The Perfect Cheese Ball

4.4
(23) 18 Reviews
Prep Time
15
min.
Total Time
1
hr.
15
min.
Servings

2 cups spread or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

Calling this The Perfect Cheese Ball is a big claim. But with its nutty exterior and creamy port wine-and-cranberry interior, what else could we call it?

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  • Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cranberries and wine until well blended; cover. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Shape into ball or other desired shape; coat with pecans. Place on serving plate.
  • Drizzle with syrup before serving with assorted crackers and cut-up fresh vegetables, such as carrot and celery sticks.
Please use alcohol responsibly.

Size Wise

At 16 servings, this spread is perfect to serve at a party.

Variations

Prepare cheese mixture as directed, then choose one of the following options: Wreath: Drop by spoonfuls into ring on serving plate. Garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley and red peppers. Yule Logs: Divide in half. Roll each half into log. Coat with pecans and chopped fresh parsley. Decorated Christmas Tree: Drop by spoonfuls in triangular shape on platter. Add a few pretzel sticks for tree trunk and chopped red, green and yellow peppers for tree decorations. Snowman: Divide into three different-size balls (one small, one medium and one large). Coat balls with KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese. Place largest ball at bottom of serving plate for base of snowman. Place medium-size ball at top of large ball, and then smallest ball at top for snowman's head. Decorate with peppercorns or sliced black olives. Add a baby carrot for the nose. Truffles: Shape into 1/2-inch balls. Roll in KRAFTGrated Parmesan Cheese, ground PLANTERS Pecans, dry bread crumbs or chopped fresh parsley.

Servings

  • 2 cups spread or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 2 cups spread or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 150
% Daily Value
Total fat 11g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 150mg
Carbohydrate 8g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 7g
Protein 4g
   
Vitamin A 6 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 0 %DV

* 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.

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  • susanfcarpenter |

    great cheese ball everyone loved it!

  • Italy38 |

    perrrrrfect cheese ball for super bowl party.... any crackers or vegetable will do...

  • honugirle |

    i have made this a couple of times for holidays. we serve it with crackers. i add a couple spoonfulls of powder sugar to sweeten up.

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