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Cranberry-Blue Cheese Ball

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 16

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. MORE + LESS -

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

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  • 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

  • For mess-free cheese ball shaping, place cheese mixture on a sheet of plastic wrap, and bring edges together to form the cheese ball.
  • This cheese ball is delicious served with buttery crackers or crispy wheat crackers.
  • 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

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
Calories from Fat
140
% Daily Value
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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