Pecan Date Cheese Ball

This lightly sweet cheese ball is great to have on hand when you crave something creamy or if company drops by. It's even nice enough for the holidays.

Yield

1 4-inch cheese ball (3 1/2 cups or 28 servings)

Ingredients

1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon water
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped pecans
crackers

Directions

In a small bowl, dissolve the mustard in water; let stand for 10 minutes. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Add nutmeg and mustard mixture. Stir in cheese and dates. Chill for 15 minutes. Shape into a ball; roll in pecans. Chill. Serve with crackers.

Nutritional Information

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 119 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 83 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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