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Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

 Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball
Meet the Cook: Needing a quick appetizer one night when dinner was running late, I combined a few leftovers into this easy cheese ball. For variety, you can shape it into a log, or substitute favorite herbs for the pepper. My husband and I are the proud parents of two children, Kenton, 6, and Katie, 4. -Tamara Rickard, Bartlett, Tennessee
20 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese and pepper until
  • blended. Stir in broccoli. Shape into a ball and roll in bacon.
  • Cover and refrigerate.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with
  • crackers. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 72 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 99 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.