Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Holiday Cheese Ball

This recipe comes from my husband's cousin's wife, Jane.

2 8-oz packages of cream cheese
1 small jar chopped pimento
as much chopped green onion as you like
5 pieces of crumbled bacon

Let the cream cheese come to room temperature so it's soft enough to mix. Cut the green ends of the onions into tiny pieces and mix with the drained pimento. Add that mess to the softened cream cheese and finely crumbled bacon.

Mix well and roll in chopped pecans.

****My changes****

Jane's recipe calls for a measly 5 pieces of bacon. Who can stop at 5 pieces of bacon? I normally buy the really thin stuff and cook the whole package. After I drain the bacon I run it through the food processor and chop it up pretty fine.

Once I mix the cheese, bacon, onion, and pimento together I pack it into a bowl lined with plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge until it firms up a bit. Once it's a little firmer, I take it out of the bowl/plastic wrap and roll it in chopped nuts, normally a mix of different kinds or a mix of chopped parsley and nuts.

The longer this cheese ball sits in the fridge, the better it is. Serve with crackers or veggies of choice.

I could eat my weight in this stuff and that's a bunch of Holiday Cheese Balls.


Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Have you tried that microwave bacon? I'm hooked on that stuff, so easy and quick, no mess and less grease! It tastes great, nice and crispy without all the work and messy cleanup!

JLynnette (Aunt Jo) said...

I have tried it and loved it.

Unfortunately, or not, I have quite a bit of bacon in the freezer and am trying to use it up so I can go all microwave bacon in the future.

Annie said...

This sounds awesome! I love bacon! I love cheese! I love crackers! This would NOT be a good thing for me to make!