Gorgonzola and Cranberry Cheese Ball

A cheese ball is a classic appetizer to take to any gathering, and it's so easy to make. This version, studded with tangy dried cranberries, is a holiday hit.

Yield

2 cups (8 servings)

Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons each finely chopped onion, celery, green pepper and sweet red pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
3/4 cup chopped pecans
assorted crackers

Directions

In a small bowl, combine cheeses. Stir in the cranberries, vegetables and pepper sauce. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with crackers.

Nutritional Information

1/4 cup (calculated without crackers) equals 274 calories, 22 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 277 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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