There aren’t a lot of appetizer recipes on this blog (yet). I don’t entertain a lot, but whenever my dad comes to visit I like to put out some dips, veggies and other munchables. I had the misfortune of being sick over Christmas, so I had to postpone his visit until the Sunday after New Year’s. When he came up I made this cheese and a few other fun things, which I will share over the next couple of posts. This cheese ball is delicious and packed with smoked Gouda flavor and wonderful sun-dried tomatoes!
Not only does this taste great, it looks marvelous as well. It’s really easy to put together and can be made ahead of time, saving you the stress of last minute preparations. This would be great for any Super Bowl get together you might be having! Serve it with sturdy crackers or celery and carrot sticks. You might want to take it out of the refrigerator an hour or so ahead and time to let it soften up a bit.
I made this using my new food processor I got for Christmas :) but you can mix everything with a wooden spoon. Using the food processor will cream the shredded cheese in with the cream cheese and combine it much better than by hand.
Gouda and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Ball
adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
2 cups shredded Gouda cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup chopped oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, drained
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Combine cream cheese and Gouda cheese in food processor until creamy. remove cheese mixture from processor and place in a bowl. Stir in chives, tomatoes and garlic powder.
Shape mixture into 1 large or 2 small balls or logs; roll in pecans. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours but no longer than 2 weeks. Serve with crackers.
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