Friday, December 21

Christmas Cheesball

I remember my mom serving a Cheeseball around the Holiday's.  I can't recall if she made them herself, but I did always love a good Cheeseball.  I was in charge of bringing an appetizer to a party this last week and I thought a Cheeseball would be the perfect thing.  Of course I had never made a Cheeseball before, but I found a recipe I thought I could work with and it turned out great!  I was glad the recipe made two Cheeseballs, because I had one to share, and one for myself later!

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup Colby Jack cheese
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoons dried parsley
pinch of pepper
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

1/2 cup Pecans(finely chopped)

Place the softened Cream Cheese in a mixer.  With the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese until smooth. Add the Sharp and Colby Jack cheese and mix until just combined. Add the seasonings and sauces to the cheese mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.

Separate mixture into 2 round balls. Roll each ball in the finely chopped Pecans until coated.  Cover each Cheeseball in saran wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.  (the hot pepper only gives these a slight kick, so don't be afraid of it.  Although it was enough for my 2 year old to declare, this is spicy!)
(Recipe adapted from here)

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