Sunday, December 29, 2013

Nutty Bacon Cheese Ball

Ingredients 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese , softened 1/2 cup milk 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1/4 cup (1 ounce) blue cheese , crumbled 1/4 cup finely minced green onions (white part only) 1 jar diced pimento , drained 3/4 cup Fisher pecans , divided (Of course, any nut will do!) 10 slices bacon , cooked, drained, finely crumbled and divided Salt and pepper 1/4 cup minced parsley 1 tablespoon poppy seeds Directions Place cream cheese in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Turn to Speed Two and mix 1 minute. Stop and scrape bowl. Turn to Speed Two and gradually add milk, mixing until well blended about 1 minute. Stop and scrape bowl. Add cheeses, onions, pimientos, half of the bacon and half the pecans. Turn to Speed 4 and beat until well blended, about another minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap. Form into a ball and wrap tightly. Refrigerate (or freeze) at least 2 hours. Combine the remaining bacon and remaining pecans, parsley and poppy seeds in a pie plate. Then, remove the plastic wrap and roll the cheese ball lightly in the bacon/nut mixture until evenly coated. Wrap it back up in plastic wrap and refrigerate again until ready to use. Paula Deen

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