Creative cheese ball jazzes up
The holiday season is nearly upon us, and that means gift-giving, family time and…finger food!!
Luckily home cook Leah Stacey created this snack-tastic appetizer recipe for any occasion from Thanksgiving to your next tailgate. Part sweet and part savory, it’s a creative take on the cheese ball, and an addictive addition to any buffet spread.
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Cranberry Orange cheese Ball
1 c dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 c frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
16 oz cream cheese, softened to room temp
1/4 c confectioners’ sugar
3/4 c pecans, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sugar
Crackers, for serving
Chop cranberries in a food processor or blender.
Add cream cheese, OJ and sugar. Blend in processor until all is creamed together.
Place onto sheet of wax paper and shape in a ball (the best you can). Let it chill overnight to stiffen up a bit. You can shape it better the next day when it is a little harder.
For pecans, melt butter in a pan on med heat. Add pecans and sugar and mix well stirring frequently, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let pecans burn!
Place pecans on a sheet of waxed paper spreading them out to let cool.
Right before serving, take cheese ball from fridge and press pecans all over until covered. Place cheese ball on a plate or platter and serve with crackers such as Ritz.
“[This recipe] is sweet and tart. It’s not your average cheese ball!” — Leah Stacey, Montgomery, AL (pop. 205,764)