Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Holiday Cheese Ball

This is the Holy Grail of cheeseballs.  I really shouldn't need to give any further explanation about why you should recreate this cheeseball ASAP.  If it weren't for my cheeseball-loving husband, I probably never would have found this recipe.  This is seriously one serious ball of cheese, among other magical ingredients.  It was quickly devoured on Christmas Eve by my family, and it will be by yours as well.
Holiday Cheese Ball
Source: America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
4 T butter, softened
2 T minced onion, rinsed and patted dry
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 t tabasco sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 t pepper

Chopped pecans

Place all ingredients, except the pecans, in a food processor.  If you don't have a food processor, you can use a mixer to thoroughly combine all the ingredients.  Beat it until smooth.

Place a piece of Saran Wrap into a bowl and plop the cheese mixture into the Saran wrap.  Wrap the plastic wrap around the cheese ball and shape into a ball.  Place it into the fridge and let it set for about 3-4 hours. Or, if you have a husband like mine, you can wait only two.

If you're using the pecans, roll the cheeseball in them to coat the outside of the cheeseball.  You can also use sliced almonds, walnuts, or fresh herbs to coat the outside.

Serve with crackers, vegetables, or just shove your face into the side and take a bite.  All will be glorious.

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