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Rosalyn Carter's Plains Cheese Ring

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  • 1 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 twists freshly-ground black pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar strawberry preserves
  • Whole-grain crackers or Melba toast


  1. Combine cheese with mayonnaise, chopped nuts and onions. Mix in black pepper and cayenne, and blend thoroughly. Press into 3-cup ring mold.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. To serve, dip mold into a pan of hot water for 15 to 20 seconds before turning out onto a serving platter.
  4. Fill center with strawberry preserves and serve at once with whole-grain crackers or Melba toast.

Serves 6 to 8.