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Creative Cheese Ball Jazzes Up Party Spreads

Creative Cheese Ball Jazzes Up Party Spreads

By Janet Thorpe

 

 

 

Theholiday season is nearly upon us, and that means gift-giving, family timeand…finger food!! Luckilyhome cook Leah Stacey created this snack-tastic appetizer recipe for anyoccasion from Thanksgiving to your next tailgate. Part sweet and part savory,it’s a creative take on the cheese ball, and an addictive addition to anybuffet spread. Seestep-by-step photos of Leah’s recipe plus thousands more from home cooks aroundthe country at: www.justapinch.com/cheeseball You’llalso find a meal planner, coupons and chances to win! Enjoy and remember, use”just a pinch”… -Janet “[Thisrecipe] is sweet and tart. It’s not your average cheese ball!” -LeahStacey {{more}} Cranberry OrangeCheese Ball What You Need CHEESEBALL 1c dried cranberries, chopped 1/4c frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 16oz cream cheese, softened to room temp 1/4c confectioners’ sugar CARAMELIZEDPECANS 3/4c pecans, coarsely chopped 1tbsp butter 2tbsp sugar Crackers,for serving Directions •Chop cranberries in a food processor or blender. •Add cream cheese, OJ and sugar. Blend in processor until all is creamedtogether. •Place onto sheet of wax paper and shape in a ball . Let itchill overnight to stiffen up a bit. You can shape it better the next day whenit is a little harder. •For pecans, melt butter in a pan on med heat. Add pecans and sugar and mix wellstirring frequently, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let pecans burn! •Place pecans on a sheet of waxed paper spreading them out to let cool. •Right before serving, take cheese ball from fridge and press pecans all overuntil covered. Place cheese ball on a plate or platter and serve with crackerssuch as Ritz. Submittedby: Leah Stacey, Montgomery, AL www.justapinch.com/cheeseball ©2011 Just A Pinch Recipe Club. Broughtto you by American Hometown Media Used byPermission.

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