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Gorgonzola & Cranberry Cheese Ball

 Gorgonzola & Cranberry Cheese Ball
A cheese ball is a classic appetizer to take to any gathering, and it's so easy to make. This version, studded with tangy dried cranberries, is a holiday hit. —Kathy Hahn, Pollock Pines, California
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons each finely chopped onion, celery, green pepper and sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine cheeses. Stir in the cranberries, vegetables
  • and pepper sauce. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Roll cheese ball in pecans.
  • Serve with crackers. Yield: 2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1/4 cup (calculated without crackers) equals 274 calories, 22 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 277 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.