Cheese Ball

Jan 17th
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The story behind this Cheese Ball is quite interesting, which I will tell in a minute. I want you to know that personally I think all Cheese Balls that you buy at the grocery store are really pretty boring. This recipe though is outstanding, it is creamy, savory, and crunchy. This recipe makes two Cheese Balls, and would be perfect to serve for the Superbowl, whether you are having a party or not. You can also freeze them to serve at a later date. So, to get to the story, my Mother gave me this recipe in 2001. She answered a call on her land line, and it was a wrong number. There was a woman on the other end and she asked for Tom. My Mother told her you have the wrong number, and the lady precedes to tell her oh, I have to get a hold of Tom, he has the best recipe for a Cheese Ball that I’ve ever had. My Mother the great cook that she is says, well, when you do get a hold of Tom, can you call me back with the recipe? A few minutes later the lady called her back and we have been making it ever since. I wish I knew who to give credit to, but all I know is his name is Tom, so thank you Tom! I also adore this slate cheese board that I bought at the Chelsea Market in NYC. You can also buy it online at Brooklyn Slate Company. It comes with a soapstone pencil that is perfect for identifying your Cheeses. The slate board is dishwasher safe too! I added the little mouse that sits on top of the board, because isn’t he just adorable? I bought him at a gift store in Douglas Michigan. I would like to thank my Mom, for inspiring me to cook and entertain. For as long as I can remember my Mother has been entertaining, whether it be for family or friends. I grew up in a time where we waited for my Father to get home from work before we would have dinner. My Father was a Golf Professional at a Private club. In the summer months when he was the busiest, sometimes we would wait and eat at 9:00pm. My parents always entertained too, my Mother was never afraid to try anything new. I can remember her making Morel mushrooms that they had just picked in the forest of  Illinois in the Spring. The aroma from those mushrooms wafting through the house was amazing, they were dipped in egg and then cracker crumbs and fried in butter. I still make mushrooms that way, to this day. Of course I use button, not morel because they are more readily available. My Mother was the first one in her group to make Beef tenderloin and Lobster. My favorite thing that she makes is pot roast and mashed potatoes, her fried chicken livers are to die for too! So thank you Mom for inspiring me to try new recipes and for learning how to be a great hostess! Please leave a comment for me and let me know what you think of my Cheese Ball. Thanks for reading, Stacey

Cheese Ball:

Makes two Cheese Balls

2 8 oz cream cheese softened

1-1/2 cups smoked cheddar (shredded) I use Hoffmans smoked sharp cheddar

1 package of Lipton Onion soup mix

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbs chopped pimento

2 tsp lemon juice

3 tsp worcestershire

1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients except the pecans in a large mixing bowl. When mixed, mold two balls with your hands. Roll in chopped pecans and refrigerate at least for 2 hours. Serve with you favorite crackers and little mouse! Enjoy!

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