Cranberry Walnut Cheese Ball
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Made with only four ingredients, this Cranberry Walnut Cheese Ball recipe is a delicious appetizer to start off any meal or holiday party.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
  • 8 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded white sharp cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • crackers for serving
  1. In a mixing bowl mix together cream cheese and cheddar cheese until well combined and cheddar cheese is evenly distributed. Mix in chopped cranberries.
  2. Lay a large piece of plastic wrap out on a flat surface. Scoop the cheese mixture out of the bowl and place it in the middle of the plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around the cheese mound, then use your hands to shape it into a perfect ball. Chill for at least one hour or overnight.
  3. Unwrap the cheese ball and using small handfuls of nuts at a time, press the chopped walnuts onto the outer surface of the cheese ball. You can leave the bottom surface uncovered as it will be the side that sits on the plate. Alternatively, add the walnuts to a plate or baking sheet and roll the ball through them, using your hands to press walnuts into all the cracks and crevices.
  4. Keep chilled until ready to serve and serve with crackers. Have a cheese spreader handy for spreading.
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