Cheese Ball

Cheese Ball

Allow to reach room temperature and then mix well:

1 package of cream cheese
1/4 pound grated cheddar cheese, preferably sharp (or more)
4 Tablespoons finely chopped (even grated) onion (use a Zyliss food chopper or grate onion and cheese together in your food processor)
1 teaspoon minced garlic (or more, adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon horseradish (or more, adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce (you really don’t want to dispense with this)

Mix very well- I use a fork first, then go to my electric hand mixer, then back to a fork. Scoop together into a sort of a mound and refrigerate an hour or two.

Roll this into two balls, using two spoons to shape the ball. You can also wrap it in plastic wrap to help shape it without getting your warm fingers all over it.

Crush or chop some nuts and put them in a saucer- it takes surprisingly little. We like almonds and/or walnuts, but feel free to use anything you have on hand.
Roll the ball in the nuts, put on a pretty plate or a cheese tray and return to refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. Repeat with the second ball.

Serve with crackers. If you make your own crackers this also makes a very lovely gift- you can wrap the cheese ball, put the crackers in a ziplock bag and put it all in a pretty basket with a nice dish towel. Look at thrift shops and yard sales for pretty baskets, tins, and even tupperware to package this special home-made gift. You could also just put the crackers in a jar with a lid, cut out a square of cloth to cover the lid and tie a ribbon around it.

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