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Christmas Appetizer: Easy Homemade Cheese Balls

Traci Taylor

When my sister asked me to bring an appetizer for Christmas, this was a no brainer.  Simple to make and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (8 oz., 2 cups) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup of crushed pecans

Directions

In large bowl combine cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, red pepper, onion, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, cayenne and salt. Mix well. Shape into a ball, or into 24 smaller balls. Pop in the fridge for 4 to 6 hours.  Pour chopped pecans on a plate and roll the ball (or small balls) around in the nuts to coat.  Serve with crackers.

See?  I told you it was easy (and a LOT cheaper to make than to buy pre-made)!

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