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Party Cheese Ball

Party Cheese Ball

A festive and colorful party cheese ball made with cream cheese, chopped Maraschino cherries, crushed pineapple and toasted walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (about 14) maraschino cherries
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • Crackers or cut-up vegetables

Instructions

  1. Drain maraschino cherries on paper towels.
  2. Chop cherries and drain again.
  3. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed 3 to 4 minutes, or until cream cheese is smooth.
  4. Stir in pineapple and cherries.
  5. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  6. Shape cheese mixture into two (4-inch) balls.
  7. Roll cheese balls in walnuts, pressing nuts into surface to adhere.
  8. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled.
  9. Serve as a spread with crackers or vegetables.

Yield: 2 (4-inch) cheese balls

Tip: You can prepare this appetizer in advance, then freeze it for later use. Allow cheese balls to thaw in refrigerator before serving.

Recipe and photo credit: National Cherry Growers Foundation




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