Cranberry pecan cheese ball
If you’re looking for a quick appetizer for the holidays, or something to nibble on while dinner’s cooking, this might be it. We’ll be enjoying it with a delicious array of goodies on Christmas Eve at my parents’ house.
I don’t know where this recipe comes from, but I clipped it from a magazine ages ago and it’s been in my recipe binder ever since. It comes together in a snap, and is light and tasty served with some good buttery crackers. I think it’s pretty rolled up into a ball, but you could skip that part and serve it from a bowl instead. Truthfully, I’d enjoy it on a bagel too, and I just may do that if there’s any left by Christmas morning.
Hoping you all have a lovely weekend. Merry Christmas!
Recipe: Cranberry Cheese Ball
1 8-oz. package of cream cheese
2 Tbsp. concentrated orange juice (slightly thawed)
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
zest of one orange (or 2 Tbsp. dried orange zest)
1/4 c. finely chopped pecans + more to finely ground for covering cheeseball
1/4 c. finely chopped dried cranberries
crackers for serving
In the bowl of your mixer, combine cream cheese, orange juice concentrate, cinnamon, and sugar until smooth and creamy. Fold in orange zest, pecans, and cranberries. Spoon mixture into the center of a piece of plastic wrap and mold into a ball. Set aside. In a food processor, finely grind a handful of pecans. Transfer to a plate or bowl. Unwrap cheese ball and roll in ground pecans until coated. Chill until ready to serve.