April 17th is National Cheese Ball Day.
Here’s are 10+ cheese ball recipes, spelled cheese ball, if you prefer. The recipes are both savory and sweet.
Whip up a savory cheese ball to serve with beer, wine or cocktails.
Serve a sweet cheese ball with shortbread or other cookies for dessert.
The first recipe is from Taylor Takes a Taste for EatWisconsinCheese.com.
More recipes are below.
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RECIPE: PIMENTO CHEESE BALL WITH SALTED PECANS
Ingredients For 5-8 Servings
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups pecans
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 cups (8 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, grated
4 ounces pimentos, drained and chopped
3 ounces softened cream cheese
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated yellow onion
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1. MELT the butter in a non-stick skillet. Add the pecans and toast until fragrant, but not burned. Remove from the heat and toss in the salt. Allow to cool, then chop into medium to small pieces. Set aside.
2. PLACE the remaining ingredients into a large bowl. With a fork, mix until creamy. Chill for 1 hour.
3. LAY about 12 inches of plastic wrap on a level surface. Scoop out the chilled pimento cheese and form into a ball on top of plastic wrap. Roll the cheese ball in the chopped pecans, making sure the entire surface of ball is covered.
4. WRAP the ball tightly in plastic wrap and freeze. Before serving, allow the frozen ball to thaw for half an hour. Serve with your favorite crackers, chips or pretzels.
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