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Favorite Cheese Ball

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Our favorite cheese ball recipe. Dad complains if we make any other.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • ¼ cups Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ cups Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cups Finely Chopped Onion
  • ½ teaspoons Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • ¼ teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ⅓ cups Dried Cranberries (optional)
  • ½ cups Toasted Pecans, Chopped Coarse (optional)

Preparation

1) Place all ingredients except pecans in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer on medium-low speed until well combined.

2) Scrape the mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. Cover with the plastic wrap and shape into a ball or log. Put the cheese ball on a plate and place in the refrigerator to harden, about 30 minutes – 1 hour.

3) Roll the cheese ball in the chopped pecans and place on a serving plate. Serve with crackers.

Note: this cheese is best if allowed to sit for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to blend. The flavors are best if it is allowed to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving.

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Briana on 6.4.2013

Found out the other day that this is great with raisins, too! I made a half recipe but was out of cranberries. The raisins were just as good.

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myrtle on 12.31.2010

I just made this for my new years party. It has a really good flavour. I added some chestnuts and rolled it in toasted walnuts and chestnuts instead. Thanks for the recipe!

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rozanie on 12.29.2010

Sounds delish!

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iburnrice on 1.18.2010

Fabulous recipe!!! I made it twice this weekend… once for Bunco night, and another time to take over to my parent’s house for dinner. First time I made it, I let the cream cheese soften before making the ball. Big mistake… it didn’t harden back up in time. Second time around, I used the cream cheese right out of the refrigerator, and it was perfect! I also grated the onions.

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singingforsupper on 1.17.2010

Fabulous! So quick and easy. My Irish mother was thrilled with it. We used Semifreddi’s Sweet Batard toasted in the broiler and cut into small bite sized pieces. Heaven on a toast point! Terrific combo of flavors, so nice of you to share it with us.

I added a second pinch of cayenne. We like a kick.

I will do this again next holiday season and find handmade cream cheese and artisanal cheddar. I want to see if it makes any difference.

Mine came out after one hour a bit soft but it was fine.

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terrilw on 12.16.2013

Loved this! It definitely needs to sit for a while for the flavors to blend but once they do, it’s awesome.

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nuttymama on 11.22.2012

This was so easy and truly delicious! Due to extended family’s illness we unexpectantly stayed home for Thanksgiving. I had all the ingredients in the frig & pantry to throw this together and the family loved it.

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mommymichelle on 12.15.2011

This was really good making it again for christmas day. I made the exact recipe with the nuts and cranberries. You have to make sure and let the ball set in the fridge for a few hours so the flavors meld together.

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heidij on 12.11.2011

So delicious! I’ll definitely be making this again. Thanks!

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Ashley on 10.11.2011

So good. Best cheese ball I have ever had. The cranberries are amazing. Turned out beautiful.

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