December 21st, 2014

Bacon Pecan Cheeseball

It’s a tradition at our house to serve a variety of appetizers on Christmas Eve, and a cheeseball is an absolute must! Our favorite cheeseball of all time is a Green Onion Cheeseball–totally simple and totally delicious. This Bacon Pecan Cheeseball is definitely in the running though. What’s not to love about cream cheese, bacon, and cheddar? There’s bacon on the inside, and more on the outside! And you can certainly leave out the nuts for those with allergies, or make two smaller cheeseballs, one with nuts and one without. Like most cream cheese spreads, this can be made several days ahead of time–always a bonus during the holidays. Once you start eating this, it’s hard to stop. Consider yourself warned!

Bacon Pecan Cheeseball

Bacon Pecan Cheeseball

Preparation 15 Total Time 0:00

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup green onions, minced
  • 1 (4 oz.) jar diced pimento, drained
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped, divided
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled and divided
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Crackers, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, mix cream cheese, milk, cheddar, blue cheese, salt and pepper until well combined. Add green onions, pimento, half of the chopped pecans, and half of the crumbled bacon and mix well.
  2. Transfer mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap. Form into a ball and wrap tightly. Refrigerate for at least one hour, or until mixture is firm enough to handle.
  3. Combine the remaining bacon, remaining pecans, parsley and poppy seeds in a shallow dish or pie plate. Roll the cheeseball in the bacon/nut mixture until evenly coated.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with a variety of crackers.

Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Paula Deen.

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Comments

  1. Danelle, this looks delicious! Definitely on the menu for our Christmas dinner. I love love cheese & crackers, especially when the cheese is in ball form!

  2. Cheeseballs are the best for this time of year! This one looks wonderful.

  3. This looks delicious Danelle! This would be good on New Year’s Eve, too.

  4. A season of miracles; even when it comes to foodies. I’ve been searching for this recipe for years. I had this recipe from when I was a teenage. It was in a small Betty Crocker grocery store promotional giveaway cookbook. Each holiday, I would prepare this cheese ball and receive tons of compliments from family and friends. Hence, one holiday while purchasing the ingredients, I left it on the grocery counter. When I went back in to get it, GONE. That was over twenty years ago. I’ve never have been able to find the same recipe ’til now. Thank you for sharing. What a nice edition this recipe will make to our holiday table.

  5. Can it be made in the evening before and kept in fridge overnight? Due to the lack of time i would like to prepare it timely but i am afrade it could loss its taste

 

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