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24 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each
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Savor every bite of this tasty spread. Each 2-Tbsp. serving goes a long way on flavor.
Prepare as directed, using one of the following flavor options: Italian: Substitute 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese for the Cheddar, 1/4 cup sliced drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes for the cherries and 1/2 tsp. each Italian seasoning and garlic powder for the pumpkin pie spice. Smoky Bacon: Omit pumpkin pie spice. Mix ingredients as directed, substituting 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese for the shredded CRACKER BARREL Cheese and 2 Tbsp. OSCAR MAYER Real Bacon Bits for the cherries. Stir in 2 sliced green onions, then shape into ball. Herbed: Omit pumpkin pie spice. Prepare as directed, substituting 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese for the Cheddar and 1 clove minced garlic and 2 Tbsp. each chopped fresh parsley, fresh basil and chives for the cherries.
Place cheese ball and knife on decorative platter or cutting board. Wrap with colorful cellophane and ribbon. After serving the cheese ball at the holiday party, the hostess will have a lovely gift to remember the occasion by!
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
Loved the fruit and cheese flavors. Goes well with Ritz. This would make a great gift.
I love this recipe and make it every year. I grate the cheese, and usually only use 1/2 to 3/4 of the block (it's creamier/easier to cut that way.) If you can't find dried cherries in your grocery store- craisins are a decent substitute.
Everyone who tries this loves it and asks for the recipe. Best if allowed to come up to room temperature before serving.