Sweet and Spicy Cheese Ball for a perfect Friday Night

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The holiday season is about family and creating memories.  I can’t have any big gatherings due to the current circumstance.   I decided to have a movie night with my loved ones while enjoying cheese and wine.

One of my friends from my book club has shared her onion-cranberry-pecan cheese recipe with me.  Tonight, I decided to give it a try and spice it up with some pepper flakes.  It was the highlight of my cheese board.

 

This is what you need to make your own onion-cranberry-pecan cheese ball

8 oz cream cheese softened

2 cups mozzarella shredded cheese

¼ cup green onion shredded

1 cup craisins

1 cup pecans chopped and toasted

¼ chopped parsley (I used parsley flakes)

¼ tsp pepper flakes

Preparation

Leave the cream cheese out for about 1 hr.

Stir together the cream cheese and the mozzarella shredded cheese until they are evenly combined.

Mix the Craisins, green onions, parsley, and pepper flakes.  Form the cheese into a ball.

Spread the pecan in a sheet.

 

Roll the cheese ball on the pecans until it’s completely coated with pecans.

Cover the cheese ball in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours before serving.

This cheese ball will be the center of my cheese platter.

Wherever you are, be safe, be well, and Happy Holiday Season!

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86 COMMENTS

  1. You got me at spicy I love the combination with the nuts, and of course, cheese is my guilty pleasure. Nice appetizer and cheese board!

    • I am not a great chef, but it’s so fun when I make something delicious and I tell myself, you are a chef in your own kitchen!

  2. You just hit it dear. My son loves cheese balls and I always buy them online. Now I can prepare at home. So glad you shared the recipe.

  3. What a wonderful idea! Just like you, we also can’t afford to go out and attend gatherings due to the pandemic. So, this is really a great way to make the night special. Super love your glasses. So festive and perfect for the season.

  4. I can’t help staring at your spread, which is perfect for an evening of Netflix marathon, with wine and a good companion. Amazing and you did an awesome job 🙂

  5. The cheese ball looks so delicious, it is definitely the center piece of the cheese platter. I can imagine your guests were very happy tasting it.

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