It’s time for a delicious Cranberry Nut Cheese Ball y’all. That’s right, the holidays are upon us and nothing says ‘celebration’ like a whole lotta cheese dressed up with dried cranberries and nuts!
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The Cranberry Nut Cheese Ball:
This Cranberry Nut Cheeseball is pretty much what it sounds like, cranberries, cream cheese, white cheddar, nuts, some dried and fresh herbs, all mixed together, formed into a ball and then rolled in more nuts, cranberries and herbs.
Crackers Aren’t the Only Thing You Can Spread it on!
Of course crackers are the traditional accompaniment to a holiday cheeseball. But may I suggest something a little sweeter? Like apple slices? Or how about carrot or celery slices or even pretzels?
Prefer Your Cheese and Cranberries Warm? Try My Baked Brie!
If you like your appetizer to have more of a warm, cozy, comfort food feel try my Baked Brie, it’s fabulous and has a hint of orange zest!
The Recipe: Cranberry Nut Cheese Ball
An easy to make holiday appetizer
- 8 ounces good quality cream cheese
- 1 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- pinch sea salt
- 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
- 1 cup roasted pecans or walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup chives, sliced thinly
- apple slices, crackers, salty pretzels, celery or carrot sticks
Prep all ingredients as directed. Use a hand mixer to blend together cream and cheddar cheeses, garlic powder, sea salt, 1/2 a cup of cranberries and nuts, and 1/8th cup of chives until well combined. Toss together the remaining cranberries, nuts and chives and set on a clean surface
Form cheese mixture into a ball and roll into mixed cranberries, nuts and chives, covering the entire ball. Serve immediately or wrap and place in the fridge for later. Note: some people use plastic wrap to mold cheese into a ball. It is helpful but I just hate using plastic, so I choose to get a little messy. It's certainly up to you whether or not to use the plastic method!
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