir in the cheddar cheese. Wrap the mixture in plastic wrap, shape into a 4-inch ball, and chill for 15 minutes. On wax paper, toss the toasted pecans with the parsley. Unwrap the cheese ball and carefully roll it in the parsley mixture, coating it completely. Rewrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until time to serve. Place the ball on a serving platter and surround with an assortment of crackers. 

Yield:  24 Servings.  1 Tbs. has: Calories 50, Saturated Fat 2g, Total Fat 4g, Protein 2g, Carbohydrate 1g, Fiber 0g, Sodium 72mg, Cholesterol 12mg

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