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Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Balls

 Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Balls
Your party will heat up once these bacon-coated mini cheese balls are on the table. Nicely spiced with red pepper flakes, they’re just the right size for nibbling.—Pamela Stepp, Dandridge, Tennessee
30 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the first eight ingredients until blended.
  • Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls.
  • Place bacon into a small shallow dish; roll cheese balls in bacon.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers. Yield: about
  • 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 mini cheese ball (calculated without crackers) equals 96 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 182 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.