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Festive Cheese Beach Ball

 Festive Cheese Beach Ball
Made to resemble a beach ball, this appetizer always rounds up compliments. It's filled with a variety of cheese, and each cut through the ball gives guests a taste along with garnishes of their choice.—Florence McClelland, Fredonia, New York
56 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 6 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened, divided
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 1/4 cup cooked tiny shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweet yellow pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ripe olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimientos
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine two packages of cream cheese and blue cheese
  • until smooth. In a another large bowl, combine two packages of cream
  • cheese and cheddar cheese; set aside. In a third bowl, beat the
  • remaining cream cheese until fluffy; add the onions and garlic.
  • In a 2-qt. bowl lined with plastic wrap, layer each portion of cream
  • cheese. Invert onto a serving platter; remove plastic wrap and shape
  • into a ball.
  • With a sharp knife, score eight sections on the ball. Sprinkle each

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Festive Cheese Beach Ball (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • section with one of the toppings and press lightly. Serve with
  • crackers. Yield: 7 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 49 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 133 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.