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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cheese Balls

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Did you get the Checkout 51 cream cheese? Whether your answer is yes or no, you  get another chance this week! The $4 off when you buy 3 blocks is still on for Dec 20-26. As you can see from my last post I picked mine up at Costco. It works out to $1.63 per 250g brick.Which is wonderful if you have a hankering(yes, I said word!) for cheese ball. We love cheese balls at Christmas time! To buy one in the store(200g size) you usually pay at least $7. To make this homemade version(250+g each) it costs about $4.26 for 2, or $2.13 each! It is so simple, the hardest part is waiting the 2 1/2 hours for it to get more solid!
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The original recipe is from my from Linda(thanks Linda!). Of course I modified it so I will provide you with both!
Linda's Cheese Ball
1 lb cream cheese(I used 500g)
8oz sharp cheddar cheese(I used about a 1/2-3/4cup of old)
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard(didn't have this so left it out)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
pinch of pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans(I used sliced almonds) 
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Finely grate the cheese. Add to 2 bricks of room temperature cream cheese in large bowl. Use electric mixer to beat together.
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Add mustard, sauce and pepper, beat together. If you like you can add in the  finely ground nuts too, or you can roll the cheese ball in them. Or both!
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I plopped the mixture onto wax paper as I did not want that much cream cheese under my nails!  I shaped it with the wax paper all around it. then I sprinkled the almonds on and shaped it again.
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 Wrap it in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator 2 1/2 hours or overnight. So, in 2 1/2 hours I will be sitting down to have some cheese ball and crackers! How about you?
I think I will be getting more cream cheese this week, as we love the layered dip this time of year! I will post the recipe soon. 

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