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If you like cheese, you’ll love this festive cheese ball with a crushed pecan coating! It is incredibly easy to make and always tends to be a crowd-pleaser. All you need is a few ingredients and some time to let it sit in the fridge. It’s the perfect holiday appetizer for gatherings of any size!

Pecan Cheese Ball Ingredients (Serves 10 – 12)

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 ounces of cheddar, shredded
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, grated finely
  • ¼ of a white onion, grated finely
  • 1-2 dashes of Worcestershire or hot sauce (optional)
  • About half a cup of pecans, chopped finely

Pecan Cream Cheese Ball Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar, garlic, onion, and (optional) sauce.
  2. Use an electric hand mixer to mix until well incorporated (you can do this by hand if you wish).
  3. Roll the cheese mixture into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  5. About 30 minutes before serving, roll the cheese ball in crushed pecans and press gently so they stick.
  6. Serve with crackers, bread, and/or sliced veggies.

Substitute your cream cheese with mascarpone and turn your cheese ball from a savory treat to a sweet one! Add cranberries and cinnamon pecans to give it that extra holiday taste.

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