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The Perfect Cheese Ball

The Perfect Cheese Ball is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 15.
Prep Time
15
min.
Total Time
1
hr.
15
min.
Servings

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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Make It

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  • Mix cream cheese spread, cheddar, cranberries and wine until blended. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Shape into ball or other desired shape; coat with nuts. Place on serving plate.
  • Drizzle with syrup before serving.
Please use alcohol responsibly.

Size Wise

At 16 servings, this flavorful cheese spread is the perfect recipe to prepare for your next party.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with assorted crackers and/or cut-up fresh vegetables, such as carrot and celery sticks.

Variations

Omit syrup. Prepare cheese mixture as directed, then choose one of the following options: Wreath: Omit nuts. Drop cheese mixture by spoonfuls into ring on serving plate. Garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley and red peppers. Yule Logs: Divide cheese mixture in half. Roll each half into log. Coat with chopped fresh parsley in addition to the nuts. Decorated Christmas Tree: Drop cheese mixture 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 cheese mixture 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 cheese mixture into 1/2-inch balls. Roll in KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, ground PLANTERS Pecans, dry bread crumbs or chopped fresh parsley.

Variation

Omit the port wine.

Servings

  • 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 140
Total fat 11g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 150mg
Carbohydrate 8g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
% Daily Value
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.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from this cheese ball was fabulous ,very tasty,must admit tho I did not put the wine in or drizzle with... this cheese ball was fabulous ,very tasty,must admit tho I did not put the wine in or drizzle with syrup,it was a hit, half was gone before the main meal and the other half after the meal and there were only 4 of us....the cranberries really taste good in it,I use the cranraisins with cherry flavor only because the others were sold out but it was still YUMMY!....Thanks
Date published: 2005-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was a huge hit at a pitch-in type family gathering. It was a huge hit at a pitch-in type family gathering. I actually made two of the recipe using two different types of dried cranberries and both were almost gone. And this from a group of about 20 people!!
Date published: 2003-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This is a good recipe if you want a light, fruity cheeseball. This is a good recipe if you want a light, fruity cheeseball. Several people I served it to liked it quite well, but I have had other cheeseballs I liked better. It is quite easy to make.
Date published: 2006-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I added some more Port Wine then called for making it have more flavor. I added some more Port Wine then called for making it have more flavor. I also added more of the cranberries. Family loved it! Was very easy and fast to make!!!
Date published: 2005-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made the perfect cheese ball, and let me tell you it was "perfect". I made the perfect cheese ball, and let me tell you it was "perfect". Everyone at my party raved about it. I'm going to make it for christmas.
Date published: 2004-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from i have made this a couple of times for holidays. 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.
Date published: 2006-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i left out the cranberries and i added 2 tbsp of old english cheese also, very easy and not to... i left out the cranberries and i added 2 tbsp of old english cheese also, very easy and not to heavy!
Date published: 2006-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tastes great. Tastes great. However, since it is on the sweet side, I would consider the menu before serving.
Date published: 2005-12-02
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