When it’s time for a party, everyone requests this ultimate cheese ball. It works as a spreadable dip and makes a fabulous hostess gift. —Sue Franklin, Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon (about 12 strips), divided
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted, divided
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Assorted crackers
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Stir in shredded cheeses, 1/2 cup bacon, 1/4 cup pecans, onion, pimientos, pickle relish, salt and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
- In a small bowl, mix parsley, poppy seeds and remaining bacon and pecans. Spread half of parsley mixture on a large piece of plastic. Shape half of the cheese mixture into a ball; roll in parsley mixture to coat evenly. Wrap in plastic. Repeat. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as Bacon, Cheddar and Swiss Cheese Ball in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2015, p11
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