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The Perfect Cheese Ball
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The Perfect Cheese Ball

1 Hr(s) 15 Min(s)
15 Min(s) Prep
1 Hr(s) Cook
Combine a nutty exterior & a creamy port wine-and-cranberry interior for The Perfect Cheese Ball. What else could we call this perfect cheese ball recipe?
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16 servings
Original recipe yields 16 servings
1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbsp. port wine
1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1/4 cup maple-flavored or pancake syrup
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Let's Make It
1
Mix cream cheese spread, cheddar, cranberries and wine until blended. Refrigerate 1 hour.
2
Shape into ball or other desired shape; coat with nuts. Place on serving plate.
3
Drizzle with syrup before serving.
Kitchen Tips
Tip 1
Size Wise
At 16 servings, this flavorful cheese spread is the perfect recipe to prepare for your next party.
Tip 2
Serving Suggestion
Serve with assorted crackers and/or cut-up fresh vegetables, such as carrot and celery sticks.
Tip 3
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.
Tip 4
Variation
Omit the port wine.
Nutrition
Calories
140
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g
14%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg
8%
Sodium 150mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fibers 1g
4%
Sugars 6g
12%
Protein 4g
8%
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
10%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
servings
16 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
* 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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