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Cranberry-Blue Cheese Ball

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Cranberry-Blue Cheese Ball
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 16
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Step aside, boring cheese balls! This pecan, cranberry, blue cheese beauty is coated in toasted bread crumbs and parsley for a fun twist on the traditional nut-covered cheese ball.
Updated Aug 4, 2016

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (5 oz) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Assorted crackers, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, honey, red pepper and salt with electric mixer on low speed 1 to 2 minutes or until mixed and fluffy. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm enough to shape into a ball.
  • 2
    Just before shaping, melt butter in 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown; transfer to medium bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in parsley.
  • 3
    Shape cheese mixture into 1 large ball. Roll in toasted bread crumb mixture; place on serving plate. Serve with crackers.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    For mess-free cheese ball shaping, place cheese mixture on a sheet of plastic wrap, and bring edges together to form the cheese ball.
  • tip 2
    This cheese ball is delicious served with buttery crackers or crispy wheat crackers.
  • tip 3
    To toast pecans, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until pecans begin to brown, then stirring constantly until pecans are light brown.

Nutrition Information

190 Calories, 15g Total Fat, 4g Protein, 10g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
Calories from Fat
140
Total Fat
15g
24%
Saturated Fat
8g
38%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
290mg
12%
Potassium
85mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
10g
3%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
6g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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