The Perfect Cheese Ball

This cheese ball recipe is from an old friend and is super easy.  The card in my recipe box is filled out in her handwriting.  I like that — makes me think of her every time I make this special treat.

It has become a favorite in our house around the holidays.  You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry.   It can be made well in advance and stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks or for several months in the freezer.

The recipe makes two cheese balls — one for yourself and one for a friend.  I like to wrap it securely in saran wrap and then gift-wrap in cellophane for a festive touch.  Add a cute little appetizer knife and a box of crackers and it makes a darling hostess gift.  perfect cheeseball

The Perfect Cheeseball

2 packages Cream Cheese, softened

3 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 Tablespoon Pimento, chopped

1 Tablespoon Onion, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon Green Pepper, finely chopped

1 1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1 1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

Dash of Salt and Pepper

1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

Pecans, finely chopped

Mix the two cheeses well (clean ring-free hands work best).  Add remaining ingredients and blend well.

Divide into two balls and roll in chopped pecans to cover.   It is better with age — so make it a few days before needed.  Yum!

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