Party Cheese Ball

Known to frequent holiday open houses, this creamy appetizer with a nutty exterior doesn't stick around long. Which is exactly why you'll want to keep this recipe handy.

Yield

24 servings (2 tablespoons each)

Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened (e.g. PHILADELPHIA)
1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (e.g. KRAFT)
1 tablespoon finely chopped onions
1 tablespoon chopped red bell peppers
2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted (e.g. PLANTERS)
crackers (e.g. RITZ)

Directions

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and Cheddar with mixer until blended. Add all remaining ingredients except nuts; mix well. Refrigerate several hours.

Shape into ball; roll in nuts. Serve with crackers.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time; 15 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours

Additional Information

Pimentos can be substituted for the red bell peppers and/or toasted chopped slivered almonds or finely chopped fresh parsley for the nuts.

Variation

Mix cream cheese mixture as directed; shape into log or 24 small balls, each about 1 inch in diameter. Roll in nuts until evenly coated. Serve as directed.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories: 130; Total Fat: 13 g: Saturated Fat: 6 g: Cholesterol: 35 mg: Sodium: 135 mg: Carbohydrate: 2 g: Dietary Fiber: 1 g: Sugars: 1 g: Protein: 4 g

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