Cheese Ball

I’m a little behind these days, so it’s no surprise I didn’t get around to sharing this recipe in time for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  But it’s also great for New Year’s or any other party you have coming up.  We actually served it at our wedding reception many a year ago. : )
And I’ll share my homemade cracker recipe pictured here, promise!
My personal preference is to form smaller balls, about 1 1/2 inches across and that way I can have a variety to serve, some rolled in pecans, some in parsley, and some in bacon.  And it makes serving much easier and looks better too.  This is my mom’s recipe she’s made for many, many, many years.  It’s been served on holiday’s since I can remember, family weddings, etc.  And everyone always loves it and wants the recipe. I’ve changed it only slightly, leaving out the green bell pepper, and adding bacon occasionally.  And my mom only served it rolled in nuts, but we all really like the new varieties as well.  Feel free to get creative with yours, I think it would be good with sun dried tomatoes mixed in, or maybe some smoked cheese, etc. Have fun experimenting and Happy New Year!
CHEESE BALL
Recipe adapted from my mom
1 lb. shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 cups)
8 oz cream cheese
2 oz jar pimentos, drained
1 T chopped onion
1/4 tsp Worcestershire
1 tsp lemon juice
dash salt
1 T sugar
1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon, optional
For rolling: 1 cup finely chopped pecans, cooked bacon, or parsley
Combine all ingredients (expect for nuts) in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.
Process until well blended.  Can be shaped into one or a couple large balls, or a log (which you can slice), or a bunch of smaller balls.  Roll in nuts, bacon, or parsley.  YIELD: one 5″ Cheese ball
Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 cups)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 oz jar pimentos, drained
  • 1 T chopped onion
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • dash salt
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon, optional
    For rolling:
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, cooked bacon, or parsley

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients (expect for nuts) in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.
  • Process until well blended. Can be shaped into one or a couple large balls, or a log (which you can slice), or a bunch of smaller balls. Roll in nuts, bacon, or parsley.
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