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.
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!