Craisins Cheddar Cheese Ball with scoop taken out of it on a plate next to crackers
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Craisins White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Craisins White Cheddar Cheese Ball made with white cheddar, cream cheese, dried cranberries, parsley, garlic, green onion, rosemary and toasted pecans.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese ball appetizer, easy cheese appetizer, white cheddar cheese ball
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cheese ball
Calories 2724kcal
Author Plating Pixels

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temp
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup Craisins or dried cranberies
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup green onion thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh rosemary optional

Instructions

  • Prepare pecans ahead of time: cook in a pan over medium-high heat, stirring often until slightly browned and fragrant; about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a plate.
  • Place all remaining ingredients (except pecans) in a large bowl and stir well until completely mixed. You may need to mix by hand as it will be very thick.
  • Shape mixture into an even ball, about 4-inches in diameter. Roll ball in chopped pecans to evenly coat outside.
  • Serve immediately with crackers or bread. Or store covered in fridge 1-2 days until ready to serve.

Notes

  • To soften cream cheese, let sit at room temp about 30 minutes. It will soften quicker if you cut into separate slices to allow for more surface area.
  • If you're having trouble shaping the ball you can place the mixture in the fridge for 5 minutes or wet your hands to stop the mixture sticking to you.
  • White cheddar makes this cheese ball look very festive and impressive but you can also use yellow/orange cheddar
  • A sharp cheddar will give the best flavor but you could also try using a smoked cheddar, I don't recommend using a mild one.
  • If you don't have pecans you could use other nuts such as walnuts, cashews or pistachios
  • Try to use the highest quality ingredients possible especially for the cream cheese and cheddar. It will make a big difference to the end result especially if you're making this for a special occasion.
  • Serve with crackers or breadsticks.

Nutrition

Calories: 2724kcal | Carbohydrates: 162g | Protein: 67g | Fat: 214g | Saturated Fat: 86g | Cholesterol: 427mg | Sodium: 1807mg | Potassium: 1210mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 116g | Vitamin A: 6565IU | Vitamin C: 30.5mg | Calcium: 1606mg | Iron: 7.5mg