It's almost Christmas...and I'm feeling cheesy!
No, I'm not ready for Christmas, not even close, and my kiddos are coming to town soon. I did get a couple of cheese goodies made and in the freezer and thought it would be nice to share them here.
Actually, this one is a cheese-log, but you could make a star or tree, any shape that's eye-catching and festive for the holidays.
My teen girlfriend, Kim and I used to buy pricey cheese spread that came in a little jar and slather wheat thins with it. Those were the days! In her honor, a few years ago I created this cheeseball that is really delish. I have gifted it, partied with it, and shared it with lots of friends. It is one of my most requested recipes. If you're not a fan of green olives stuffed with pimentos, black chopped olives will do. Give it a try, and let me know if you like it.
- 3 (8ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 (7 ounce) jar pimento stuffed olives, drained and minced
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon hot pepper sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, optional
- 1 pound Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
With an electric mixer or food processor, combine cream cheese, garlic, olives, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and seasoning salt. Blend well. Add Chedder cheese and process until combined. Shape the mixture into 3 balls or logs. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. This will make each ball easier to handle. When well chilled, roll in toasted pecans.
Serve with crackers, toasted bread...stars are fun, or fresh veggies. I always use lettuce leaves in place of carb-loaded crackers, or stuff some celery. Party on...watch for another cheesy goodie soon!
Wishing you all holiday cheer!