Wen's Crunchy Cheeseball|
This is a cheeseball with a little bit of punch. I hate those bland textureless cheeseballs. This one has a wonderful flavor and a surprising crunch. It also uses kid-friendly, inexpensive, easy- to-find ingredients that make it great for family get togethers and holidays. Serve it chilled or at room temperature with hearty crackers or thick slices of fruit, carrot sticks, and/or celery stalks.
16 ounces softened cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 scallions, chopped
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans
Beat all of the ingredients except for the pecans together with an electric mixer. Spoon the mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a ball. Wrap the ball tightly with the plastic wrap and place in a bowl roughly the same size to help the ball hold its shape. Chill for at least two hours. Roll the ball in the pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with sturdy crackers, apple slices, carrot sticks, and celery stalks.
Makes 12 servings.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes