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Appetizers

Party Cheese Ball

Party Cheese Ball recipe
photo by:kraft
Known to frequent holiday open houses, this creamy cheese ball appetizer with a nutty exterior doesn't stick around long.
time
prep:
15 min
total:
3 hr 15 min
servings
total:
24 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
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What You Need

2
pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1
pkg.  (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1
Tbsp.  finely chopped onions
1
Tbsp.  chopped red bell peppers
2
tsp.  Worcestershire sauce
1
tsp.  lemon juice
Dash  ground red pepper (cayenne)
1
cup  chopped PLANTERS Pecans, toasted

Make It

BEAT cream cheese and cheddar in small bowl with mixer until blended.

ADD all remaining ingredients except nuts; mix well. Refrigerate several hours.

SHAPE into ball; roll in nuts. Serve with RITZ Crackers.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Variation
Prepare by reducing the amount of Cheddar cheese to 1/2 cup and using PHILADELPHIA 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese and KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese. In addition, coat the cheese ball with chopped fresh parsley instead of chopped nuts.
Substitute
Substitute pimentos for the red bell peppers and/or toasted chopped PLANTERS Slivered Almonds or finely chopped fresh parsley for the nuts.
Variation
Mix cream cheese mixture as directed; shape into log or 24 small balls, each about 1 inch in diameter. Roll in nuts until evenly coated. Serve as directed.
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